I really like the single-column format, and the references are there if I need them. I like how Crossway puts the references on the inside margin and prints them smaller, so as to not take away from the Scripture. For a lightweight, easy to carry size bible, the print is very readable. The lambskin is the softest cover that I've ever owned. This bible should last for many years to come.
Our new pastor favors the ESV and I went looking for a bargain as I have several of my own favorite translations of God's Word already. This was very inexpensive and still high quality. The quilted cover is understatedly elegant and the "berry red" not so loud as to feel glaring.
I'm pleased with my purchase, but the print is very tiny and if it were to be my study Bible, I would have issues.
I bought this locally, and I guess the current price is so right because it is the 2007 edition. As for me, either update is fine with me. The new personal size reference Bibles have a better font...it seems to be larger, but who wouldn't want a luxury item? This was definitely a splurge for me, and I knew I would be using the CBD magnifier book marker with it, and I am! But what a joy to have a small Bible one can hold in one's hand and hold the magnifier with the other. I noticed sometimes I can read it without the magnifier as well. I am always surprised at how micro the ESV fonts are for the cross references and the footnotes, but they are still readable with mag. I do wish that ESV would put their valuable footnotes in parenthesis in the text as it would be so nice in my opinion, so convenient. I like that they put the cross references in the gutter of the Bible; it seems to bring the Bible text in a nice place on the page. The lambskin is beautiful and the lining is also leather. It is edge lined leather which is something I love. I appreciate the black letter text, because I seem to have a different opinion on what should be red in Revelation One with various translations, so it calms me a lot to see it all black, and even more I would definitely appreciate that the entire Bible be red letter wherever God says something then. So, essentially, I believe this Bible to be a great small Bible, luxury item, and I am so very glad to have it! Blessings to you all in Jesus' Name.
The Bible size, cover color and feel and the text font are excellent. The personal imprint on the cover turned out perfect. I would prefer "stronger" paper for the Bible's pages, but I think I'll get used to it in time. My next Bible will include study references, but this one is good for personal use without distractions.
The study notes were more than I expected. They are very good but they greatly increase the thickness of the Bible. I was looking for a smaller replacement for an older Bible. I will use this Bible but will probably buy a smaller one to carry to church and informal study.