Update: January 13 2018.
The brightest star in the Bible world for 2017 was the arrival of the new Schuyler Quentel Personal Size Editions, which debuted with the NASB and then the ESV. As of today, the ESV is nearly 70% sold out (2.5 months!) The NASB is selling at the same record pace. All of the Quentels will come in the Personal Size format by the end of 2018 or early 2019. The Canterbury KJV is next on the calendar for a March release. This will be a red letter edition. The Canterbury Leather-over-board special edition, with a unique slip case is also due out this Spring.
Right Around the Corner: The Schuyler Quentel NIV and Quentel NASB – Thinline – should be in our facility in the next 2 weeks. These are currently at a preorder price. A few words about these 2 Bibles. The NIV has exceeded our expectations because of the rich typesetting design, as well as the bold dark red for the words of Christ. So often red letter turns out pink or washed out. Schuyler produced a red letter that is genuinely dark and bold. The NIV’s preorders have been surprisingly strong. Much of the premium Bible market is dominated by the KJV, NASB and ESV, and so we were unsure about the NIV’s strength in this niche. So far it has moved beyond expectations. The next story to tell here is the imminent arrival of the Quentel NASB Thinline. This Bible will be attractive to many because it retains the size and footprint
of the original NASB Quentel, (same font size, page size, etc) but is now substantially thinner (50% thinner than the 1st ed.) The color choices for these 2 Bibles – Schuyler covered the spectrum here – and they’re gorgeous. Here is the photo album for the NIV. Here is the photo album for the NASB.
The premium Bible market is dominated by several players: Schuyler, Allan, Crossway & Cambridge. Like much of the premium Bible market, the rise of the personal size was jump-started, in part, by Mark Bertrand’s raving review of the Quentel’s smaller brother. The Canterbury King James Bible has become the best selling King James Bible, thanks in large part to its stunning typesetting design. (Who would have guessed that a Danish company would be the best designers of “the noblest monument of English prose!”)
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 expect to see the ESV Study Bible bound in
Allan’s Highland Goatskin, as well as the return of the Highland Goatskin Longprimer. Allan has also been editing the ESV Single Column (Verse-by-Verse) with an expectation to have this on the market in 2018. We may be pleasantly surprised by other offerings from Allan. We will notify you of other Allan Bibles as soon as we are made aware.
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.
Cambridge: We expect to see the NRSV in Cowhide and Goatskin. It is also fairly certain that we will see a return of the Turquoise ed. in the Spring. Please stay tuned for other editions.