Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stylish Books?

A few weeks ago I got a package in the mail from Zondervan, the faith-based publishing company. I've grown up in a Christian upbringing and my faith is a big part of my life, so I was interested in seeing what what they had to share with me. Don't worry, I'm not about to go all religious on you guys, but I'd just like to point out that they've taken book design to a whole new level. 

They didn't make Bibles like this when I was a kid. Granted, there's a whole lot that we have these days that didn't exist when I was a kid...

These are the samples from this season that they sent me: 

And then there's my personal one--I bought this one last year before coming to college. It's designed as a clutch...with actual space inside for credit cards. 

My mind was blown when I found it at Barnes and Noble last year. I just find it so interesting how the publishing industry is catering to the modern day needs of style and functionality. I think these are snazzy looking, who knew Bibles could be so classy looking?

Also, with the technology of Kindles and Nooks these days, I'm curious, do you guys prefer books or tablet readers? I have to say that I have a soft spot for having the physical book to flip through. It's hard for me to wrap my head around the ownership of a book when it's in the form of a file on a memory drive.

I'm also partial to really old books. I intend to go thrifting for old books one day, just because I love how much character they have. But I digress, I'm getting off topic.

Anyway, if you're interested in looking at some of Zondervan's publications and their other designs, visit their site! And I'd love to hear your thoughts on books and how the publishing world is evolving, I find it to be a rather interesting topic!


  1. I love to carry bibles that are unique and not the traditional black or solid color. It is really hard to find pretty KJV bibles and was surprised to find a beautiful lavender one at Family Christian Book Store.

    Thanks for sharing these...they are perfect! I can't wait to go look to see what they have!


  2. My Bible has a fun pink and cream cover. Of course, it's a little beat up now. I've also decorated it with stickers from meaningful events/places, ect. And I'm with you, I love physical books. I forget to read books when they're on the Kindle. I need to have a real copy, with pages. :)


  3. An e-reader is difficult to navigate when you need to flip back and forth from one book to another for bible study. My bible has a lifetime of notes written in the margins which are both outside references and reminders to pray for specific people and situations. That said, the iPad apps available are phenomenal. You can select different versions to put on the screen side by side to compare text, and they navigate just as easily as flipping through a book.

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  5. Those are really cool. I think an e-books are a great idea and I tend to only read on my ipad these days. The dictionery and Google/wiki search function alone completely transforms reading for me. No longer do I have to guess what words mean or where places are or look like. I can search every word I come across right inside the Kindle app.

    I image the search function would be useful for a bible. You could search keywords quickly and highlight passages and make notes without damaging a printed copy.