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NIV Giant Print Compact Bible Imitation Leather – July 30, 2011
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Now available for the first time is the NIV Giant Print Compact Bible. This large-print NIV Bible in a smaller format makes the comfort of large print especially portable. Smaller than an average Bible and featuring the complete text of the most-read, most-trusted NIV translation, the NIV Giant Print Compact Bible combines ease of reading with a handy compact size convenient enough for you to carry anywhere. Whether you're an on-the-go or bedside Bible reader, the single-column text and easy-on-the-eyes typefaces make this NIV Bible perfect for those who prefer a larger font for more comfortable reading. Durably and beautifully bound in handsome colors and textures, and boxed for gift giving, the NIV Giant Print Compact Bible is sure to please. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Why does it matter that it is single column?
Well, For some time now, bibles have been designed so they are physically slimmer and smaller. The result is thinner paper, and double columns (more columns = more words on a page). Tradition has now set in and people are used to seeing a bible in a double column format. This is unfortunate simply because single columns are better for reading at any length (which is why novels, etc, are designed in a single column format), but you cant have your cake and eat it too so since it is cool to have an anorexic bible they are all double column with thin paper. Which is why I am excited about Zondervan taking a chance designing a small, fat bible with a simple interior design...it is enjoyable...
Paper: Better than average. I would guess that it is 24lb. Ghosting is not bad, but I have found that this is subjective to some degree. Different lighting conditions obviously affects ghosting but with the large type it is very easy to read in almost any lighting condition.
Text: Font size is 12/13 (another wards it is not small...but not clown big). It is reasonably dark and crisp. Font types can be subjective, but this doesn't bother me (although I would not call it elegant). The text spreads nicely across the page at about 10-12 words per line, which is ideal for readability.
Size & Binding: I would call it a Personal Size not Compact. The size is roughly 5x7.5" and it is thick...study bible thick which feels great in the hand. The extra weight adds to the limpness and it easily lies open. Nothing extra special about the cover. I have the Sierra/Black which is nice. The websites do not say that it has a sewn binding, but there is evidence that it might be: When you flex the spine you see stitches every 3/8", and there are signatures dividing the book block that are seen in sewn bibles.
I hope to see more bibles designed this way.
Just remember that it's not red letter and doesn't have a lot of room in the margins for notes.
The goals of giant print and compactness would seem to be at odds, but this bible delivers both. It's possible because, while the bible is compact in it's height and width, it is what I would call "chunky." But chunky in a good way. It's not a pocket bible by any stretch, so look elsewhere for that level of portability. I like the hefty feel of this bible in my hand. It's weight, along with it's soft cover, make it possible for the bible to lay open, even to a book near the end like James, and not keep closing on you.
Another thing that makes this the perfect reading bible is the LACK of commentary. That's what your giant study bibles are for. It does have cross reference verses noted, which are important, but other than that it's just you and the text.
Another note for potential buyers. Because of the giant print, the margins around the edge of the page are small...this is not a great bible to take notes in. You'll want a separate pad of paper or your study bible laying open for that.