Beth mentions that Schuyler NKJV single column Bible is a reprinting of Thomas Nelson's "but better." I decided to see for myself what "better" meant. My skill in photographing Bibles is negligible, but hopefully these will help illustrate some of the differences.
These Bibles have exactly the same layout. There is no difference in page numbering or anything else. The layout is by Blue Heron Bookcraft in Battle Ground, Washington. The Thomas Nelson Bible is printed in the United States of America (printer isn't given). The Schuyler NKJV was printed by Royal Jongbloed in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands. The main reason I considered the Schuyler after getting the Thomas Nelson was in hopes that it would be more readable.
|Thomas Nelson (top) and Schuyler have exact same layout|
I got the Thomas Nelson Bible first. Nowhere on the Bible does it mention the cover, although "Genuine Leather" is written on the box. Although the Bible is reasonably flexible, it feels more like bonded leather. I read that the Thomas Nelson Bible has a glued binding. I haven't been able to verify this. I have to admit that I don't mind the feel of it in my hand. The Schuyler Bible is bound in soft goatskin and is very flexible. I LOVE the feel of it in my hand. The Schuyler has a sewn binding (as do all Schuyler Bibles). Borrowing from Mark Bertrand's famous "Bible Yoga" style you can see that the Schuyler is more flexible.
|Thomas Nelson (left) is less flexible.|
Both lay similarly on a table. The Schuyler has a larger margin in the gutter so there is less text curving. Both have some trouble when you are the beginning or the end of the Bible. When opening to Genesis or Revelation, the lighter side raises slightly off the surface. Perhaps both would settle down with use.
|Both Schuyler (left) and Thomas Nelson have trouble laying flat.|
When thumbing through the Bible I noticed the page edges on the Thomas Nelson are a bit rough. It appears that they were cut poorly so the gilding didn't stick well. It is also duller than the Schuyler. Also, the pages tend to fan out a bit right from the start. I haven't been reading this Bible much at all yet, but already the pages fan out. The Schuyler is art gilt red under gold. The edges are smooth and shiny. You can even see a bit of reflection of the ribbons! The pages lay flat though I haven't leafed through this one as much as the Thomas Nelson.
|Schuyler (bottom) has superior edging.|
|Thomas Nelson (top) is smaller than the Schuyler|
|Thomas Nelson (top) and Schuyler|
|Schuyler (left) has a slightly large font.|
One problem I found with the Thomas Nelson (I wasn't able to get this to show in my photographs) was uneven print darkness. The print on some pages was lighter. This was noticeable when cross referencing or when flipping between two pages. The lighter pages were still readable though it made the ghosting more troublesome.
If you like multiple ribbons, the Schuyler (right, below) wins here too. I use differing amounts depending on the reading schedule I use. This year my schedule works with 2 or preferably 3 ribbons. This picture shows the similar layouts, the ribbons and perhaps you can see the difference in paper color.
|Schuyler (right) has more ribbons.|
I would still recommend the Thomas Nelson as an affordable single column reading Bible. I do think it could have been executed better for the price range. I have other Bibles in the same price range without these defects. If you can afford the investment, the Shuyler is an excellent and much more readable upgrade. It was worth the extra money for me. I did find it more readable and believe I will use this often and long. If ghosting is a problem for you, you make wish to wait until Schuyler releases the NKJV in their Quentel series. I heard that it will be out in 2015-16.
| Comparison Chart|
|Thomas Nelson (top)||Schuyler (bottom)|
|$40 (USD)||$190 (USD)|
|Genuine leather||Goatskin leather|
|glued binding?||sewn binding|
|somewhat flexible||very flexible|
|Trim size: 8.44"x5.5"||Trim size: 9.13"x6.25"|
|white paper||32 GSM cream paper|
|9 pt font||10.5 pt font|
|uneven printing||excellent printing|
|1 ribbon||4 ribbons|
|weak/faulty gilt||excellent red under gold art gilt|
|rough page edges||smooth page edges|
If my review hasn't scared you off from the Thomas Nelson, here is a treat for you: One lucky reader gets to have the Thomas Nelson Single Column Bible. Please leave a comment with your name and BRIEFLY say why you want this Bible. I will choose a winner next Saturday (2-28-2015). I will post the winner's name whereupon you can email me with your address to receive your new Bible.