Friday, July 1, 2016

ESV Reader's Bible - Topgrain Cowhide - first look!

I've been reading more from the ESV Reader's Bible. Particularly the well designed imitation leather version.

As I've mentioned before, more than a few people have stopped to ask if this was calfskin - a testament to how well Crossway does its synthetics.


One is hard pressed to find a bible with such an appealing layout. Again, as mentioned before, the psalter has never looked so good in a bible - the liturgical functionality of this layout presents itself from the start.

Frankly, it makes anticipation for the topgrain cowhide (single volume) all the more exciting. The imitation leather is fantastic, and although the six volume set definitely carries the old world aesthetic, there is something to be said for having all of the ESV Reader's Bible (with its nearly pitch perfect design) in the palm of your hand. For now, thanks to the folks at Crossway, here is the first image of topgrain cowhide ESV Reader's Bible:

Initial reaction: this is quite nice!

The topgrain cowhide ESV Reader's Bible is set for release September 30th, 2016. You can pre-order it at The original ESV Reader's Bible was top choice upon release. Expect this edition to be the same.

Can't wait for the topgrain cowhide? Then check out the imitation leather and the hardcover editions - great prices at

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