There are so many things to love about this Bible. They have all been mentioned in the other reviews. My only knock on this Bible is that within 1 year it has come apart. I love the Bible so much I have recently purchased 2 more of them. I even like the imitation leather binding. I am disappointed that the maps are falling out. The Bible has not been abused in any way. I use it everyday and I preach with it but I don't stick papers and pens in it. I just read it and jot notes very carefully in the margins.
It pains me to write this review because I love this Bible in every way except the way it is bound. However, you can't beat the price on this great layout!
I love verse-by-verse Bibles. I find them easier to read for some reason. Plus, I find it easier to locate passages that I want to refer back upon. The quality of this Bible is top-notch. The pages are really sturdy with very little bleed through with a yellow highlighter. This isn't a study bible, so there aren't any commentator notes, but out of all the Bibles I own, this is the one I read daily. Sometimes, it's just nice to lose yourself in the Word without being distracted by copious notes. The wonderful ESV translation coupled with the verse referencing system employed by the ESV can make for some highly productive and enjoyable private Bible studies.
I love the verse-by-verse design. All the verses begin at the left margin, not in the middle of a line. Also, this Bible is single column instead of two. It is very easy to read and keep your place. The price cannot be beat!
Black genuine leather single column verse by verse ESV (2011 text edition)
January 20, 2015
This Bible is printed in Italy by Lego, the same publisher that printed the Legacy ESV Bible. Pros are the great quality paper and text line matching; Cons are the very, very tough leather (tougher than the usual China-printed ESV Genuine leather Bibles, and surprisingly even tougher than the genuine leather Lego used for the Legacy ESV Bible. It behaves as a hardcover pretty much. When I tried to massage it and bend it a bit, the inner paper that is glued to the leather started to came off :( I recommend a faux leather version, not the genuine.
This Bible is awesome. Easy to read from while preaching and prepping. It is not too bigger either given that it is a verse by verse bible (still bigger/thicker than others in this size range). Good quality. Lots of space to write in the margins.