Often, it is the case that when your English Bible becomes good and broken in, right when you begin to feel comfortable with it, you find that it is also time to replace or rebind it. Many of us want a Bible that will last for years, one to write in, underline in, one that you grow to love and know like the back of your hand. For those who study NTG, this is no different. One of the very things which is often greatly desired by us is a durable, long-lasting, genuine leather-bound Greek New Testament; something that will endure the test of time and not have to be rebound or replaced every few years. This has for some time been nothing more than a far-fetched dream, but now, it is available!
I learned recently that Crossway is publishing two UBS Greek Reader NTs. One will be in Genuine Leather Burgundy, the other in Black Calfskin.
You can find them here: Black Cowhide & Genuine Leather Burgundy.
Since being released at the end of November 2011, these genuine leather GNTs have not lived up to expectations:
Pros: The thicker paper in these editions means there is less bleed through, something which is common in Crossway Bibles. The binding is solid and should last a long time.
Cons: The paper is very thick, making these GNTs 1/3 inch thicker than the original hardcover version. They are also a bit heavier due to the increased paper thickness.
Conclusion: I have not and do not plan to purchase either of these, but will stick with the hardcover edition.
You can find reviews of these leather editions here at amazon.