The Compact Ultrathin from Holman arrived at my porch, well packed in a cardboard box, with paper packing.
The retail box is a two piece box that should be retained for storage. (Once you get this it will never be stored, it is that good.)
Inside the box the Compact Ultrathin is wrapped in black construction paper to protect it during shipping.
The Holman New King James Version Bible in brown genuine cowhide leather is one of the best compact Bibles I’ve seen. It is a bit smaller than the Pitt Minion settings, larger than the Ruby Text settings, while also remaining an ultrathin. Here is a picture of it with the Cambridge Cameo on the left and the Cambridge Pitt Minion on the right.
It is a great design. 2K/Denmark did the typesetting/layout for Holman and I have to say it looks excellent. Even though this Bible was manufactured in China, Holman has managed to ensure quality control. I don’t know how they accomplish this, as many of their competitors have failed. The cover is their standard chocolate colored, soft, cowhide leather. It remains one of the nicest covers you can get for the money.
It is aesthetically pleasing with decorative spine hubs adorning the spine and gold lettering. NKJV inside a circle is at the head of the spine, with, “Holy Bible” in the middle, and the Holman logo at the tail of the spine.
The Bible is case bound so the inside color matched, vinyl liners are pasted down to the inner cover.
The covers corners are mechanically folded with precision.
Inside you’ll find a, “Presentation Page “and three, “Occasions to Remember” pages.
Next are the, Copyright page and the, “Table of Contents” along with a, “Preface to the New King James Version” and, “God’s Plan for Salvation.”
The paper appears to have a good amount of titanium dioxide in it as it is pretty white and opaque for being so thin. The print is also laid out with line matching, which greatly aids in legibility. 2K/Denmark used a modern digital font that at 6 pt. in size remains easy on the eyes during reading. They got the line spacing just right as well. At the beginning of each book the title is printed boldly in larger font on the top of the page. The chapter headings are bold as well. Book names and chapters are indicated on the top, outer margin of each page, while the page numbers are on the top near the gutter of each page.
The print of this red letter edition is arranged in a double column, paragraph format, with limited notes on the foot of the page.
There is a brown ribbon marker, as well as decorative head and tail bands. They match the colors of the cover and liner. The page edges are gold gilt and there is a small concordance in the back.
The individual word entries are in red while their concordance information is in black. This makes looking up words quick. It is easy to distinguish between the word you are looking for and the concordance information.
After the concordance are eight pages of color maps printed on slightly heavier and more glossy paper.
It is the same as the, “Presentation” and, “Occasions to Remember pages.” Measuring in at 6.75”x4.5”x .75” this handy little Bible is very portable and can fit in a lunchbox or purse easily, leaving plenty of room for other items. It can be had for $22.50. Considering its size, low price, and brilliant design, I predict that this will be number one in my top ten compact Bibles of 2015 Comparison. (If I do one… would you all like a top ten?) That being said, GO BUY ONE NOW! Visit my flickr page to see all of the super cool pictures of this Bible 🙂
8 thoughts on “The Holman NKJV Compact Ultrathin Bible in Brown Genuine Cowhide is a Winner! It is one of the Best Small Bibles I’ve Seen.”
I have the big brother to this bible.
The Holman Giant Print NKJV Reference Edition.
It looks the same.
Mine has about a 10 point font and is indexed.
Being a ‘baby boomer’ I can’ tread the small text anymore.
It has the same supple brown cover.
This is my backpack bible when I go to the coffee shop to read.
Holman has an excellent selection of NKJV Bibles to offer.
Thomas Nelson has created a great translation with NKJV Bible.
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They are both very popular Bibles for Holman. I am glad to see they are using sewn bindings and good cover material along with the typeset.
Even the paper does not bleed through very much.
Only wish they could leave more room for a few notes.
I would like to see a big bible like 8 1/2 x 11 inch or bigger.
That way, there would be more room for note taking.
Bigger Bibles are few and far between.
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Thank you for the review Bob just went ahead and pulled the trigger on 1.
Hi Bob. Thanks for the review. Does this Bible lay flat?
It doesn’t lay flat when only a small number of pages are turned in from the front or back. Also, I don’t think this specific Bible is available any longer. I see it is still available in other covers, but not this genuine cowhide.
Thanks. I spotted this edition in my local Christian Bookshop. It didn’t lay flat when I looked at it but I wondered if it might after time. I think I’ll get it anyway as it is really nice.