Monday, November 19, 2007

Bibles: Imitation leather binding

From Mark Bertrand at Bible Design & Binding, an appreciation of a new, comparatively inexpensive, far superior, imitation leather binding used for Bibles:
Here's the deal with the new imitation leathers - the stuff the publishers call TruTone, TuTone, NuTone and what have you. They overturn the traditional thinking. Used to be, imitation leathers were at the bottom of the value pyramid, followed in ascending order by bonded leather, genuine leather, various varieties of calfskin, and goatskin. These days, an imitation leather cover is more flexible out of the box than pretty much all the bonded and genuine leather options available. That means the most affordable cover is also the the most practical, especially at a time when the quality of affordable leather seems to be on a downward spiral. As a result of all this, I'm fond of saying that the best values in the Bible market are at the extremes: at the low end and the high end, you get your money's worth - in the middle there are no guarantees. ....
I have a couple of ESVs bound with this binding, and [for whatever my judgment in these matters is worth] I agree that it is leather like in feel and very flexible. I like it.

Bible Design and Binding: The Sincerest Form of Flattery: The New Imitation Leather

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