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ESV Reader's Bible (TruTone, Black) Imitation Leather – June 30, 2014


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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 1840 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; Lea edition (June 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433544121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433544125
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think you'll be very happy with this purchase if you decide to pick one up.
Jacob Allee
This is a great devotional/readers Bible with no cross references or verse numbers to distract from your reading.
Scott Criswell
I've been wanting something like this for a long time, so I got this as soon as I found out about it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Christopher on June 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I just received this Bible as a wedding gift and I LOVE it!

I have owned and read a number of different Bibles over the years (a whole shelf of my bookcase is dedicated to Bibles), many of them study Bibles, and I am very thankful for their value as study tools (my favorite so far has been the ESV Study Bible). The ability to have commentary at your fingertips can be really useful and clarifying.

However, all of that commentary can also be distracting. I often find myself chasing so many rabbit trails in the footnotes that I lose the big picture of the actual *story* that I'm reading. That's where the ESV Reader's Bible comes in.

It is obviously designed to read like a novel instead of an encyclopedia, and it succeeds. When my copy arrived in the mail, even though I knew it was coming I didn't recognize the box at first because it is smaller than any other Bible I've bought (except for those crazy small pocket Bibles). The size is on par with classic hardback novels, and about as thick. The Bible comes in a nice box sleeve (reminds me of a Lord of the Rings box set my parents owned) and looks really nice (I have the "cloth over board" hardcover version).

Inside, the Bible is super readable - again, similar to a novel. Front matter is kept to a minimum, and there are no references at the back except for 4 maps (2 pages front and back) printed in tastefully subdued colors. Everything else is just the text of scripture, with no annotations or footnotes except for very discreet chapter numbers alongside the text, plus a "chapter and verse range" printed at the top of each page, and a page number at the bottom of each page. These reference numbers are all printed in a muted red font to let the black font of scripture be the reader's main focus.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mmoriarty on July 12, 2014
Format: Imitation Leather
For those who may want to know, the TruTone Brown/Walnut edition comes in a clamshell cardboard box, not a slipcase like the hardcover cloth-over-boards edition (and it really is honest-to-goodness cloth over boards, not paper).
The TruTone has rounded page corners and gilded page edges; the hardcover has right-angle page corners and plain white page edges.
Both editions have two brown ribbon markers.
The TruTone has a rounded spine and the Trutone material is pleasant to handle. The dark material covers the entire back of the book, the spine, and one-third of the front cover of the book; the lighter-colored material is used only on the front cover. The spine is blind-stamped with the words "Holy Bible," "ESV," "English Standard Version," and "Crossway," and there is brown stitching around the edge of the covers and on the front of the volume as part of the "portfolio" design.
The TruTone edition has plain light brown end papers; the hardcover has a diamond-patterned light brown and grey endpapers. Marbled endpapers, suitable to each edition, would have picked the design of the book up a notch.
The text-block, of course, is exactly the same in both, as is the paper weight, which is light flexible bible paper.
It seems to me that the experience of reading the hardcover edition is more like reading a well-crafted book; reading the TruTone edition is more like reading a well-crafted bible. All the visual and tactile cues of the hardback say "book," while those of the TruTone say "bible."
The TruTone's rounded spine and flexible cover make the book rest comfortably in the hand. Both it and the hardcover edition lay open easily and seem to "present" the text for reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Carter on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the first single column Bible that that actually feels like a normal book. Several factors make it unique among single column Bibles. The removal of versification, the smaller (and more normal) column width compared to most, and the lack of references are the most notable. This is the closest thing I have ever seen to the Bible presented in the form of a simple book to be read. It is a beautiful thing.
The one drawback is the paper thickness. There is noticeable show-through from adjacent pages. This is mitigated somewhat by very good line-matching, but that cannot solve the whole problem. Of course the trade-off is that you get a handy sized book that, while not a thinline, is also not overly thick.
All in all, this Bible is a smashing success. Truly worth owning, especially at around $20.
This is a review of the cloth-bound edition. I should note that both the brown and the gray are cloth. I had thought that perhaps the gray would be some sort of paper, as is often the case on a 3/4 bound book like this. I was pleasantly surprised however. It has the feel of one of the 'Everyman's Library' volumes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2014
Format: Imitation Leather Verified Purchase
While I really do appreciate Crossway's efforts to publish a "Reader's Bible", I think that while the idea was good, the implementation suffered.

Good points:
- Removal of the verse numbers and a paragraph reading format like a book
- Single column and nice sized margins
- Good quality

Bad points:
- Small font. Geesh...you'd think this would be an important decision for a "Reader's Edition 101". I have 20/20 vision, and I frequently find Crossway errs on the side of fonts that are too small for long periods of reading time. A reader's edition should have at least a 10 point font (I think this is a 9 point?), and ideally perhaps an 11 or 12 point font. Not sure if Crossway will ever get this right. In the past, I've seen people complain about this in reviews for many of their Bibles.
- Text bleed through: While not horrible, it certainly could have used some improvement. Maybe they could have even saved themselves a few bucks by using standard "paperback paper" rather than the thinner "Bible paper"

Overall, a valiant effort, but with a few more improvements, they could have had a best seller on their hands.
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