Update: May 12 2018.
There is a lot of to say for 2018. As we have said before, the premium Bible market is dominated by several players: Schuyler, Allan, Crossway & Cambridge. Here is a brief summary of products from each publisher.
Schuyler has published the personal size edition of its regular size Quentel version in the NASB and ESV. The Canterbury also has a personal size companion. The Quentel NKJV personal size is due out in the fall. These have been extremely popular. The rise of the personal size was jump-started, in part, by Mark Bertrand’s raving review of the ESV Personal Size ESV. Besides the Personal Size Quentels, Schuyler has published the regular size NIV Quentel as well as the NASB Quentel Thinline. These have been incredibly popular. The NASB Quentel Thinline has been on the best seller list since its publication. The popular Canterbury KJV – now comes in 3 styles – Goatskin, Calfskin and Cowhide – the typesetting is really a remarkable work of art. (Here is an essay which outlines the beginning of the relationship between Schuyler Bibles and the Danish typesetting company who produced the Canterbury).
Cambridge recently republished their popular Turquoise (not to be confused with a color) Bible which has receive excellent reviews. It stand in the same class as the Allan Longprimer or Schuyler Canterbury. Cambridge’s NRSV Bibles have also had surprisingly high demand.
The British company, R.L. Allan, continues to publish its distinctive “Highland Goatskin” Bibles from relatively small binderies in the UK. Unfortunately, production supply has not kept up with demand, and therefore many Allan Bibles are out of stock before they reach the shores of the New World. We do have limited quantities of the Allan ESV Study Bible and the Calfskin Longprimer and Longprimer Sovereign.
Crossway continues to be the only large publisher who has continued to publish premium Bibles (that, of course, is our opinion) – The Crossway Legacy, Omega and Reader’s Set are amazing Bibles, particularly at their price points. We are hopeful to see
a return of the Calfskin Reader Set some time in 2018, as well as the ESV Study Bible in a Premium Natural Goatskin Binding.