TNIV notetakers edition

Zondervan is scheduled to release the TNIV in a notetakers edition next month. The TNIV text will appear on the left page while a blank page for notetaking will appear on the right page.

HT: Jasmine, commenting at The Lamp

UPDATE (April 10): Rick has a followup post in which he describes the physical qualities of the NoteWorthy Bible editions from Zondervan.

8 thoughts on “TNIV notetakers edition

  1. Wayne Leman says:

    Might be a little more difficult for left-handed writers to take notes.

    Rich, just flip the book upside down. Lefties are often quite ambidextrous. I assume since they are so good with dexterity, that they can also read upside-down quite well.


  2. Theophrastus says:

    Here are my comments on the NIV Noteworthy Bible

    (a) Don’t use this edition for taking notes. The bleed-through on the paper is so bad I can see down three pages. Since this is not a true interleaved edition (with a double-sided blank page of paper between each double-sided printed page of paper) your ink marks will mar right through the other side.

    (b) Tiny font (I didn’t take out my micrometer, but I’m guessing smaller than 6 point). I’m slightly nearsighted and I have trouble reading this.

    (c) Relatively generous inter-line spacing. Double column. Square size.

    (d) Binding claims to be bonded leather but feels like slightly stiff paperback to me. No one would confuse this with a moleskin notebook.

    (e) The elastic on the the outside binding makes it look like this binding is designed to fail! It also give the bible a slight fetishistic look — maybe it is designed for folks who like to wear latex and elastic.

    (f) The internal paper pocket on mine is already failing and I haven’t put anything in it.

    (g) The left top margin has the page number, an ugly 4-fold diamond mark, the book, name and chapter/verse, but the right top margin only says “notes”, the diamond mark, and the page number, making it somewhat more difficult to find sections than one might desire. On the other hand, bleed-through on the Bible is so bad that one can simply read the mirror-image of text on the next page.

    (h) No bonuses (no maps, no concordance, no cross-references, no book introductions) except for a half-page table of weights and measures.

    All-in-all, I can see no use for this volume except as a fashion accessory among the Goth set.

  3. Theophrastus says:

    The font size of the Little Oxford Bible is just five point, but the font size of the Noteworthy NIV appears to be slightly smaller than that. Thanks to my near-sightedness, I can read the Little Oxford Bible without magnifying glass, but I can’t say the same Noteworthy NIV.

  4. Fr. Joe Butler says:

    I just came across the NoteWorthy Edition this past weekend. I really like it. I am a Moleskin guy and take my Moleskin will me all the time. So, this works great.

    The font is a little small but not too bad. I have not had a problem with bleed through. I use a ball point pen when making note. Zondervan suggest that you use a pencil or a ball point pen.

    There is lots of room for my notes. I love to have notes in the text while I am preaching and teaching in case I want to refer to it. I can have that now.

    If you are looking for a “classical study Bible” this is not it. But if you are looking for a Bible that you can write your note in and have for teaching and preaching then this is it.

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