Reading Plan (Basics)

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What is a Reading Plan?

 A Reading Plan is a tool of Logos which allows you to setup the reading of a Bible or book in a specified time period, and aids you in tracking your progress. You can setup as many reading plans as you like. This wiki page will provide the basic information in setting up a reading plan and using the reading plan. For specific custom reading plans see this wiki page: Reading Plans.
 In a Reading Plan you can read a whole book or a part of a book. For a Bible, you can select any of its books/chapters to read each day e.g. you can set a plan to read through the New Testament, or you could set a plan to read through Psalms and the New Testament.
You can choose which days of the week to read the book e.g. you could read through the Bible daily and have another Plan to read another book on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday.
 Whilst there is a great deal of flexibility in setting up your reading plan(s), you still might find some limitations e.g. Logos will try to divide your reading equally across the time frame that you specify, but it may not be the way that you wanted to read the book.



Setting up a Reading Plan

 Logos provides a Reading Plan editor. You will normally use this when first setting up your reading plan. You can edit your Reading Plan, but if you do so after you have started your reading plan Logos will restart your reading plan. So it is best to setup your plan and edit it before you actually start your reading. There are 5 sub-sections under this wiki heading which will step you through using the Reading Plan editor to setup a reading plan. Also you might want to view the Examples at the end of this wiki page for tips on different ways to setup your plan.


Starting a new Reading Plan

  1. Open the main Documents menu.
  2. Click on the New button
    • select Reading Plan.
    • select Generate a Reading Plan



  3. Logos opens the Reading Plan editor in a floating window.

It will be initially started for your Preferred Bible. The name of the Reading Plan will automatically be changed as you setup different areas in the reading plan editor, so there is no need to rename it at this time.



Selecting your book

 The first thing that you will need to do in the Reading Plan editor is select which book that you want to read. If you want to read more than one book you will need to create other reading plan(s).

  1. In the editor toolbar to the right of Read click on the title.



  2. From the drop down, which is similar to the Library tool, select the book that you want to read:
    • You can change the Library view from the default Tile view to Details or Cover.
    • You can use a Filter to have Logos filter the books in the drop down list.
    • You can start typing the name of the book in the Find box.



  3. After you have selected your book, it will appear in the editor. Notice that Logos has changed the name of your Reading Plan. There is no need to change the name at this time. If you want to rename the Reading Plan, do it after finishing the edit.



Selecting the portion of the book to read

 Logos provides a method for breaking up what you read in a book or Bible. If you are setting up a plan for a Bible, then you can break it down by Bible books e.g. Genesis, Matthew, etc. (including chapters and verses). For Bibles you can also specify how it will be read e.g. default, by chapter, or by pericope.
 If you wanted to read Genesis through Deuteronomy, then Matthew through John, and you setup it up to be read daily over a 3 month period, Logos will specify what is to be read each day. On the last day of the 3rd month you would read the last of John. During that time you may have read multiple chapters/pericopes in a day, or even read part of a chapter in a day. Logos tries to divide your reading into equal parts over the time period that you specified.
 When breaking a non-Bible into parts obviously you cannot do this like a Bible. But if Logos has your book indexed by page number, you can specify which pages that you want to read (see I cannot set page numbers in the Reading Plan to help you determine how your book is Indexed). For example say that you want to read a multi-chapter section of a Systematic Theology book. You could specify which page number to start with and which page number to stop with, and Logos would divide your reading into roughly equal parts for each day that you have set.

•  Reading the entire book

 This is the default for books (even Bibles). You will notice All Passages in the editor toolbar. If the range selection is missing, then you book is probably not indexed and Logos will assume that you want to read the whole book.

  1. If you have changed this and want to restore it to the entire book, click on the book range to the right of the title.
  2. In the drop down range menu, click on All Passages.



•  Reading specific parts of a Bible



  1. In the editor, click on the range (All Passages if you haven’t changed it).
  2. At the top of the range menu is All Passages. When selected you will read through the whole Bible. Under this you may see other named ranges that you already setup previously with this Bible or another Bible.
  3. Logos has some common ranges available for Bibles under Common Divisions.
  4. Popular Predefined plan(s).
  5. You can enter your own range here:
    1. Enter books which you want to read in the order that you want to read them
      e.g. Gen-Deut, Psalms, Proverbs, Matt-John will have you read Genesis through Deuteronomy, then Psalms and then Proverbs.
      Finally, you will read Matthew through John.
    2. If you want to read multiple sections each day you must use the pipe character ‘|’
      e.g. Gen-Deut | Psalms will have you reading some of the Pentateuch and some of the Psalms each day.
    3. When typing in a range, Logos will show a red rectangle around the range box if it does not understand or accept what you are entering.

  6. When you enter a custom range, you can name that range and then press the Save button. It will appear in the top portion as mentioned at step # 2.
    Tip: when you have named a range you cannot easily edit it. But if you hold your mouse over the named range (under step #2) and right click on it, you can copy the range info and then paste it into the range box. Then it can be edited, but you will need to re-enter the name and click on Save.



•  Reading specific parts of a non-Bible

 If your non-Bible book is indexed by Page number then you can specify which pages to read. You may also be able to specify non-bible references




  1. In the editor, click on the range (All Passages if you haven’t changed it).
  2. You will need to enter a range value here:
    • Enter the starting & ending page numbers to read,
      e.g. 149-225 or pp 149 – pp 225 or pg 149 – pg 225
    • If your book is broken into volumes you may need to enter the volume before the page number,
      e.g. v 1, pg 195 – 254 or v 1, pg 189-345 or v 1, pg 195 – v 2, pg 117 (your book will need to be indexed by Volume as well as Page number)
    • If you want to read multiple sections of your book each day, then use the pipe character (‘|’) between your sections.
      e.g. 147-400 | 468-539



  3. To locate page numbers in your book, open your book in a panel or window.
    1. Show the Table of Contents for your book e.g. Ctrl+Shift+ C (Mac users: Shift+Cmd+C).
    2. Locate the chapter where you want to start reading and click on it. Logos will position your book to that location. Also notice the page number is shown in the reference box.
      Next click on the chapter where you want to stop reading, and scroll to the point where you want to stop. Notice the page number of that location. Now you know the starting page and the ending page to enter in step #2.
  4. You can name the range that you entered as Logos will remember named ranges for a specific book.



Selecting when to read your book

 Now you will need to select the time frame for the Plan. When setting the time frame Logos will determine how many pages or sections to read each day. If it does not fit your needs, you can come back to this section and make changes.

•  Selecting how often to read your book

 First you will need to decide how often during the week to read in your book. Logos offers 3 options as shown below. Select the one that you prefer.




  1. In the editor toolbar to the right of the range, click on the day field (default is every day). Logos will show a drop down menu.
  2. To read every day of the week click here (this is the default).
  3. To read Monday through Friday click here.
  4. To select one or more days during the week, click to check the day(s) that you want to read.



•  Selecting when to start reading your book

 Now you will need to select the date when you want to start reading of your book.




  1. In the editor to the right of starting click on the date (default is today).
  2. Use the arrows to locate the month & year that you want to start.
  3. Then click on the month’s day that you want to start.



•  Selecting when to finish reading your book

 Now you will need to select the date when you want to finish reading your book.




  1. In the editor to the right of finishing click on the date (default is in one year).
  2. Click here to read you book in 1 year.
  3. Click here to read you book in 6 months.
  4. Click in here and type the number of weeks that you want to finish reading your book.
  5. Click in here and enter the number of reading sessions that you want to read your book in.
  6. Bibles only. Click in here and enter the number of verses per day that you want to read (Logos will compute the number of sessions for you).
  7. Click on the date to set a date when you want to finish reading
    Logos will show you a calendar, select the Month, year & day.



Finish creating your Reading Plan

 For Bibles, decide whether you want to read by Default, Chapter or Pericope.
 Then decide whether you will read “By Myself” or with a Faithlife Group listed in the drop down.

 Now that you have entered enough information for Logos to compute your Reading Plan, press the Start button. Logos only shows this button the first time you prepare your Reading Plan. Afterward, the Plan will be shown with an Edit button.
Notice that you can view the Plan in Overview, Calendar or List view.

 You should review your Reading Plan to see if it suits your needs.
Important: making changes after you start reading your book will result in losing the markings for what you have already read. So you should determine now if you need to make changes to the time frame




  1. Notice that Logos has renamed your Reading Plan. You can rename your plan here, but if you make changes Logos will automatically rename your plan again.
  2. Use the scroll bar to view your plan.
  3. In the Calendar view you will see link(s) to that day’s reading. If you have setup your range to read multiple sections each day, you will see multiple links here. You can click on a link to have Logos open your book to that day’s reading location.

      

  4. In the Calendar view if you hold your mouse over the next day’s reading then you will see the Done link appear. This will only show when holding over the next day’s reading. You can mark a day’s reading as Done by clicking on this link, but it would be better to do this in your book.
    • You will see a green checkmark in the upper right corner of days which you have marked as read.



    • In the List view, you will see a green checkmark to the left of days that you have marked as read.
    • If you hover your mouse over the row for the next day’s reading a box will appear. You can click the box to mark that day’s reading as Done.
  5. Notice that after you have marked any of your day’s as read, that the editor’s toolbar is not enabled. Logos does this to help you avoid accidentally losing the areas in your book that you have marked as read. If you want to make changes after you start reading, then you can click on the Edit link(all marked readings will be eliminated).
    Remember if you change your plan’s time frame, that your daily reading lengths may change which can present a problem when trying to mark sections as read.



Opening up a Reading Plan to read

 There are 3 ways to open your book to start readin g in Logos.

  1. Open your book to the location for your current reading. You will need to manually open your book and position it to the current days reading. If you don’t know where your current days reading is located, then use method 2 or 3 below.
  2. From your Home page you can have Logos open your book to a reading location. See From the Home Page.
  3. From the Documents menu you can open your Reading Plan (editor window). See From Documents menu.

Once that you have your book open to your reading location see Using the Reading Plan in your book to learn about the reading plan marker tools.



From the Home Page

  1. Open the Home Page
  2. Locate your Reading Plan in the Dashboard.
    • If your Reading Plan is not there, click on the Customize menu, and then on Reading Plan.
    • Locate your Reading Plan and click to check it.
  3. Click on the link to have Logos open your book to the day’s Reading Plan.
    Logos permits you to read ahead, just click on the other days reading link if you desire.
  4. If you have already read this days reading and forgot to mark it in your book, click in the box to mark it as read.
  5. When Logos takes you to your book, see Using the Reading Plan in your book to learn about the Reading Plan markers.



From Documents menu

  1. In the top menu click on Documents.
  2. Locate your Reading Plan and click on it.



  3. Logos will open your Reading Plan into floating window. This is the editor.
  4. Locate the current days reading:
    • The current days reading in the Calender view is a dark blue.
    • If you are behind the current days box may be light red.
    • Click on the link to have Logos open your book to the current days reading.
      If you have already read the current days reading and forgot to mark it, then hover your mouse over that square and click on Done.

    • If you are using the List view...



    • Click on the link to open your book to the current reading location.
      If you have already read this location and forgot to mark it, click on the box to mark it read.
    • If you are behind you will see a red Exclamation mark (!).
      You can click on it to mark it as read.
  5. When Logos takes you to your book, see Using the Reading Plan in your book to learn about the Reading Plan markers.



Using the Reading Plan in your book

 If you have not used a Reading Plan then this section will help you learn about the Reading Plan markers in your book. When reading below if you do not see your markers, then see I don’t see my Reading Plan marker in my book.

•  A Single section Reading Plan

 When you have a single section to read each day in your book.



  1. You will see this bar in your book marking where you are to begin reading.
  2. Logos tags it with a green dot to help you quickly realize this is a beginning marker.
  3. If you want to hide the Reading Plan’s markers you can click on this x.
    Warning: this will hide the End marker for your reading area and you will not be able to click in the End marker’s link to mark your reading as Done.



  4. Once that you have read to the end of your daily reading area Logos has another marker showing the end of your day’s reading.
  5. Logos tags it with a red dot to help you quickly realize this is an ending marker.
  6. Notice the link Mark Read. Click on it to let Logos know that you have finished the days reading.



  7. Almost immediately you will see that Logos marks the next days reading location (providing that the next day is right after where you read).

•  A Multi-section Reading Plan

 When you have multiple sections to read each day in your book



  1. You will see this bar in your book marking where you are to begin reading in each of your sections.
  2. Logos tags it with a green dot to help you quickly realize this is a beginning marker.
  3. Notice that the current location is not a link. Also notice that your other locations are links. Logos permits you to start at any of your locations to read. It keeps track of which locations that you have read when at the end of a location (see step #5) you click on another location to continue reading.
  4. If you want to hide the Reading Plan’s markers you can click on this x.
    Warning: this will hide the End marker for your reading area and you will not be able to click in the End marker’s link to mark your reading as Done. Also you will not have any links to your other reading locations!



  5. Once that you have read to the end this section Logos has another marker tagged Keep Reading.
  6. Logos tags it with a yellow dot to help you quickly realize this is an ending marker and that you have other sections to read.
  7. Notice the other links to sections that you need to read. Click on the link to the next section that you are to read and Logos will take you there.



  8. Once that you finish reading the last section you will see this marker.
  9. Notice that Logos has turned the dot from yellow to red, alerting you that you have finished you daily reading of all sections (if you did not jump from the ending bars marked Keep Reading, then the last section’s ending will not be marked red). Also notice that there are no more links on this end bar to take you to other sections.
  10. Notice the Mark Read link. If you click on this link Logos will mark your daily reading as Done.



If you get behind

 Logos provides 2 methods to help you get your Reading Plan back on track.

  1. If you catch up on your reading and want to mark multiple sections as read, then see Catch up to here. This also allows you to mark future days that you have read ahead.
  2. If you want Logos to adjust your Reading plan from the day you are behind to today (or a day in the future) and push out the completion date, then see Adjust plan from here. This also works if you want to push your current reading forward.

Catch up to here

Catch up to here allows you to mark one or more days as Done. You might have caught up on your reading for these days or you might be going to skip these days reading. The example below shows how this works.




  1. Notice that Logos is signaling that we are behind in the upper right corner. Also notice that I am behind 3 days in my reading.
  2. In this example we will Catch up to this point.
    We could have even Catch up to Today or to a future date. But this example does not show this.



  3. Right click in the date box that we want to Catch up to.
    • Logos will show a pop-up menu, click on Catch up to here.



  4. Notice that Logos marked our days that we were behind as read (green check mark).
    • Also notice that the Behind banner is gone from our Reading Plan.



•  Marking a day as Unread

 At some point you accidentally mark a days reading as read (Done). You can correct that day in your Reading Plan in the editor.



  1. Right click in the day box that you want to mark as unread.
  2. In the pop-up menu click on Mark as unread.



  3. Notice that Logos removed the green check mark. The day is now ready to be read.



Adjust plan from here

 This will allow you to slide days that you are behind and move them (and the rest of your Reading Plan) to Today or a day in the future.
This will not allow you to read ahead and move future readings to start later than scheduled.




  1. Notice that Logos is signaling that we are behind in our reading.
  2. These were days that we kept up in our reading.
  3. These are days that we are behind in our reading (notice the 1st scripture reference and note it for later)
  4. This is today’s reading.
  5. We want to adjust our Reading Plan to this date in the future, where we want to resume our reading.



    • To adjust to our future date, right click on Jan 7 box.
    • In the pop-up menu click on Adjust plan from here.



  6. Now notice that Logos shifted our late reading (Gen 12-18 and others) to our future date.
    If you were to get to the Finish date, you would notice that it is pushed further out to accommodate our adjustment.

You do not have to be behind to push your reading forward. Perhaps you are going to be on vacation (or whatever) and will not be able to read in your Reading Plan. You could move your reading plan forward to when you return using this method. But what you cannot do is read ahead and try to move your Reading Plan backwards.



Editing a Reading Plan

Warning: editing a Reading Plan you have already commenced will start the Reading Plan over. So all the places that you have marked as read will be cleared.

  1. In the top menu click on Documents.
  2. Locate your Reading Plan and click on it.
    • the Reading Plan is opened in a floating window.
  3. Click the Edit button to start.
  4. See Setting up a Reading Plan if you are not familiar with the editor.
  5. Click Done when you have finished.

Editing a Shared Reading Plan

    “Plans collaborated with a group will no longer be editable except for Bible version used.” (Logos Help)
   If you have shared a reading plan with a FaithLife group, you will no longer be able to edit that plan. However, you can start a new Reading Plan document, and, from the Add menu choose “Add readings from ... Another Reading Plan.” You will be able to import the readings from the shared plan and continue editing. The new document will need to be reshared with the group once you have corrected/completed it.



Deleting a Reading Plan

Note: A deleted Reading Plan can be recovered from Your Documents

  1. In the top menu click on Documents.
  2. Locate your Reading Plan and right click on it.
  3. In the pop-up menu click on Delete.



How do I hide the Reading Plan markers in my book?

 You may want to hide your Reading Plan markers in your book or Bible while you use it.
You use the Visual Filter Menu to hide your Reading Plan markers in your book.




  1. Open your book or Bible in which you want to hide the Reading Plan markers.
  2. Click on the Visual Filters menu icon.
  3. In the drop down menu use the scroll bar to locate your Reading Plan.
    • If checked, click on it to hide your Reading Plan markers.

You can also hide your Reading Plan markers on the Start marker in your book (see Using the Reading Plan in your book).



I don’t see my Reading Plan marker in my book

 You may have accidentally hidden your Reading Plan markers in your book.
Use the Visual Filter Menu to turn your markers on again.




  1. Open your book or Bible in which you want to show the Reading Plan markers.
  2. Click on the Visual Filters menu icon.
  3. In the drop down menu use the scroll bar to locate your Reading Plan.
    • If unchecked, click on it to show your Reading Plan markers.



I cannot set page numbers for my book in the Reading Plan

 Some books are indexed by Bible (or another datatype) and/or Page number. Others may be indexed by Volume/Page number. And some may not be indexed at all.
If a book is not indexed, then the Reading Plan will force you to read the whole book. To determine if your book is indexed for page numbers follow the steps below:




  1. Open the book that you want to check for page number indexing.
  2. A clue that it is not indexed is the missing reference box i.e. the box where you would normally see page numbers or references.
  3. Otherwise, access Information from the panel menu, or click on its icon.



    • On the left side scroll down until you see Indexes. If Page is not present, then your book is not indexed for page numbers.



Examples

Simple Reading Plan for reading the whole Bible in one year

 In this example we are going to create a Reading Plan for the New American Standard (1995 version) to be read through in 1 year. We will be reading it on weekdays (Monday through Friday).

  1. Start a new Reading Plan
  2. Select the New American Standard Bible (1995 version) Logos changes the Title to reflect the NASB95.



  3. Since we want our plan to read through the whole Bible, the range should be the default All Passages.
    • Decide whether you want to read by Default, Chapter or Pericope.
  4. Next we want to choose which days of the week we want to read the Bible. Click here and select every weekday.



  5. Now we need to select the starting date. Click here and select the first weekday in January.
  6. Next we want to select how long that we want to read through the Bible. Since the default is one year we don’t need to change it.
  7. We are done editing our Reading Plan. So we click on the Go/Start button.
  8. Now we see the Calendar view of our plan.
    If you want to change to the List view, select List on the right.



  9. Open the first day’s reading by clicking on the link in the Jan 3rd box.
    • Logos open our NAS95 Bible...



  10. The NASB95 Bible is opened to the 1st reading location.



Reading in 2 parts of the Bible each day

 In this example we are going to create a Reading Plan to read through the Pentateuch, Psalms & Proverbs in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) in 6 months.
We want to read out of the Pentateuch & Psalms (or Proverbs) each day. This way we get to read 2 different sections each day.

  1. Start a new Reading Plan
  2. Select the HCSB bible.
  3. To select which portions that we want to read, click on the range (usually All Passages).
  4. In the New Reference Range box, type: Gen-Deut | Psalms, Prov.
    • Gen-Deut is used to indicate that we want Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and then Deuteronomy.
    • The pipe character | indicates that we will read more than one section each day.
    • Psalms, Prov indicates that the 2nd section is to be Psalms and then Proverbs.
  5. [Optional] To name our reading range:
    • click in the Title box and type: Pentateuch & Psalms + Prov.
    • Click on the Save button to save the range.
  6. Decide whether you want to read by Default, Chapter or Pericope.
  7. To select how often that we want to read in our Plan, we shouldn’t need to change the default of every day.
  8. To select when we will start to read, click on the default Today and select from the Calendar drop down.
  9. To set how long that we want to read, select six months from the drop down.
  10. Click on the Start button and Logos will setup our plan.
    • Change the name of the Reading Plan if necessary.
    • You will notice that we have 2 links for each day, and that the 1st one is in Genesis and the 2nd one is in Psalms.
    • Scroll down to the end of the Reading Plan and notice that the last day’s readings are in Deuteronomy and Proverbs.


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