Since the fine-crafted Bible industry is always so fluid we thought we would provide a succinct update on the current trajectory of the industry in a few paragraphs.
First, this is an extremely exciting time in the quality Bible industry. There is a lot of enthusiasm and imagination going forward. This is a starkly different environment than 10 years ago when it seemed like publishers were putting all of their energy into e-readers, Bible apps and glow in the dark Bibles. A lot has changed since then thanks to the likes of Bible visionaries like Mark Bertrand. Now we have publishers like Cambridge and Schuyler that publish exclusively fine crafted Bibles, Allan, that refits typesettings with their vintage bindings, and larger Bible publishers like Crossway that have made a considerable investment in quality Bible products within their larger production networks. Let’s take a look at a few of the top publishers to see exactly what they are offering and what they plan to offer in the near future.
First, I think we should mention Schuyler Publishers. Schuyler has led the pack in the past few years in terms of imagination and creativity. In the past few years Schuyler has created and published its flagship typesetting design – The Quentel Series – available now in the NASB, ESV & NKJV. This series is the top selling series at evangelicalbible.com (To give perspective – the NKJV Quentel has sold about 50% of its entire stock in 6 weeks.) The Schuyler Caxton NLT – a joint project with Tyndale – is a single column paragraph Bible that has received excellent reviews! Schuyler’s next design is the Canterbury KJV Bible (due this fall) which will be marked by its dark bold font and ornamental drop caps. Schuyler has other projects coming in 2017 – one of which is the reintroduction of the ESV Confessional Bible which has been out of print for a few years.
Second, Allan. Allan is a unique player in the industry. Allan publishes Bibles in very small quantities using typesetting from other publishers. The bindings are unique and truly distinguished. Allan’s small production model often leads to scarcity in their productions lines so if you want a particular Allan Bible and it’s in stock…BUY it.
ALLAN NEWS: The vintage Allan Longprimer is expected be back in stock in May or June. It has been out of stock for more than a year….The Allan Wide Margin (Oxford Brevier
Clarendon) should come back in stock in June/July.
Third, Cambridge. Cambridge has a lot of designs that have been around for quite some time – and are excellent. Our favorites are their KJV Concord Reference Bibles and their Clarion series (personal size single column format) which spans many translations. We are unaware of any new designs coming out in the near future.