Logos Bible Software & the Kindle Fire

I am learning to use my new Kindle Fire. My favorite Android app so far is Logos Bible Software. This, after all, is the reason I purchased the Fire. I’ve had mobile access of my Logos library for a year or more via my iPad, but as much as I love the iPad, it’s not my favorite reading device. When it is time to do some casual reading, the Kindle is my device of choice. I’ve owned a Kindle 3 for just over a year. If there were books in my Logos library I wanted to read on my Kindle, I had to export the text from Logos for Windows or Mac to a .rtf file, and then send it to my Kindle via Amazon’s free document service. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked.

When I saw the introduction of the Kindle Fire in September, I pre-ordered one on the spot. (It is an early Christmas gift.) I had two motives for purchasing the Fire: 1) access to my Logos library on a Kindle-like device; 2) the added benefit of reading with a touch screen rather than e-ink, which requires a light.

If I keep those two objectives in mind, then I am very satisfied with my Kindle Fire. In my opinion, the Kindle Fire is not an iPad killer. I don’t think Amazon designed it to be an iPad killer. The device is clearly built to consume media, and it does this very well.

With the addition of the Logos Bible Software app in the Amazon App Store, I am now set for reading nearly any book in my library. Unfortunately, the current development of the Logos app limits its value as a study tool. Before I can read a Logos book for serious research or study using any mobile device, the Android or iOS apps will need the capability to highlight text, create notes, and have my notes and highlights sync with my desktop version of Logos Bible Software.

According to the good folks at Logos, these features are on the way, but there is no mention of a timeline.

 

    Chris Eller is a Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Pastor, Geek, Writer, Photographer, and Church Technology Consultant.

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