Crossway has recently announced that they will be releasing a new ESV Bible in early ’08. The Personal Size Reference Bible will fall in the ESV lineup between the Classic Reference ESV and the Compact ESV. It’s dimensions are 5″ x 7.25″ with a font size of 7.4. It is almost identical to the old Cambridge Cameo edition which is currently out of print. Crossway’s site doesn’t mention how thick it will be but I am going out on a limb and say it will be close to 1.25″ thick.
The reason for excitement about this new edition is not so much the convenient size but it’s format. It will be a single column paragraph edition with the references along the margins. Sample pdf. A single column edition is laid out like a traditional book which will be a plus in the ease of read department as well as helping with the flow. If all publishers used a single column paragraph format, I think it would help with people taking verses out of context… one would hope!
Crossway uses their type setting for making more than one edition. This current type setting will be available in four styles to start with, a black genuine leather and three Tru-Tone colors, black, mint and chestnut. If this edition sells well, I hope Crossway will make more editions with this setting. First, in premium calfskin leather and in the future a wide margin edition of at least an inch with slightly larger font also in calfskin, preferably in goatskin, smyth sewn, lined in leather so the covers are floppy. I dream of such a Bible