Family Sub-User Accounts
I have a beautiful wife and two great kids (7 and 3), I would love for them to use Logos too but in their own way.
It would be great if the application allowed sub-users, maybe 5 for each master account so Kids etc can use logos and have their own set of notes and layouts etc without accidentally deleting mine :).
Apple and Microsoft have similar features to this.
seth pryor commented
I believe that at the very minimum the terms and agreements should be changed, based on property ownership.
I have been satisfied with Logos since I first purchased it when you came out with it...but not since last night! I installed it on my wife's computer and when I opened the software, my desktop came up. That sir is unacceptable. If she adds or deletes anything, I've lost my work. She needs her own login information.
Until that is changed, I will be recommending eSword!
Yes, would be really great to be able to share the library with family!
Great idea! I strongly recommend that FL will launch such a license.
Joel Moore commented
As Christians we value studying the Bible together as families so we can build strong marriages, and help our children develop a love for God's Word as they learn and grow in it with us. Logos is an amazing resource for studying the Bible, and it would be even more amazing if it could build in some family dynamics.
I know that I can load Logos on my wife's computer, and on my boys' computer when we get them one, but I understand that they would all have to log in under my Logos ID. In talking to support, I could use visual filters, and maybe collections in some ways to keep my wife's work separate from mine. And it seems like maybe I could create a highlighting palette for my wife, where if she uses only that palette I could then have her highlights not show on my computer. While this might help, it doesn't seem to be a great solution for people who spend a lot of time in Logos and have organized it just the way they want it. In my case, I would have to educate all of my family members very well on the software, and then they would have to follow all my suggestions for me to avoid changes by others that I would not want, and that's really not realistic.
So I was hoping Logos could allow people to prove their family relationships, and then the people in your family may download Logos on their own devices with their own Logos IDs. Then, if the husband for example has invested in a large library, he can own the master account where he can designate certain resources to be downloaded onto family member accounts, and each family member would have a completely clean copy of that resource so no settings, highlights or anything else can create disorder, and everybody can set things up and use Logos as works best for them.
If you wanted to make Logos even MORE awesome than that, maybe you could then take the value that we have for the husband-wife relationship and build it up in the software, such as by making a tool for husband and wife Bible study! (And kids separately too.) Logos could be responsible for improving marriages and spiritual growth in families. Maybe you could have certain resources, notes, reading plans, comments or dialogue streams within the family, and prayer lists that could be designated for working on together in a new "Family" tool with lots of functionality toward how people can best study the Bible together, perhaps at different times. The so populated Family tool would then appear on all of your family members' respective devices within Logos (under everybody's own ID), and you could work together as a family! Yet changes regarding the resources such as highlighting and other changes made from within the Family tool would, or would not, depending upon each user's choices, carry over when the user is outside the Family tool (e.g. the user still has a clean copy of the resources without any family edits, when outside the Family tool).
I would think this would also be a smart business move for Logos, because the more you engage the whole family, the more resources that will end up being purchased. For example, when my son starts studying Romans and wants to read this new book by this one pastor he heard about at youth group on the subject, he's going to want to buy it, and then maybe we add that to our family study. If you make it dynamic and awesome for somebody to use Logos for spiritual growth of their family, you will be facilitating and incentivizing the creation of a lot more Logos users.
So pretty please, could Logos help make families stronger by thinking this out and helping us use our already owned resources to grow our families too? I know there are many that would be most grateful for your thought and effort in this area.
I'd love for my wife and children to be able to have their own accounts using my library, too. But there would need to be limits. If we are saying they should have access because the library should be treated like a physical library of books which the family could have on the shelf at home, then my children should only have access as long as they are in the home. If my child goes off to Bible College, I'm not letting him take my entire library off the shelf with him. I still need it. There would need to be an age cutoff, or a location cutoff for additional users.
I love this idea. My wife just asked me if she could get my account info so she could do research for Sunday School.
Long wished for this. I’ve invested 5 figures into Logos. My wife should have access to my books but in her own “space”.
Paulus Kieviet commented
I strongly agree. Logos resources are increasingly taking the place of our physical libraries. I am very happy for my kids to raid my bookshelves, and in the same way I'd love to be able to have them use my Logos library. But they should have their own username, so they could add their own layouts, highlights, notes etc.
Geoff Husa commented
I too would really appreciate the ability to have my wife, and my kids when they're old enough, be able to use the books and resources we've invested so much in.
My son is heading into seminary and I have an extensive Logos library that will eventually be willed to him, but in the meantime it seems family members should have access through a sibling account that is connected to the parent. The concern is the continuity of devices, where the research threads flow from one device to another, but this would disrupt research flow if I am using my library and he is doing his own research or study. Adding a family sharing feature will increase the value of Logos, especially as we invest in building this extensive library. Though our library is digital and not tangible, it seems it should be treated as if it were tangible, especially if marketed as an alternative to physical copies. Thank you.
Andrew Biddinger commented
Commenting on this to agree again!
Ryan Vars commented
I was just trying to research this. My kids are now 15 and 13 and I would love for them to have access to some of my Bible Study resources but I don't necessarily want them making new notes/highlights in my Library. A family share plan would be incredible!
Please FL and Logos, consider adding this feature to encourage Bible study in families...
Mark Wilson commented
AND, I would like to suggest another, similar idea but "completely different" idea: resource lending. (sorry if there is an existing thread about this)
This is something that Amazon has worked with Kindle out whereby a person who has purchased a book and electronically "lend" it to another person for a FIXED period of time.
I know that the company would prefer to sell a resource, however, at times "borrowing" a resource is all that is needed. AND, this too might lead to selling a resource. (At times I'm thinking of buying a resource but am not sure if it really fits my need, or, for the price, I must be really, really sure that it will fit my need. Borrowing it for a fixed time would very much help in my decision making.
I am also going to make this a separate post, and so would invite the moderator to delete one of the posts as fitting. Thank you!
Andrew Biddinger commented
I agree. Family sharing is very much needed for logos books. Also, related is book sharing/loaning/gifting like Amazon Kindle does. Digital Libraries should have the same abilities as a personal library.
Robert Warmath commented
I would strongly encourage consideration of this idea. I am teaching my wife to use Logos. She has her own Bible reading plans and prayer lists, but once she starts learning to use the study features, we're going to have a problem with layouts and desktops. I purchased the Diamond level, and simply can't afford to purchase a separate package for her (especially since I would want her to have access to all the resources I have already purchased). That would also allow her to be working on the software on the home computer while I am on the office machine - can't do that now!
Douglas Alvarenga commented
I thought 3 year old kids couldn't write or read LOL this is definitely some pulling our leg :D