Yesterday I received in the mail from Amazon.com my new NIV 2011 Thinline Reference Premium Leather Large Print Black Letter Edition. This is a double column bible, with center reference. Cost $81.89
First impressions are amazing! I own several premium leather bibles and this one overall is the nicest. I highly recommend this bible to anyone shopping for a Premium Leather edition. Here are the things I like best about this edition.
- The font and its size 10.5. The font choice they made is so much better than the choice they had made with the TNIV Renaissance Bible. I never really warmed up to the TNIV font. I think it is too small, and they are too tight making it a bit difficult to read, and I have 20/20 vision. The NIV is using a font that is much better to read possibly Georgia, nicely spread which helps to separate lines.
- Two ribbons, every bible should have two ribbons they are not that expensive, one for the OT, and one for the NT.
- Center-column reference
- Thinline less than one inch think
- Premium supple Leather has lots of character, a bible you just love to hold in your hands and read.
- Stitch binding which allows it to lay perfectly flat when opened
If you are on a budget and really would like to have the Large Print Thinline Reference edition, Zondervan is offering bonded leather editions as well as a Hardback and Duo-Tune. I personally don’t care for bonded leather, I actually prefer the Duo-Tone over it. If I was on a budget I would buy this one, the Italian Duo-Tone Brown for $30.85, and if you prefer you can get the Hardcover for $22.79
Here are some photos for you to enjoy. I show some comparison with the HCSB Premium Leather Legacy bible. That one is also a large print, center column bible. However they used a Time Romans font, and is slightly smaller than the NIV. Also I included some shots with the TNIV Renaissance bible. One thing that I like better on the HCSB Premium Leather bible, is the choice they used for the back of the leather. It appears they didn’t use anything which allows the bible to feel better when you open it, also the leather feels a bit thicker than the NIV 2011. The NIV and TNIV both use some matte paper that is glued to the leather. It’s fine, but I think I would prefer how the HCSB did it. Lastly you will see that TNIV is thickest of all three (not advertised as a Thinline), and the NIV and HCSB are about the same thickness.
Yes I know that I retired from blogging, but I’m actually just semi-retired from blogging. I just had to share this with the rest of you.
The side by side comparison for Matthew is the NIV (left) and HCSB (right)