Do you remember my posts about the forthcoming ESV Study Bible, here and here? My first post mentioned that I’m decidely not a fan of the artwork for the hard cover edition of the ESV Study Bible (they put that orange triangle on the cover of the TruTone editions as well–I just don’t get it), and my second post mentioned in passing that I’m planning to buy the Hardcover edition anyway and just take the dustjacket off.
Today I received an email from a Customer Service Rep at Crossway who took the time to read my post(s) and then was kind enough to give me the heads up that the artwork is printed on the hardback itself, not just on the dustjacket.
That information itself is very disappointing, but I’m so impressed that they took the time to contact me (he had to figure out how to do that, by the way, as I don’t have my email anywhere on my blog) that it’s quite taken the sting out of the ugly, juvenile artwork.
So, here’s one more reason to use the ESV: it’s backed by an impressive organization of people who legitimately care about their customer.
I would dearly love to see an alternative with a sense of respectability. However, as I mentioned to the gentleman from Crossway, I’ve all ready placed a pre-order with evangelicalbible.com and I’m not going to cancel it. After all, what you really care about in a study bible is the interior content–and that promises to be top-notch.
If you, like me, are a fan of the ESV then there are two websites that you should know about. Together they are the two least expensive places to buy any ESV bible you can think of. Often, they’re significantly less expensive.
The first is evangelicalbible.com. Right now in addition to having great prices, they’re offering free shipping on pre-orders of the ESV Study Bible. Speaking of which, it was pointed out to me after my last post on the ESV Study Bible that the cover art I have such an issue with is just a dust jacket. Whah-lah, problem solved. So I ordered a copy and plan on taking the cover off.
Evangelicalbible.com also happens to be the exclusive US distributor of RL Allan bibles, which are the highest quality bibles currently available anywhere. So if you’re looking to drop some serious cash on a bible of surpassing quality with highland goatskin leather cover, an RL Allan will give you goosebumps.
Check out this nifty graphic from the evangelicalbible.com site:
The other site to know about as they sometimes give evangelicalbible.com a run for their money in terms of having the best price is the Westminster Bookstore. Right now, for example, the single-column, Personal Size Reference Edition (which I highly recommend, by the way), TruTone cover, is $17.99 at Westminster Bookstore and evangelicalbible.com is asking $18.89 for the same edition. However, you may be able to get free shipping from evangelicalbible, so look around carefully at the deals they are currently running.