I bought this about a month ago. The only thing different about mine that i noticed was that my bible has round thumb tabs, not square as the picture shows. I have no preference to that though. This is possibly the best quality Bible I've had in terms of build quality. My last Bible that I consider the best i have is my Ryrie NASB.
I wanted a Bible that I could use for witnessing to religious groups that use the KJV, but I've noticed that this has turned into my reading Bible of choice. I have a presentation at Bible school reading from this, and it's great how easy the font size and type is to read. It's simple, yet elegant enough. It has a good balance. Nothing in the text is very distracting. Of course there's ghosting in the text, but that's true of every Bible... But I've seen worse than this. The leather is absolutely magnificent. Best I've seen for a Bible at this price. The cross references are wonderful, and the referencing system is symbolic rather than key word based.
I wish they would make a wide margin version of this. I would buy that in a heartbeat.
The only thing I wouldn't mind seeing is a single column, with cross references on the side. The dimensions can make this Bible a little difficult to manage sometimes, as the flexibility is over the top. Downing the dimensions slightly and instead having it a little thicker would be better in my book, but it's meant to be thin, hence the name.
You will not be disappointed with this Bible. But keep in mind I have good eyes still. Nearly 20/20 vision. This isn't the largest print text available for Bibles, but it's good for my needs. Thanks Holman!
I had searched this site over for the perfect KJV real leather bible with opaque paper as I was searching I seen this one and I scrolled down to read the review as I had did with other bibles I had looked at,this bible stood out to me because of what I saw when I viewed it but I was still skeptical until I read the review on it and that is what made me feel this was the bible for me because retailers will say one thing and you don't always get what you see but other customers who ave this bible will be completely honest with what they have,with that being said I purchased this bible and I couldn't be more pleased an I will say when I received it I loved the touch and feel of it and was shocked at how soft the cove was with it being cowhide leather and the opaque paper is great and I love how it really does stay open rite out of the box and the size is perfect to carry not to big or to small it is just rite and the reference are wonderfully put and I to love the paper the maps on and the family records pages are awesome and makes it great for a memorable gift to pass down to family as I feel it will last for years t come..as the first review says its a good bible for a great price and I would for sue recommend this KJV brown cowhide large print reference bible to anyone who is looking for the perfect size caring bible...To end this review I will say this bible is exactly as this site claims it to be......
Holman's newest KJV Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible is a no-nonsense Bible that is strong on references and has some of the best paper I've seen in a reference Bible. It doesn't have the features of other reference Bibles (including the features that some online retailers are claiming), but its paper, references, size, binding, are enough to make this a great choice for a carry Bible.
â€¢ Awesome paper
â€¢ Lots of references
â€¢ Section headings
â€¢ Sewn binding
â€¢ Anything I say here is just being picky
â€¢ Family information pages
â€¢ Brown Cowhide
â€¢ Sewn binding
â€¢ Brown ribbon
â€¢ 48 page concordance
â€¢ 8 pages of maps
â€¢ Gilted edges
â€¢ 9.5 x 6.5 x 1
â€¢ ISBN: 9781586404260
Cover and Binding
The edition I'm reviewing is brown cowhide. It has six spinal hubs that give it that extra flare. It looks and feels nice. It's soft and has a beautiful grain. The liner is brown cardstock. This is my favorite cover from Holman. The binding is sewn and it stays open in Genesis right out of the box.
Paper and Print
I'm not sure of the gsm, but this is some of the best paper I've seen in a reference Bible. It is more opaque than most Bibles. It has a white tone and a slightly rough texture that I love. I think it would be great for marking and taking notes.
The font is around a 9/10 with about a medium-dark boldness. I'm not overly fond of the style of font, but it won't stop me from using or recommending it. It looks like Arial or similar. I like it overall- it's just not my first choice. This is a red-letter edition. The red is about a medium darkness. The print quality seems consistent throughout for the black-letter. The red-letter does have some variation but it's not too bad. There are accent marks and hyphens within certain words to help with pronunciation.
There are section-headings within the text. They are in all-caps and look like the same font as the text.
The center-column references are some of the best available and one of the strengths of this Bible. There are 21 references for Genesis 1:1. They are keyed to the text with letters. There are not a lot of translation notes. There are a few here and there, but they're few and far between. They also use letters to key to the text. The references at the top of the column are for the verses on the left of the page and the verses at the bottom are for the verses on the right of the page. If there are more than will fit in the center column they are placed under the last verse on the page. They are still separated to make it easy to know which side of the page they are for.
The concordance is 48 pages with three columns per page. There are 37 entries for God. One thing I thought was interesting is that for people there are a couple of paragraphs telling their background and it gives some key verses of some of the more important events surrounding them. This can serve as a short introduction to the key people in Scripture.
There are 8 pages of maps. They are printed on thick paper but it's not glossy paper that has a glare. I like this paper better. It has a matte finish and looks awesome. They are very colorful and they even have shading to indicate topography.
This edition is thumb-index. On average there are three books for each tab. The tabs for the OT books are black and the tabs for the NT books are red. I prefer to have a tab for each book, especially for the more popular books. At least this will get you in the ball-park.
Although the Holman KJV Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible has a basic set of features, the references, cover, binding, paper, and size make this one of my favorite reference Bibles. It could benefit from some charts, footnotes, and a reading plan, but it stands on its own as it is and these features would just add to the thickness. It's a great choice for a carry Bible that's not overly large and still has a large print and great set of references.
Holman Publishing provided this Bible free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review. My opinions are my own.