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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Zondervan NIV Giant Print Compact Bible

NIV Giant Print Compact Bible


I recently received a copy of the NIV Giant Print Compact Bible (GPC) for review purposes. The receipt of this Bible did not influence the outcome of this analysis.
This Bible is designed to be portable and easy to read. It has a simple elegance. The cover is an uncluttered, classy premium leather. It has a sewn and glued text block for greater durability. The text is single column, 11 points with good spacing between the lines (leading is about 12 points). The only references included are textual footnotes. The New International Version (2011) is an easier reading translation.
Large/Giant print compact Bibles often end up actually being compact Bibles with large print for their size class. That is, they are not truly large print but do have larger print than most other Bibles of a similar size. The print in this Bible is 10-11 points which isn't giant print. Giant print usually means 14-16 points. It is a very readable large print for middle age eyes that use bifocals.
Its physical size isn't as small as most compacts; Zondervan's NASB Compact Reference only measures 4 inches by 6 inches. At 5 inches by nearly 8 inches (and 2 inches thick!) the GPC is on the high end for compacts. It certainly is not a pocket or purse size Bible. This gave Zondervan plenty of room to fit this larger, more readable text. In my opinion, this Bible offers an excellent balance between print size and overall Bible size. If the print were any larger, the Bible would be unwieldy. If the Bible were any smaller, the print would be too small.
The GPC sits easily in my hands for daily reading. The soft, flexible cover helps; if the cover were stiff it would have a tendency to snap shut. One can quickly turn to a specific passage as well.  I enjoy having a Bible that I can sit comfortably and read like a novel. I recommend a daily reading Bible like this in addition to a study Bible.
The GPC does lay fairly flat.  Unfortunately, due to the thickness of the Bible text has a tendency to disappear into the gutter.
Pressing down on the pages helps but it will take time for it to loosen up. The leather of the spine is glued to the book block. I was surprised to discover this method on a premium, sewn Bible. It causes the leather of the spine to wrinkle as it is pressed open. I am concerned that this will also lead to deformity of the book's spine.
The text is uncluttered as mentioned above. Simple section headings mark passages except in the Psalms and Proverbs. Verses are combined into paragraphs. Verse numbers are included in the text. They are smaller but just as dark as the text. Lighter color numbers would have made them less obtrusive. The paper is perhaps average opacity for modern Bibles. I would like more opaque paper but the show through was not terribly distracting. I have examined several single column text blocks - this is one of my favorite layouts. The GPC's layout is very good. It is readable, uncluttered and easy on the eyes.
This is a premium Bible for a reasonable cost. Retail pricing is $124.99 but online sellers go as low as $50 (USD). Zondervan offers even more affordable bindings such as the bonded leather for about $26 ($39.99 retail) and imitation leather for $16 ($24.99) retail. If you plan to use this Bible daily (and you should) I recommend getting the better cover.
I strongly prefer Bibles that were made with a greater emphasis on function. Fancy covers, special ribbons and unique colors don't help with Bible reading. The quality materials used in making this Bible greatly affect the function. It was designed for a certain type of reading; The Giant Print Compact Bible fills that role very well. If you have never read all the way through the Bible before, get this GPC and read it all!



The Bible:
  • Published by Zondervan
  • Ebony Premium Leather
  • 5 Raised Ribs on Spine
  • 2,385 pages
  • Perimeter Stitching
  • Sewn Binding
  • Lays Flat
  • Bible Measures 5.25 x 7.875 x 2 inches
  • Art Gilt - Red Under Gold Page Edging
  • 2 Black Ribbons
  • Presentation Page
  • Boxed
  • ISBN: 978-0-310-42648-6
  • Retail Price is $124.99

Introductory Material:
  • Table of Contents
  • Alphabetical Order of the Books of the Bible
  • Preface

The Text:
  • New International Version (2011)
  • This is #9535.110 in The Encyclopedia of English-Language Bible Versions
  • Single Column Text
  • Approximately 10-11 Point Type
  • Paragraph format
  • Footnotes
  • Words of Christ in Black
  • Sectional Headings
  • Table of Weights & Measures

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Bible Reader's Museum eBay Store

The Bible Reader's Museum eBay Store is your source for Bibles of all shapes, sizes and types. Whether you need a quality Bible for daily reading, a unique translation for study or an economical Bible for sharing - you will find them all here. Many of these are hard to find so grab them while they are still available!

Museum Store Sale!

This weekend the Bible Reader's Museum Store is offering 15% of all orders.  Use the code LULU15 at checkout.  This sale will last till May 8, 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bible Sales

A friend of mine is selling off his book and Bible collection.  Unfortunately, his health situation is such that he can only use electronic media now.  Please take a look at his auctions.  He should have more items being listed over time.  You can see his sales on eBay by clicking here.

Thank you!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

World Modern Translated Version

I discovered this item listed on Amazon this morning.  I haven't had time to examine it yet.  The title on Amazon reads "The Bible: World Modern Translated Version of the English Bible for the new millennium, Comparable to NIV, ESV, KJV, NKJV, NASB, NLT and other popular translations."  It looks like it is only available for the Kindle, but you can read some of it in Amazon's preview.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February Update on the new NASB from Lockman

The Lockman Foundation posted an update recently on their Facebook page. Here is the text of that update:

From the Translation Committee
We are still hard at work on the next updated NASB and continue to make good progress. However, with all the details of review, work has progressed slower than expected. We now hope to finish most editorial around the 3rd quarter of 2017 and then with final proofreading the text might be done toward the end of the year with a release in 2018.
We will see the schedule more clearly around April/May 2017 because a lot of review is in process now. The results and time taken for this phase will help determine the time needed for the next. Our priority is to do the best job we can and not rush the required time.

On another note:  I have not posted much at all for some time.  I continue to battle some health problems.  While some things have been figured out - it isn't all sorted out yet.  It may be some time before I get active here again (if at all).

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Lavender's New Testament

I just heard about a new translation that is available.  It is called Lavender's New Testament.  It appears the translation work was done by Dr. Malcom Lavender.  The notes were written by Dr. Russ Lavender.  You can view a sample of Romans, purchase the NT or their book The Case for a New Translation at the Lavender's New Testament website.

Thanks to JP for this notice.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

New Living Translation 2015 update

The New Living Translation was updated last year.  The text is now available on Bible GatewayHere is a list of the changes made in 2015.

ESV Permanent Text Edition (2016)

The Crossway board of directors and the ESV oversight committee have unanimously decided to make the English Standard Version a permanent text.  They announced 52 changes (you can see the announcement here) which are to be the last ones.  If I were making a permanent text, I wouldn't add the "(2016)" on the end.  But as a Bible reader, I am delighted to hear that there will not a constant string of updates.


UPDATE on September 28, 2016:
As James Snapp noted below, there is now longer a permanent ESV text.  It was permanent for a little over a month.  Yes, Crossway has reversed the decision to keep the ESV unchanging.  You can read a statement by Lane T. Dennis,President and CEO of Crossway about today's reversal here on Crossway's blog.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

King James Bible 2016

I just got notice from a friend about a new Bible version.  It is called the King James Bible 2016.  There is a free download of the New Testament available.  Visit the King James Bible 2016 at http://kjv2016.textusreceptusbibles.com/.


Thanks to JH for this find.

Updated American Standard Version

I just got an e-mail with an update on the Updated American Standard Version.  It has its own dedicated website now.  Visit http://www.uasvbible.org/ to learn more about it.