This is an absolutely lovely book. The cover is beautiful top grain leather. The color is a rich brown. The page layout is very readable, with plenty of room in the margins to jot notes or cross references. The typeface is very clear, too... and because the pages are so perfectly lined up, there is no ghosting from the other side of the paper. That means that the paper can be relatively thin, but still look and feel great. This bible is a nice size, too, neither too large or too small.
This is my second 'big purchase' bible. The first one was a Cambridge wide margin NRSV with a bonded leather cover. The typeface on that bible is minuscule, about 7.5 points. This bible has much larger type. At 9.5 it is far easier to read. I also love the single column format. It is much nicer for reading. My Cambridge is 2 column and I don't like that as much.
About the translation: I have been using ESV for a couple of years now and find it very readable. I like that it is a literal word for word translation.
There are a few things I would change if I were the bible designer. I would appreciate a little space between paragraphs. In this edition, new chapters are started with a slight indentation rather than a blank line. I also would add a third ribbon. It would make following a 3 part reading plan a little easier.
All in all, though, this is a beautifully crafted bible. I am thrilled and expect to love it for years to come.
EDITED TO UPDATE: Sadly, after a few weeks, the bible started to have a quality problem. The inner cover liner began to separate from the leather. At first it was just in a corner, but after awhile, it started to spread to the whole bottom of the inside front cover. Crossways was gracious enough to send out a replacement, but that, too, had quality issues. The headliner at the top wasn't glued properly and was pulling apart where the ribbons where attached. Again, Crossways offered to replace it. They sent me a prepaid label for Fedex. I boxed it up and dropped it in a Fedex box. It has been over a month and I have not gotten the replacement. Fedex has no way to track it and Crossways doesn't seem to know if the book has arrived or not. Will update with a resolution. Bottom line is that this gorgeous bible has some kinks to work out. Really a shame given how beautiful it is. I LOVED reading it.
Hoping the new one gets here eventually and is problem free. I initially gave this bible 5 stars but have had to update the rating because of the manufacturing issues.
FINAL UPDATE: After over a month waiting for a replacement copy to arrive, it finally did and was also defective. This time the headliner at the top of the spine was short and did not cover the entire spine. I emailed Crossways back and received a message from them that since the headliner is just 'cosmetic' they would not send out another replacement. Frankly, for the amount I spent on this book, I am disappointed with the manufacturing quality issues. My Cambridge bible had no problems at all. I think in the future, I am going to stick with them.