7014Crum and Smith to be available electronically
- Jan 15, 2006Hi everyone,
I thought some on this list might be interested to know that Crum's "Coptic
Dictionary", which is currently out of print, is about to be released
electronically by Logos Bible Software through the Libronix Digital Library
System. Prices are:
Suggested Retail Price $198.58 AUD (approx; $149.95 USD)
Logos Sale Price $172.10 AUD (approx; $129.95 USD)
Pre-Publication Special $132.37 AUD (approx; $99.95 USD)
See http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2529 for further details.
Also available is Richard Smith's "A Concise Coptic-English Lexicon"
Suggested Retail Price $26.42 AUD (approx; $19.95 USD)
Logos Sale Price $26.42 AUD (approx; $19.95 USD)
Pre-Publication Special $19.80 AUD (approx; $14.95 USD)
Of course, seeing this is part of the Libronix system, you would need to
purchase some base-level software if you don't already have it. The prices
they are charging on the website are not cheap, but I found a base-level
version at my local discount Christian bookshop on sale for significantly
less than the quoted prices. Many of the books that they offer are
theologically fairly conservative, but they also have Nag Hammadi in English
(4th ed) for $66.00 USD, the complete 60 years of the Biblical Archaeologist
for $109.00 USD and Semeia 1974-2002 for $49.95 USD, plus a range of
Aramaic, Syriac and Latin resources and they are also planning to release a
"Coptic Bible" in the near future.
I have Nag Hammadi in English and Semeia and find them quite useful because
there is a search facility in the software. It does, however, take a little
while to get your mind around how the system works.
FWIW Logos also provides a downloadable Coptic keyboard mapping for use with
Unicode fonts and with the Logos Library system at
http://www.logos.com/support/lbs/fonts/CopticKeyboard. I am not totally
enthralled with the layout because some of the non-Greek characters require
the use of the Alt key, but you get used to it after a while and I assume
that using it would allow you to do an electronic search in Crum, although I
haven't actually checked this out. Having perfectly good paper copies of
both Crum and Smith, I am not sure that I want to lay out the money to buy
the electronic versions.
Incidentally, if I understand the site correctly, they won't ship until they
get more pre-pub orders, so it may be a while before you get your copy.
They post out CD-ROMs which you install and unlock on your computer.
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