Putting aside the translation, thinking about the book itself...
The cover and binding is a very high quality. It is smyth sewn. The cover and linings are glued very well.
The paper quality (for the price) is adequate. It has a slight shadowy (grey) color BUT I see that marking pen notes do not bleed into the paper.
The printed text does not show through the paper any more than the average bible-paper book might. The font itself, though not a big point-size, is readable -- though from a typographical viewpoint, the "kerning" might have been better [I'm a typographer and type designer].
Printed in China. This used to bother me somewhat. However, if any of the Chinese print house employees have any English skills, what a great way to spread the gospel of Christ in the process.
I would highly recommend this particular edition (leather bound) NASB Updated for general reading or gift-giving. (If you need to write copious notes, think of a wide-margin edition.)
Not a normal ultrathin it's about 1 1/4 inches thick witch I knew before I bought it goatskin very smooth and flexible. Pages opaque 2 ribbons, overall a very nice bible and compared to other goatskin's 100 bucks is a deal hoping to have it for a very long time and by the looks of it I think it'll last. If your looking for a goatskin nasb and not looking to have to shell out 240 for an allan or 180 for a cambridge this is the book for you
I am very happy with the NASB Ultrathin. It is light and easy to carry, yet it is referenced. I find it to be of excellent quality and the pages are easy to turn. The print is clear and easy to read. I am especially happy with the literal translation of this version. It provides a deeper meaning to God's word.
This Bible keeps showing up under the filter for "large print" Bibles, and for "font size 11-13" and "font size 9-10". What I unfortunately didn't notice until I received the Bible is that the font size is actually 8 (which is listed on the page with the description, but I overlooked that).
I cannot read this Bible, with or without my bifocals.
I also would like it better if each book of the Bible began on a fresh page, instead of beginning on the same page that another book ended. (This is a minor point that I would have overlooked, if the font size had been appropriate.)
However, this Bible is attractive and seems well put-together. The cover is a bit stiff, but is made of nice material.
It is very hard to find a large print, inexpensive NAS Bible without "study notes" telling me how I ought to interpret what I am reading. I will consult a commentary for further thoughts on what I am reading. I prefer NOT to have those thoughts/interpretations mixed on the same page as the actual word of God.
Since all the NAS Bibles I can find with font size large enough for me to read also have study notes, I am apparently going to have to settle for a NKJV.
Except for NASB, NKJV, and KJV, all the translations available seem to omit verses and parts of verses that do not appear in all manuscripts, including them only in footnotes. (NASB puts a bracket around those sections, NKJV adds a footnote that not all manuscripts contain that verse, and KJV does not always mark them at all.) I do NOT want a Bible with missing verses hidden in the footnotes where I might miss them, and I have found that I understand more and read my Bible more regularly with a non-KJV translation. So, I am left with NKJV and NASB, and for the font and study note problems I am left with the NKJV.
How blessed we are to have the word of God at our fingertips! This is a great Bible but I wish I would have known Christ's words were not printed in red ink. Perhaps it is just me but I've never seen a bible with Jesus's words printed in black - I thought red was standard. Had I known this I would have purchased a different Bible.