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5 Stars Out Of 5
Single Column Genuine Leather NKJV
October 19, 2015
This is one of the best NKJV Bibles in my opinion, for these reasons:
-Excellent font type and size make for incredible readability (easy/pleasant on the eyes);
-Single column, paragraph format make for better visualization of subsections of the text, which almost always relate to a thematic chunk (sub-story), helping in Bible study and interpretation.
-The genuine leather is above average for Nelson (and many others) available today: very supple, yet "tough".
-Sewn binding makes the Bible lay flat from the box.
-There are less "in-text headings" than other Bibles, which for me is an advantage as it is less intrusion in the text (others who use in-text headings to locate familiar passages quickly may not like that). Every chapter has a heading though.
-Line matching from one page to the other (this happens sporadically, but it is not consistent throughout).
-Side column references.
Please note there is a "leatherflex" (faux leather) version of this Bible, which I also bought inadvertently, and that is not as good. The inside pages are the same, but the binding doesn't seem to be sewn, and the cover is like a bad cardboard and it is not hard. That cover is ISBN 1418542547. The genuine leather I am reviewing is ISBN 1418545996. The genuine leather is black, but slightly glossy, so the picture on CBD made it look like a blue-grey (must have been the flash of the camera). trust me, it is black!
The NKJV is an excellent translation. The translation is very exact, and the resultant English is very readable. The single column enhances the readability. There is a general lack of footnotes and cross references, which is fine. This Bible is made for reading, not so much for study.
The book is printed in the USA. The binding is done with a glued-over, bonded leather-like cover. It has the faint smell of denatured alcohol --- which I like. That smell has always meant a fresh book to me.
The quality is cheap, reminds me of a gift bible you can buy for 8 bucks or so. To me, the genuine leather doesn't feel any better than imitation leather. Very dissapointed with Nelson. How long this paticular bible will hold up?, I am not shure. Though quite a bit more expensive, you can go to evangelicalbibles dot com and pick a Schuyler NKJV and get a real quality bible. Only reason I bought this Nelson was I didn't have the money for a Schuyler, and wanted a church bible too, saving the Schuyler for home use.
Conflicted! I really like the NKJV, so I was very happy to see the NKJV in a single column format with a good text block and font. Nothing distracting, with even a good margin in the gutter. Very nice. But everything else about the Bible needs a lot of improvement if one wants a Bible they can use for a while. I would only hope that Nelson publishes this text block in the Signature Series (and does a good job with it, unlike the current ultra slim edition), or lets someone else publish it, which I think I would prefer because Nelson bibles are not known for their quality these days.
Unbelievable, but there were whole pages with very light print. The first page starting with Genesis 1 was extremely light, the following pages were darker, then another extremely light page followed by darker pages, etc. etc. The paper is cheap, way too thin. A lot of ghosting, especially the bold subtitles would horribly show through, it looked like smudging. The binding is cheap. I was hoping for a Smyth-sown bible, but wasn't surprised when it wasn't. The "genuine leather" was cheap, of course.
CBD sent me another bible and the pages were not alternating light and dark, but everything else, of course, was the same. Not worth the $ at all. Stick with the leather soft, which is just as good and save $11 if you want this bible.
If they at least had better paper which could handle the excellent font and not bleed through, I would be half-way satisfied. Perhaps Nelson will let someone else publish this Bible who can do it right. I would then recommend it to everyone in my church.
So sad for NKJV which I really like as a version along with many other people. I would've thought Nelson might have done something especially good with the NKJV because to the 400th year anniversary.