I love the NLT Translation, but the NLT Parallel Bible is disappointing compared to the NLT Study Bible. I have both in hardcover.
Negatives - I didn't notice before I purchased this Bible that the words of Christ are not in red letter, something that is a must for me in any Bible. Many important and useful features that were in the NLT Study Bible have been removed in the NLT Parallel Bible, perhaps to make room for the Life Application study notes without adding many more pages. Gone are Theme Notes, Person Profiles, Visual Aids - Maps, Timelines, Illustrations, Charts & Diagrams. The study notes at the bottom are lighter and somewhat harder to read and the Concordance is a smaller font.
Positives - I do prefer the paper in the NLT Parallel Bible as it feels a bit more substantial. The Book Introductions are shorter and more to the point making it easier to quickly locate important information. Having the Study notes and Life Application notes in one Bible is a great idea.
Undecided - Single column Scripture text in the Parallel Bible. This isn't a major issue except when you're trying to highlight or underline, then it's easier in a double column.
What a fantastically brilliant idea! Speaking of the pre-release, one cannot adequately address issues related binding, the size and selection of type font, etc. But hey folks, look what you're getting! The scholarly and detailed resourcefulness of of the NLT Study Bible, combined with the every-day practical insights and features of the Life Application Study Bible, plus the faithfully-rendered and easy-to-read translation (not paraphrase) of the NLT. I daresay you have one of the best Study Bibles available in the history of the English language, or any language for that matter! Now THAT is something to celebrate as we mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Version. If the translators of that majestic version are watching from heaven, I'm sure they're just as eager as we are to see this product released. Kudos to Tyndale and to the individual(s) who came up with this ingenious idea! Soli Deo Gloria!