This is the best 'reading' copy of the Bible I've ever owned. It's a pleasure to hold and to read.
Size is about 7 x 5, a bit over an inch thick due to a more durable page paper. This one is so attractive, in brown with a maroon band, with a soft flexible Tru-tone cover I love to feel in my hand. The gold edging is the right match for it.
The extremely clean single-column format is devoid of busy cross-references, the line-matching means little to no ghosting from the back of the page, the footnotes are discreetly placed, the 9-point text is no struggle for this sixty-something with bifocals. Plus, it's in the clear diction of the new English Standard Version. It all makes this Bible as easy to read as a novel. The price was sure right from this supplier--seven dollars marked down from forty! I have purchased several of these as gifts.
The quality of the pages, binding, and cover are a good value. I love the ESV translation and was looking forward to an easier to read single column version.
Unfortunately I find it very difficult to read because of the continuous text format. There is too little white space between paragraphs/topics in the single column version. The topic titles are in the side margin so that the text is continuous. I was hoping for the single column format version of my old NIV. I will be watching for an updated single column ESV!
Just received the Bible and it is very impressive. The leather cover and binding seem top of the line. The paper quality is very good with little ghosting. The paper is not as thick as some of the reviewers suggest but it is high quality. The single column format and 9 point font make for relaxed reading. Overall it seems like a good investment and should bring years of joy in reading God's Word.
I love the Bible its made very well and uses very high quality paper. I would like it to be a bit larger and be able to get it with large print because I am using it for Bible study and marking it up is part of the deal.
My wife bought me this for my birthday over a year ago. I wanted to get the Bible for sometime and was thankful when she had bought it. The single column of the verses makes it easy to read because the sentences are longer than your normal Bible and the font is very easy to read. I use the Bible as my pulpit Bible as it allows me to read directly from the Scripture without stumbling into another column.
I recommend it to any believer! Pastors included, of course! :)