Here are all the posts we could find that talk about the new ESV Personal Size Reference Bible, listed (roughly) in reverse chronological order:
CROSS-eyed: “Must anticipated version of the ESV. The one downside to the traditional thinline was that it didn’t have references. Now, you can have the best of both worlds. Also, check out the cool covers.”
Duine Ruadh: “The type size doesn’t seem too small to me, but I have been using the Compact edition with its even tinier type. The Personal Reference type size edition seems huge by comparison.” In an earlier post: “My wonderful wife picked up an ESV Personal Reference Bible for me today. And I must say, I am very impressed. The size, type and layout are near perfect.”
Marklwardjr: “I really admire Crossway’s push for innovation in Bible publishing. And as an occasional graphic designer I am very pleased with their typography, too.”
Making a Splash: “For me, it is the perfect match between features and size…. This is a Bible that I can take anywhere and not feel like I have a brick in my hand. Together with the aforementioned preferred page layout, it is a real winner for me!”
Soul DeSaenz: “In this format the Bible is laid out much like a novel rather than a reference book. I believe this will help in Bible study and in gaining a better understanding of the context as opposed to just using verses for proof texts.” This review has lots of pictures of both the inside and outside of the Bible, including physical comparisons with other Bibles. Concerning the request for a calfskin edition of this Bible, you shouldn’t expect one this year (2008). However, on Amazon you can find a couple of otherwise-unannounced Personal Size Reference Bibles that are coming out this summer if you do some digging.
Bible Design & Binding: The über-review, with 3,500 words and twenty-one pictures.
Scott W. Kay: Why is a single-column typesetting important? “Bottom line: it’s all about readability—the ease of actually reading the Bible as a book, not just using it as a reference tool. Now there’s a thought.” Related post with pictures.