Monday, August 24, 2009
I am pleased to report that this fall the NLT Study Bible will be available in Smyth sewn, genuine leather bindings (black and burgundy). I have always preferred sewn bindings and genuine leather covers for their durability and beauty. Most Bibles by most publishers are glued, and the glues have gotten quite good. But a sewn binding is still more durable than a glued binding, and Smyth sewing is the highest quality sewing process -- it uses durable binders' thread and creates a lie-flat binding that can last for a long, long time. For instance, the Smyth sewn, genuine leather NASB ultrathin reference Bible that I bought in 1987 and used daily for over 10 years is still in very good condition. I would expect that the Smyth sewn NLT Study Bible should be a very durable, high-quality product as well.
In addition to the genuine leather editions of the NLT Study Bible, there are two new "LeatherLike" bindings, chocolate/chocolate, and chocolate/dusty blue. My personal copy of the NLT Study Bible is the chocolate/tan binding that was so popular last year, and it has served me well. The LeatherLike covers that Tyndale uses are very nice, with a good tactile feeling (and perhaps even a hint of real leather scent? I might be imagining it...).
While we're talking about bindings, what bindings of the NLT Study Bible are you most interested in seeing? Please let me know in the comments!