Not that long ago, the vast majority of Bibles had more or less the same layout: Two columns of text with each verse beginning on a new line. These days, paragraph format is the norm for most Bibles, and single column Bibles are becoming more and more common. So, here’s what I’m curious about: Which do you prefer, a Bible with a single column text setting, or the traditional double column format?
I won’t give my exhaustive answer here, but I’ll give a short answer to get the ball rolling: In theory, I’ve preferred the single column layout ever since I purchased the New Geneva Study Bible about a decade ago. In practice, however, a) there are some functional advantages to the double column layout, and b) given the unique design problems involved in cramming all of the Bible into a single book, the single column format faces some tricky hurdles, leading to certain problems in the execution that are very hard (if not impossible) to avoid. Put more simply: I prefer the single column, but I still appreciate the double column format.
So, what do you think? I’m curious to see the various opinions of my fellow Bibliophiles on this subject!
Side note–I still have several Bible reviews and notes on back-log. In the coming week, I’m hoping to reduce that back-log by publishing my review of the Artscroll Stone Edition Tanach in a few days, with a few brief thoughts on the genuine leather HCSB Minister’s Bible a few days after that.