The Quentel NKJV is just about due to drop. This is yet another entry in acclaimed Quentel line. One wonders, barring the addition of a new set of translations to the rotation, if Schuyler will continue expanding the Quentel series or if we are getting close to its completion. In any event, the Quentel series proved Schuyler was ready to take its place in the list of premium Bible publishers (Bibles that are built to last, as opposed to falling apart in five years).
The watershed moment, however, might come in August/September 2016 time frame when the Canterbury KJV is completed.
The previews have been something to behold. The red drop caps are a classy touch - we haven't seen this practiced regularly since perhaps the early 1900s, and this was largely in liturgical books, not Bibles. It adds to the aesthetic experience of the Bible as a sacred book.
The Canterbury KJV will largely be double column. Schuyler has opted to present Psalms in a single column format,
I cannot commend this decision enough - this is excellent move on Schuyler's part! Anyone who regularly uses the psalms for prayer or liturgy/worship can attest that a single column format has distinct advantages over the traditional two columns. It assists with providing both visual clarity to the page and actually lets the reader take each psalm in as a poetic work, as opposed to a compressed text.
If you want a better idea of what these formatting decisions will look like in the context of reading an actual book in the Bible, you can find a PDF sample of Isaiah online. This gives us a fairly accurate preview into what it will be like when encountering all of these features in context.
Formatting decisions being noted, perhaps the most important feature of the Canterbury KJV will be the decision to publish a hardcover edition in addition to the premium leather. Premium Bibles can be cost prohibitive and limit a publisher to a particular market. Schuyler is actively working with Jongbloed in the Netherlands (the premium printer for Schuyler, Cambridge and others) to produce a sewn hardcover edition. The hardcover edition will be printed and bound in the Netherlands and feature gilt page edges. The target price range is around $50.00 USD.
The significance of a hardcover edition cannot be underestimated. Schuyler has built its base on the premium Bible market. The decision to expand into hardcover is indicative of the broader interest Schuyler has garnered and is a move that could very well position them as the Bible publisher of choice. Schuyler's craftsmanship will have greater diffusion with this step, and I suspect it will put pressure on a number of publishers to "up their game".
Occasionally, I will receive emails inquiring into my enthusiasm for Schuyler. The reason is relatively simple - Schuyler does excellent work. We are living in a time that can only be thought of as the dark ages of book publishing. Things are so bleak that even premium publishers of some reputation have experimented with various cost cutting measures as the sacrifice of quality. I won't name any names, but certain readers will know to whom I refer. Schuyler has resolutely gone against industry trends and shines a light in otherwise black landscape.
Schuyler intends the Canterbury KJV to be a game changer. Thus far, all of the indicators point in that direction. If everything comes together, this will be a very hard volume to top.