ESV Single Column Legacy Bible, Pocket Cover, TruTone, Brown/Cordovan, Portfolio Design
Excellent bible from crossway.
Excellent "take to church" bible. The legacy layout, text size, and font make following along and reading aloud so much more enjoyable. I'm pretty sure this bible will last me the rest of my life. Glad to see it was printed in Italy not China.
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April 1, 2013
Top Quality Bible
This is an all around high quality bible.This bible is of great value for the money.It is well laid out and of exceptional quality throughout at an affordable price.Highly recommended.Service was also a consideration in the purchase of this product and as many times before Christianbook is a very professional and courteous company to do business with,they carry an outstanding selection of quality products at very affordable prices .Highly recommend buying from Christanbooks an enjoyable and satisfying experience due to a very professional and courteous business personality.Looking forward to future purchases.
April 4, 2013
CrosswayÃ¢ÂÂs ESV Single Column Legacy Bible has a beautiful layout with the design philosophy of the perfect page. It has wide margins, thick paper, and a large font. Made with readers in mind, Crossway has set a new standard in page layout.
Cover and Binding
The cover a two-tone brown TruTone (a soft imitation leather) with paper liner. I was able to curl it around in any shape I wanted and it went back to lying flat. To me it feels like calfskin. I love the look and feel of the grain. The cover is sewn around the edges, adding strength. The cover is very flexible. The binding is Smyth sewn, so it lays flat. It does take some breaking in before it will lay flat in Genesis.
The paper is 36 gsm (grams per square meter) Thincoat Plus. It feels very thick. I kept trying to separate the pages, thinking I had two pages, when I actually just had one. It is smooth and not at all shiny. Although it is opaque it does have more show-through than I expected for the page thickness. The paper is very white.
Text and Layout
The font is 9-point Lexicon with a 10.75 leading, giving lots of space between the lines. It is a black-letter text and is sharp and readable. The text is printed with line-matching, so the lines of text line up with the text on the backside of the page. This improves contrast which greatly helps readability because there is no text showing through between the lines of text. The print is consistently dark.
The layout is the real star of the show. It follows the renaissance concept of the perfect page, with roughly a 2:3 ratio page geometry, and looks great. It is unique for a Bible with section headings. This is a wide-margin edition, but instead of the section headings placed within the text, they are placed in the margins. This helps in readability. I was able to read without any distractions or disruptions between paragraphs. Since they are in the margin, they do take up some of the writing space. Moving the headings to the margins in order to improve readability was the purpose of the wider margin. The margins are great for writing, but theyÃ¢ÂÂre also great for leaving clean.
This is my favorite layout for wide-margin editions. I like the writing space on the outside margin because inner margins are too difficult to use. I badly want Crossway to make a KJV edition of this Bible.
The top outer corner of each page shows the page number, book name, chapter number, and verse number of the first verse that starts on that page.
This edition doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have cross-references, but it does have translation notes. The notes are located at the bottom of the page and are keyed to the text with numbers. This works, but I could also see a benefit of the notes being in the margin next to the verse. I think that would make the headings blend-in too much though. The text for the notes is small. IÃ¢ÂÂm guessing itÃ¢ÂÂs a 5-point font.
The concordance is 72 pages and in double column. The text is small but readable, so there are lots of entries. The primary word is in bold and the verses are offset with each verse on its own line. I found it easy to use.
There are 8 color maps. These are the same maps that are standard in other Crossway editions. My only complaint or suggestion is there needs to be an index to the maps. This would make the maps much easier and faster to use. The maps are labeled well, so theyÃ¢ÂÂre not hard to use. I just think an index would be nice.
This edition has one ribbon. ItÃ¢ÂÂs brown and very long. I think itÃ¢ÂÂs too thin, but making it wider would increase the cost. For its price itÃ¢ÂÂs fine.
This is one of the most readable layouts IÃ¢ÂÂve seen in any Bible. Moving the headings to the margin and the overall page design make this a Bible I want to read for long periods of time. The size feels right too- not too big or too small. The wide margins are great for taking notes and adding references, or just leaving blank. The paper is nice and the print is amazing. Crossway seeks to set new standards with the Legacy. TheyÃ¢ÂÂve done a great job. I highly recommend CrosswayÃ¢ÂÂs ESV Single Column Legacy Bible.
See this review on Bible Buying Guide for photos and comparisons to the Clarion.
Crossway Publishers provided this Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.
February 3, 2013
The leather has an excellent feel, the binding is terrific. The paper is nothing special and as I use Micron Pens fairly regularly I am disappointed that there is some ink that is visible through the thin page. The wide margins are perfect, though space it wasted with the division headings. The thing I like the most however is how it reads. The Legacy style is terrific, as it reads like a book but still is conducive to study. The size and weight are excellent as well. A great bible!
March 7, 2013