If you shop sales you’ll find that Bible software companies and book publishing companies regularly offer sales on eBooks. I personally have reference material on Logos, Accordance, and Kindle. Switching between screens is not much different from the pre-internet days when research involved books strewn across a table. If you are looking to expand your eBook library and are mindful of money, the following sources are useful.
Bible Software and Booksellers
Logos Bible Software
Logos at logos.com has an ongoing “free book of the month” program. In the span of a year they’ll give away both academic and devotional material. Even more, they ‘ll put related books and reference material on sale so after adding that month’s free book to your cart, keep scrolling to see if some of the sale books are interesting to you.
Logos also has a monthly book sale that is also worth checking out. The “Sale” entry in the website’s menu includes links to both the Free Book of the Month and their Monthly Sales.
Finally, Logos has an “Academic Basic” package that is a must-have for students. You have to enroll in their Academic Discount Program in order to download it, but it includes a set of solid academic resources, for free.
Accordance Bible Software
Accordance at AccordanceBible.com has an “On Sale This Week” link in the “Store” drop down menu item. Some of my best deals on major purchases have come from this page.
Formerly known as Christian Book Distributors, Christianbook.com offers regular discounts on academic material and is a place I have kept in rotation for 20+ years when looking for books on sale. The quickest way of finding eBooks is to enter “eBook” in the search menu, then click the menu to refine the search to “Reference” or “Academic,” then go from there. You could also search for individual titles and select “eBook” as an option. They tend to sell eBooks as DRM Protected EPUB files.
Publishers would love to have your contact information, and in exchange they will send you newsletters and links to their book & ebook sales. For a list of common publishers in the field of Biblical & Theological Studies, see the list of Publishing Houses at BibTheo.com/abbreviations. What follows is a small sampling of the larger field. Inclusion here is not endorsement of the company or of all the things they print, but simply intends to represent some tent-poles in the broader field of the academic study of Scripture.
- Baker Publishing Group publishes the following imprints: Baker Books, Baker Academic, Bethany House, Brazos Press, Chosen, and Revell. Baker Academic is the imprint that is most directly focused on the academic study of scripture, “serving the academy and the church by publishing high-quality works that bring Christian faith to bear on the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and human flourishing” (from their website). But all of their imprints are worth browsing, especially if you are a student of Scripture.
- Eerdmans. The Eerdword blog includes a monthly entry for eBooks on sale in any given month. Go to the menu and look for “Eerdword Posts” –> “eBook Sales” to find the latest list, or search for “eBook sale” plus the current month and year. Their eBooks tend to be on Kindle, Apple Books, and sometimes in other platforms.
- InterVarsity Press. The homepage for InterVarsity Press has a link in the menu for books sales. There will typically be a link for: “Weekly Deals,” the deal of the month, and “Clearance Sale.” Go to https://www.ivpress.com/newsletters to sign up for their newsletter.
- Orbis Books
- Sheffield Phoenix
- T&T Clark
- Westminster John Knox
- Wipf & Stock publishes the following imprints: Cascade, Pickwick, Wipf & Stock, Resource, Stone Table, & Front Porch Republic. To sign up for their newsletter, go to their homepage at https://wipfandstock.com, scroll down, and a “subcribe to our newsletter” pop up will appear. Their newsletter should contain links to subscribe to their $2.99 Kindle Sales.
- Zondervan Academic
There is a vibrant academic social media crowd in our discipline if you know who to follow. While they have mostly been on Twitter, other digital spaces may emerge as more common digital spaces. Authors and publishers regularly post their own sales so are worth following in general on whatever social media platform you prefer. Nijay Gupta regularly posts links to book and eBook sales on his Twitter & Facebook page.