As a loyal user of the ESV, I want to commend you on the work that has been undertaken in producing such a usable translation that is faithful to the ancient manuscripts, faithful to the tradition of English Bible translations going back to the work of William Tyndale and for publishing a translations that is very readable. I feel it safe to say that the ESV has a very loyal following.
Much of the success of the ESV has to do with the translation itself. As I have already stated, it is easy to read while retaining the literary qualities that make reading a joy. The other reason for the success is the many editions that have been released that appeal to a wide spectrum of end users. There is nary a void that can be filled by a new ESV edition that isn’t already available.
This leads me to the reason for writing this open letter to you. There are many, including myself, that await anxiously the arrival of the new Personal Size Reference ESV that is expected to be released Feb. 29. As well you know, it will be available in four editions, one in genuine leather and three in TruTone. There appears to be a glaring omission, that of a calfskin edition.
I entreat you to consider publishing such an edition, in both calfskin as well as Cordovan. There are many that consider your premium leather editions as some of the finest Bibles available today. Dare I say, you would be remiss in not making the Personal Size Reference ESV available as a premium edition. There is much anticipation of this new edition and I am sure that it will be quite popular and as such there has already been talk by customers who are willing to send this edition to be re-bound. A custom re-bind can add upwards of $100 to the cost of a Bible. The final cost of a custom re-bind, including the cost of the Bible can be close to $200.
Sirs, I ask that you consider publishing the Personal Size Reference ESV in a premium leather, a Smythe sewn binding and leather linings. I am certain that it would be a very popular edition and we all would be grateful in not having to go through a re-binder to have another fine ESV.
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