Q & A: Reader's Edition vs. ESV1

Q. I'm sure you know about the Allan ESV "Reader's Edition" talked about at this link, but how will it compare to the ESV1? Unfortunately I cannot wait until your review comes out since by that point they will most likely have already sold out. I'm looking for a everyday reading, studying and preaching Bible that I can use for the rest of my life. While I know that no Bible is perfect, I am the type that likes to fine one and hold on.

A. This one's a dilemma! On the one hand, you can't wait for my review, but on the other you want me to tell you how it compares to the ESV1. The thing is, I don't have a copy of the Reader's Edition. So the best I can do is speculate. From what I've heard, I'm confident the Reader's Edition will be very nice. I imagine the binding will be comparable to an R. L. Allan ESV1 in quality, and the paper will be better.

Trade offs? The Reader's Edition will be larger ... and in spite of the name it's still a two-column text setting. But if your chief complaint about the current quality editions is that the type is too small, I imagine the Reader's Edition will be just the thing.

I'll have much more to say once I've actually seen one, though, so if you're undecided and you can wait, I recommend that you do.