I tend to be very picky (unnecessarily so at times) when it comes to Bible selection; the font size, type face, feel of the bible, weight of the book, page thickness and more all come into play when I consider purchasing/using a Bible.
If you're looking for a thin-line Bible, with an easy-to-read format and font, that will serve as your plain, daily reading text, this Bible is for you.
And, I can only speak from my own experience, but I found the craftsmanship to be excellent.
I think you'll be highly delighted. It is a privilege to own such an edition.
I saw this Bible a few weeks ago at the Basics Conference at Alistair Begg's church and was impressed. The font was large enough to be easily read while teaching but the Bible was still of a manageable size. The brown top grain leather looked, felt, and even smelled great. (I'm not crazy; my mother had me tested!) Instead of buying it at the conference (at a generous 30% discount), I chose to wait and purchase it through another online vendor (I had been given a gift card). When it arrived, I was surprised to find that the cover looked, smelled, and smelled like a Trutone cover (it had that "rubber tire" smell). I wouldn't care if I hadn't paid $100 for it---I could get a Trutone for a lot less. I've contacted Crossway to see what they suggest. I know they use different publishing houses and sometimes product "slips through" that doesn't quite match Crossway's quality criteria. So, overall, it is a good Bible but keep your eyes open.
This Bible is disappointing on several levels. First, you need a microscope to read the cross-references. Wouldn't it have been better if Crossway had left them out and upped the font to 11 point? Or they could have made a verse-by-verse edition with cross-references after each verse. I have an attractive NKJV Bible in that format, and the font is 11 point. Very readable. Second, the paper is extremely thin, making it hard, even frustrating, to turn the pages. Third, if you want black-letter, you have to purchase the top-of-the-line brown leather edition, which costs nearly $100. Fourth, the 10.5 font seems small for its size. It might be the font design, or it might be my aging eyes, but I would not consider the font in this Bible to be large print. This is not surprising since Crossway considers 8-point font to be large print in another line they publish.
I have the large print Tru-Tone in 12.5 font, which is comfortable and enjoyable to read. However, the book has considerable bulk, so it's not a Bible I carry with me. It would be great if Crossway published something in-between like that excellent NKJV I mentioned above. Unfortunately, according to the Crossway web site, such a Bible does not seem to be in their plans.
Almost every Bible publisher puts out a light-weight and readable edition. However, I prefer the ESV translation. It is based on the RSV, of which I am very familiar through years of reading it. Crossway publishes an over-abundance of tiny-print Bibles, study Bibles, compact Bibles, and just about every kind of Bible you could want, but nothing in the affordable in-between niche. Here's a novelty: publish a basic text Bible with no bells and whistles, a Bible with a comfortable 11-11.5 font in a handy, portable format. Or does Crossway think that the ESV is so special that consumers will be happy with whatever they can get?
Until such an in-between edition is published, I'll continue to carry my midnight-blue NKJV and read my large-print ESV at home. As for the edition under review, I gave it to my sister as a gift.
I've never had tru tone before and have been impressed with it so far. The quality of the Bible itself is excellent. It opens flat, print is clear and of a good size, and there is little bleed through. The footnotes, however, are microscopic, but that's not really an issue since I tend to make my own.
Paper quality is far superior to the Thinline NIV I recently bought for about the same price. OK it has a leather cover but, honestly, the leather is so cheap I almost prefer the trutone.
My only gripe is that it'd be great to have a thinline, large print Bible with wide margins. But I guess you can't have everything.