4 Stars Out Of 5
Good budget giant print
March 30, 2014
This is a budget Bible- probably the cheapest one of this size and typeface available anywhere.
The text and format is well done- easily legible unless you're pretty much blind, large pages that are easy to turn, concordance and helps (with color maps) and end of verse references. It's a good edition, not too large as to be unwieldy and readable.
The binding does appear sewn, though I wouldn't put too much stress on it. It does open easily and can lay open out of the box. The paper is decent quality- not the best, but good for what you pay for.
Where it loses a lot of marks is the cover. It's noted as 'imitation leather.' Well, there's imitation leather and then there's imitation leather... on the high end you can get things like the Thompson Chain in 'kirvella' which is nearly indistinguishable from calfskin in feel and durability. Then you get the covers that look like recycled cardboard with some laminate on it. This is unfortunately much more like the latter- it's easily and permanently creased, easily crushed or dented, frays at the edges in no time at all (two of the ones I got actually ARRIVED in that condition, and does not feel like leather in the least. It feels like the surface of playing cards, but stiffer.
But then again, at this pricepoint what do you expect? It's a good size print Bible that's easy to read and cheap enough to give out. If you use it every day, it will probably fall apart within a year or two- starting with the cover. Getting a good Bible cover may extend the life quite a bit.