ESV Single Column Legacy Bible (Black) Leather Bound – Dec 28 2011
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The thing I love about this bible is the single column setting and the section headings off to the side. It is not really a wide margin bible but arguably close. The thing I love is being able to read the text in an uninterupted fashion. With it's generous font and clean page design I can read this bible all day. The abundance of white space on the page doesn't make my eyes tired. It is not a study bible with lots of notes but this is what I love about it just elegantly presented text. It is not a red letter edition which many people seem to like but I prefer black text anyways.
I was reluctant to get the ESV translation and would have preferred the NRSV. After reading the ESV translation for a while it is very close to the old RSV and not far off the NRSV. For those KJV only folks consider giving this a try. You will wish the KJV was set in such a lovely setting. Many of those incomprehensible passage of the Old Testament or some Pauline Epistles are much easier to comprehend in this modern translation.
This is a bible for readers and it is a pleasure to read.
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The vast majority of single column Bibles use a very small font which makes the lines too long, and the leading (space between lines of text) is not adjusted to make it readable. You end up with long lines of tiny text and virtually no space between lines. That's anti-readability.
Crossway did not make those mistakes.
They use a 9 pt font. I wouldn't mind seeing it a point size bigger, but 9 pt isn't so small that it's uncomfortable.
They got the line length right using ~13 words per line. And there is enough leading to properly track the text from the end of one line to the beginning of another.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is virtually no bleed-through of text from pages beneath the one you are reading. It's one of the best non-bleed-through texts I've seen.
They use black text throughout (no words of Christ in red). That enhances readability tremendously. Red text on white paper is not ideal and can strain your eyes when read for long periods. For those who have a theological problem with not using red text, please remember that it is a very modern invention. Red text wasn't used in Bibles until the late 1800s. No Bible before that time had red text and that includes the original King James.
The TrueTone cover is very flexible and can be folded back easily.
The pages have wide outside margins where they put the section headings. The margins are wide enough to make them ideal for notes.
That brings me to a minor complaint. The inside margins are a little too narrow. The text runs slightly into the curved area of the page where it inserts into the spine. It's not bad--I've seen much worse. But it is a little annoying.
If they upped the point size a bit and widened the inside margin, this may be the perfect Bible. In any case, it is definitely worth the purchase as it is now.
I must admit that I was very very surprised with this book.
First off it was free so I expected nothing more than a bible that I would have to infinitely scroll through or search to find what I wanted. (However this in not the case) The book and chapter selection is nice and with a couple of clicks on the next page button you can easily get to where you want)
I was also surprised that the book includes footnote links to the measurements and other footnotes. What a great feature. (So if you are wondering how many feet in those cubits simply select the link and find out!)
All in all WAY more than I ever expected in a free book. I definitely did not expect to find such a wonderful version for free.
I would recommend it for anyone.
The Bible itself is good quality black leather, and mine lays flat right out of the box (with the exception of the very front and end of the Bible, which will likely loosen up further with time). The layout of the text is neat as well; it sports two columns but without the normal cross references smashed in between, so you have a nice readable area. This version has the references tucked very discreetly at the bottom of each page. Another plus is that the translation notes are separated from the cross references, making it easier to distinguish. There is very mild bleed-through on some of the pages, but despite being fairly picky about such things it's not very bad at all and is not a huge distraction for me (many of my other Bibles are far worse than this one, unless you want to pay for calfskin).
This version has the words of the Lord in red, which is either a pro or a con depending upon preference. It is perhaps a little over an inch thick, and it is lightweight and portable while still being easy to read. It seems equally suitable to haul to Church, or curl up on a couch with. The binding is strong, and appears to be smyth-sewn. I've detected no faults so far in the binding, pages, or gilding. Even the ribbon marker is generously cut, rather than the short ones that barely reach the bottom of the page.
I've been waiting around six months for this edition to come out, and it's been well worth the wait!
Regarding the Kindle version, the navigation is easy and straightforward, though not as sophisticated as the TNIV, which has navigation straight to each book, chapter, and verse.
The only complaint I have for both versions is that you can't tell what book you're in. I like to read the Bible from the beginning of the old and the beginning of the new testaments simultaneously. It's very easy to forget what book you're currently in, and there's no way to tell which one it is unless you page back to the beginning of the book and check. If you select "Go to beginning" on the menu, it takes you to the Table of Contents, not to the beginning of, say, Luke.
Since I wrote this review originally, though, I have found an excellent workaround for the above problem. I simply put a bookmark at the beginning of the book I'm reading, and then another one as I work my way through that book. Then, when I come back to say, a bookmark at chapter 10 of I Samuel and have no idea what I'm reading, just check the bookmarks page for a quick reminder.
That removes my last objection, and I up my review to 5 stars.