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Today I am reviewing the newest printing of the NASB Large Print Ultrathin (LPUT). Lockman has once again changed the some of the settings of this very popular edition. Back in the early 2000’s this edition was printed in the United States on high quality very opaque paper and the calfskin was thick and beautiful.

Then they moved the printing and binding to China. The paper was still very good quality but the binding and cover were not great. Often times they would come unglued and fall apart.

In this latest edition Lockman has gone to very thin paper and changed the cover to a thinner “calfskin”.

The size is much more a “thinline” or “Ultrathin” than ever before. Before it was almost funny that they called it an ultrathin but now that name suits it well. But the cover leaves much to be desired and so does the paper. If you love the type setting as much as I do, try and find yourself one printed in the United States of America (almost impossible to find) or a early China print that still had the quality paper. Here are some pictures of the newest edition:

Here is a view from the side. Raised Bands on the spine.

Here is a view from the side. Raised Bands on the spine.

From the bottom. Two Black Ribbon Markers.

From the bottom. Two Black Ribbon Markers.

Here it is open to Genesis 1. Amazing flexibility out of the box. You can also see how limp (and thin) the cover is.

Here it is open to Genesis 1. Amazing flexibility out of the box. You can also see how limp (and thin) the cover is.

Here it is open to Revelation 22. Again, it is very flexible and opens completely flat with no problem at all.

Here it is open to Revelation 22. Again, it is very flexible and opens completely flat with no problem at all.

Here is the front cover. There is a decent grain and nice outline.

Here is the front cover. There is a decent grain and nice outline.

Here is the back cover. I don't understand the need to stamp the back cover.

Here is the back cover. I don’t understand the need to stamp the back cover.

Here it is open flat. I think this is the best format in all of the Bible world and I love the large type. But the paper is not what it used to be and you can see the text on the other side.

Here it is open flat. I think this is the best format in all of the Bible world and I love the large type. But the paper is not what it used to be and you can see the text on the other side.

Psalm 19

Psalm 19

John 15. You can almost read the text on the other side. Bummer.

John 15. You can almost read the text on the other side. Bummer.

Binding. The binding feels stronger than in the past and they have made some changes since so many cover fell off of the previous edition.

Binding. The binding feels stronger than in the past and they have made some changes since so many cover fell off of the previous edition.

Smyth Sewn and End sheets. There are a few white pages for notes and here you can see the threads which hold the text block together.

Smyth Sewn and End sheets. There are a few white pages for notes and here you can see the threads which hold the text block together.

 

Conclusion

This is my favorite typeset and is often my favorite translation, but this edition makes me wish that they would bring back one of the previous editions. The paper in this edition is such a disappointment, especially if you have seen previous versions. Also the cover is not truly leather lined anymore, instead it is a very realistic synthetic version.

The good things about this edition are these: this edition is actually more of a classic thin line and is very easy and portable, they have improved the durability in this edition, it opens amazingly flat to any place (really it is impressive), and it is an NASB (bias).

Depending on where you place your priorities this edition could be ideal for you, but if paper quality is a major factor for you than this edition will probably disappoint.

grace and peace

– Craig

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