ESV Reader’s Bible (with Chapter and Verse Numbers) — A Review

ESV Reader’s Bible, Six-Volume Set: With Chapter and Verse Numbers, Cloth over Board with Permanent Slipcase


Introduction

 

  • What is a reader’s Bible?
  • Why a reader’s Bible?
  • This particular reader’s Bible → chapter and verse markings.

Features

 

  • 6 volume set: (1) Pentateuch, (2) Historical Books, (3) Poetry, (4) Prophets, (5) Gospel & Acts, (6) Epistles & Revelation (following LXX order, standard in English translations).
  • Comes with permanent slipcase/holder.
  • Cloth-over-board (hardcover).
  • Also available: premium goatskin edition; single-volume version.
  • Single-column.
  • Generous spacing.
  • 12 point font.
  • Higher quality, thicker paper.
  • Smaller, less obtrusive verse markings.
  • Chapter and verse location provided in corners.
  • Black text (no red letter).
  • Minimal use of headings.
  • No cross references or citation references.
  • No footnotes.

Conclusions

 

  • Provides a format to experience and interact with the Bible less like a reference work.
    • A more enjoyable experience, like reading a “regular” book.
    • Helps with reading larger quantities of scripture (provides more accurate perception).
  • I prefer the inclusion of chapter and verse markings in this version (best of both worlds).
  • Probably needs to be a supplement to a regular one-volume versions of the Bible. (This will be my “at-home” Bible.)
  • I’d prefer is they had ditched the headers altogether.
Pricing
  • $200 retail (I found at $115 elsewhere).
  • Premium leather edition = $500 ($280 elsewhere).
  • Single-volume edition = $20+.

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Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 3

The following is part 3 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.


Benefits of Owning a Library in Logos

11. Books Are More Than Books–Integration with Powerful Tools

 

12. Side-By-Side with Fantastic Study Tools

 

13. Greek & Hebrew Made Easy

 

14. Pricing (Bundles & Discounts)

Admittedly, it’s not abnormal for Logos’ prices on individual books to be more expensive than, say, its price Amazon or other book retailers. (Part of this is due to that fact that, as I’ve said, when you’re buying a Logos book you’re not just buying the book, as you would elsewhere, but a book that’s been enhanced by their team for integration in Logos’ program and its functionalities.)

Nonetheless, Logos frequently runs sales–and every few months they even put out some really good sales. Moreover, if you buy your books in their bundles, you can save some money in the long run. Specifically, if you can afford to purchase a package, that’s one of the best ways to get a load of books at a significantly discounted rate per book.

15. More Books (Base Packages & Bundles)

Finally, when you build your library in Logos using their bundled, discounted packages, you’ll likely find your library to be far larger than it would have been otherwise if you had built it merely by purchasing physical books one at a time–or even set by set. The way Logos is built on packages, which supply a well-rounded assortment of resources, you’ll find your library to be much fuller and complete than it would have been otherwise.


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Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 2

The following is part 2 in a 3-part series on Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books) — follow this link to see the other posts from this series.


Benefits of Owning a Library in Logos

6. Capability to Perform Extensive Searches Across Your Entire Library

 

7. Lightning-Fast Referencing

 

8. Hyperlinked Resources

 

9. Ability to Switch & Access Resources Seamlessly

 

10. Customized Layouts

 


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Why I Choose to Build My Library in Logos (The Benefits of Logos Over Physical Books), Pt. 1

Among book-lovers, to suggest the supposed “benefits of ebooks (e.g., Logos Bible Software) over physical books” is to utter fightin’ words! People’s opinion on this topic can be rather strong.

My Story

So a little bit of backstory…

I use to own a lot more physical books than I do currently. When I was in seminary, I didn’t have a lot of money to buy books. But over time, I slowly and steadily gathered more and more books. I would get a lot of books from people giving them away for free. Add to that the amount of books I would check out from the library every semester for classes, and our small little apartment soon became overcrowded with books. I ran out of space. Soon I began keeping stacks of books on the dining room table (our only table, mind you), and keeping them in my closet next to my clothes!

I began to question whether this was the route I wanted to go. I knew I would likely have a decent amount of moves ahead of me; and I already new from new past moves that moving (and reorganizing and reshelving) boxes of books is no fun.

Now I already owned Logos Bible Software from back in my days in Bible college, where they had us buy it. And so I had some experience using electronic books, and the power of this particular program. So after much thinking, after several months of weighing the pros and the cons, I decided to go all in with Logos. I sold a bunch of my physical books, and used the profits as funds for transferring my library over to Logos’ system.

And I’m glad I did. The benefits have been great.

Caveats

Before I outline those benefits though, I feel like it’s important say, “I’m not against physical books.” I agree; there’s just something about holding an actual book in your hands that you don’t have when reading a book electronically (#nostalgia). And I’m also aware of the advantages in comprehension and retention in reading physical books in comparison to ebooks. So that all needs to be considered as you weigh things.

But all that notwithstanding, I have found the benefits of Logos to outweigh any of its detriments (for me).

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