This would be to me the "perfect" Bible format. I love the one column text. It's small enough to be easily carried. The cover is attractive.
But the font (7.5 point) is too small for my eyes. I tried it out for a a few days but it often gave me a headache trying to read it. And forget about the cross references! They're even smaller! I found I could not read it in my lap. If I held it up about chest level it wasn't too bad to read, but any lower than that caused my eyes to hurt.
My understanding is that Crossway is producing another version of the Personal Bibles that will use 8 point type, to be released in June 2013. The different in font size will add about 100 pages to the book. I have a Thinline version that uses 8 point type, and that one gives my eyes no problems. I guess I will just wait for June.
This Bible has brought Scripture back to life to me. The references are so frequent that it's impossible to read a verse the same as you have before. The size is ideal (take a dvd and imagine it an inch thicker). The leather is very soft. Overall, this is a sweet Bible and I'm really looking forward to putting this to some serious use.
I bought this as a gift for my friend and Bible teacher, who is quite conservative and had been using the King James and NIV translations. He has REALLY been using this ESV and is very pleased with it. The pages of the section we have been studying (1st John) are rapidly being worn down. The only minor criticisms are that the print is a bit small and the pages a bit thin.
Pleased but light font coloring makes reading hard
July 9, 2011
It is the perfect size that I wanted, (small enough to fit in a back pack, but not too small). I like the cover, even tho imitation leather, nicer than alot of my genuine leather bible covers. My only complaint is not the font size, I knew it would be small and it is, but its the font coloring. Its a light greyish tan. The smaller font really needs to be darker. I wear reading glasses as is but the room has to have really good lighting or its a struggle to read. I would still recommend it but I'll probably be looking for a replacement due to the light font coloring limiting me to where I carry it. Thanks.