As I went to bed last night, I told my wife, “This is really a beautiful Bible.” I have to tell you that the .pdf releases do not do justice to the beauty of the ESV Study Bible. The splashes of color are well used so that you desire to read more. If you are a fan of the ESV translation, then you really should pick up the ESV Study Bible. But even if you are not a fan of the ESV, the study Bible notes, introductions, and articles are so helpful and so interesting that you will be happy to use it as a reference work.
I have a question for those of you who have the ESVSB or know anything about binding or publishing. My copy seems to have been bound too tight. The pages ripple (or dimple, I don’t know the official language of this phenomenon) in toward the spine and there is no way to get the ripples/dimples out. Is this common with Smyth sewn Bibles? Will the binding loosen up and the ripples will fall out? I don’t think I have ever owned a Smyth sewn Bible so I don’t know.
Even with this problem (which is likely isolated to my copy), it is a beautiful Bible and is worthy of any person’s hard earned money. It is a “must buy.”