I am terribly disappointed with this bible and cannot believe that so many people are rating it so highly! As an Anglo-Catholic I was very excited to find a KJV with the Catholic books. But the pages are so thin that the text is completely unreadable.
I know that thin pages are a common complaint these days, and "ghosting" is not normally a problem for me. But the pages of this bible are so thin that the words on the backside of the page are almost as clear as the words on the front side.
I expected much better quality for such a price. I am thoroughly disappointed with Cambridge and everyone who rated this bible so highly that I wasted $124 on it. DO NOT BUY!
I just received the Calfskin bound New Paragraph Bible by Cambridge Bible publishers. I am impressed with the quality of the leather, paper, and print of this Bible. I am glad that I decided to look at this Bible for myself, rather than trusting a bad review. It is possible to get a poor copy that slipped through quality control, and made its way to the retail store. If you do get a copy that does not meet your standards, call customer service, and they will help you resolve your problem. CBD has been awesome in taking care of any problem, (few as they are), for me. I highly recommend this beautiful King James Bible.
May GOD Bless you as you search His wonderful Word, and Praise His HOLY Name.
This is a well bound, hard backed King James Bible. The single column format is great. The spelling upgrades, and work done to correct some of the printing mistakes done in the past, makes reading easier. If you like the King James version, this would be a great addition to your library. The binding seems to be very sturdy, and should hold up well to use.
There are many reasons I regard this edition as superior to all others I have seen.
1) The paragraph format this edition uses groups prose text into paragraphs largely according to the original paragraph marks of the KJV, marking verses with superscript numbers very much like the format of modern translations. This is a very rare feature for this version and far better than the traditional verse-by-verse indentation, visually connecting related verses and rejoining broken sentences for better flow of thought. It only takes some getting used to. The paragraphs are larger than modern standards, separating situational settings rather than units of thought.
The poetic portions of scripture, primarily Job through the Song of Solomon and much of the prophets, are indented line by line as in free verse, emphasizing their true literary beauty.
2) Quotation marks have been added to identify speech.
3) The layout is significantly cleaner with the elimination of cross-references (which, though helpful, clutter) and the center column, the italics (judged by the editor as inaffective), the lining of the footnotes with their base text on one margin without superscript letters in the text body, and the lack of study notes, explanatory subheaders, and introductions. The font is easy to read.
4) As with most Cambridge Bibles, the Preface from the Translators to the Reader is published, very informative, heartfelt, and rich, written by Mile Gates. Most publishers only include the Dedicatory which ridiculously and inaccurately flatters King James I, likely for his favor.
5) The editor updated a few spellings and restored others to the original forms, and fixed a few awkward punctuations.
The only downsides are slight: the absence of an economy leather binding option, which would help make this edition affordable for tight budgets, and the lack of a wide margin option, though the inner margin leaves some space between footnotes and the poetic passages even more.
This Bible is the ideal choice for the studious Christian who loves and desires to emphasize the purity, strength, and beauty of the King James Version.