14 April 2010

I don't think so.


Our future operating results may be affected by a number of factors. We are dependent upon a number of major inventory and intellectual property suppliers. If a critical supplier had operational problems or ceased making material available to us, operations could be adversely affected."

That quote is from a 10K filed in December 2009, of a firm that claims "
it is currently believed by us to be the market leader in its category".

I don't remember seeing any representatives from that company at BibleTech 2008, BibleTech 2009, or BibleTech 2010. Maybe I missed them. Maybe I forgot about them. More to the point, they did not participate in the SBL Bible Software Shootout.

After using their software, I can understand why they would want to give the
SBL Bible Software Shootout a miss.

There were 2.5 million downloads of e-Sword in 2009. That is more than double the number of programs that this company (under both current management and ownership, and previous management and ownership) claims to have sold in its entire history --- circa 1990 to 2009.)

Their bigger risk is that they don't clearly explain the differences between the products they offer. (US$13.99 or US$69.95 for what appears to be the same item, depending upon which page you order it on. Either way, the US$39.95 product is a lost sale.

The issue with intellectual property suppliers withdrawing permission to distribute their content is one that all Bible Study Software developers have to face. It doesn't matter if you are Logos Bible Software, The Crosswire Bible Society, Laridian, Inc, or any other developer. Content providers can be whimsical, and request/demand that one cease distributing their copyrighted product.