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Single Column Legacy Bible Interview with Bible Design Blog

Bible Design Blog recently posted an interview with Crossway’s Bible production department on the Single Column Legacy Bible. This is an informative post for those interested in how the Single Column Legacy Bible was produced. Here’s an excerpt:

Q. What is the story behind the Single Column Legacy ESV? How did the idea originate?

The original project was conceived under the working title of “Reader’s Thinline Bible.” The goal was to create a single-column, text-only, reader’s edition that focused on an inviting readable page and beautiful design.

Our Bible typesetter relied heavily on Canadian typesetter Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style as he developed the page design. Essentially, we tried to follow the “Renaissance Ideal” or “perfect page” layout. This layout refers to a set of principles called the “canons of page construction” that all focus around a 2:3 ration of page geometry. Jan Tschichold reintroduced this typographic ideal in the twentieth century, calling it a method “upon which it is impossible to improve” and which produces “the perfect book.” We stuck closely to this design philosophy, although we did have to make a few adjustments for the sake of overall page count.

Read the whole post here.

Mark Bertrand runs Bible Design Blog, a site “dedicated to the physical form of the Good Book.” In his blog Bertrand reviews high-end, quality Bible editions and processes and has much to say about how Bible design and production impact a reader’s experience. If in the past you’ve wondered about the differences in Bible materials (i.e. bonded leather versus genuine leather), check out his guide for beginners. If you’re a skeptic of high-end Bibles, his FAQ page will probably address many of your questions and objections.

January 27, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: Andrew Tebbe @ 8:00 am | (3) Comments »


  1. It was through Mark’s blog that I found out about this edition. Mine came in on Wednesday. I love it. The format is very refreshing. I feel like the words have room to breathe on the page. It’s like taking ten people stuffed in an elevator and letting them out into a dining hall. No one likes being stuffed in an elevator. It’s awkward and uncomfortable. Enough with the analogy. Thanks for this edition! You have a big fan here.

    Comment by Freddy — January 27, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  2. Freddy, thanks for the kind note! And thanks for the amazing analogy! Our Bible production department will enjoy it.

    Comment by Andrew Tebbe — January 27, 2012 @ 11:32 am

  3. You’re welcome! I wrote a short review this morning. Check it out: http://taultheology.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-esv-single-column-legacy-bible/

    Comment by Freddy — January 28, 2012 @ 11:30 am

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