As promised, I have contacted the good people at Cambridge about pages that have a tendency to curl and about the initial run of text blocks that were discontinued in the UK. I have received a helpful and detailed response, and here is the short version:
1) Will Cambridge replace my Bible with a new one if I don’t like the way the pages curl? The short answer: No. Although the tendency of pages to curl at the edges has been commented upon frequently enough by owners of the ESV Clarion to warrant some attention of both Cambridge and their printer, it is not a defect for several reasons (it does not impair reading, thin Bible paper is susceptible to such things normally, there was no failure in the printing process that produced it, it is thought to diminish with use, etc.). Therefore, It is *not* true that Cambridge counts this as a defect and will replace every copy with another Bible from a second run upon request. Moreover, not all Bibles were affected; in fact, I get the impression that customer feedback seems to indicate that most Bibles were not affected.
2) So, what’s the deal with the first print-run of Bibles in the UK? The answer to this question was a bit more complex. Evidently, Cambridge was informed about the 2011 ESV text revisions late in the typesetting process when page numbers were already fixed and this resulted in some last minute scrambling resulting in a typographical error and having some effect on line matching. There was no “recall,” but the distribution was stopped once the typo was discovered–within days. Very, very few of these Bibles made it into circulation anyway, and those were only sold in the UK, not via Baker in the US. The typo was corrected–which accounted for the delay in distribution that some people have described as a “recall”–and no ESV Clarion Bibles purchased today through Cambridge in the UK or Baker in the USA will have the typo.
3) So, how’s the line matching on the ESV Clarion? Line-matching refers to the way that some Bibles are printed so that the lines on each page match up with the lines on the back of the page to cut down on bleed through and enhance clarity. Potential ESV Cambridge Clarion customers commenting in several forums say that they want to know how well this has been executed in the ESV Clarion. For my part, I’ve not found the line matching to be problematic on my ESV Clarion, which I have used quite a bit (although I’ll return to this question in a future post reviewing the new NKJV Clarion). Nevertheless, Cambridge has been ever vigilant in looking for ways to make a good thing better. So, for the second printing, the inter-line spacing has been adjusted and therefore the line matching will be improved. I’m not sure when that second printing will be.
Also, the gentleman I corresponded with asked that I summarize our correspondence in my own words, rather than simply directly quoting him at length; it is best if Cambridge reps can avoid getting directly entangled in the quagmire of trying to explain complex and sometimes confusing publishing issues via the blogosphere. This makes sense to me, and I totally understand where he is coming from. So, dear internet interlocutors, it would probably be best if you do not directly cut-and-paste lengthy e-mails from publishers in general, and certainly from Cambridge in specific, unless you have explicit permission from a representative to do so.
I am very grateful to the Cambridge representative who took the time to respond to these questions. I hope that this has been helpful for those of you who are wondering.
On the agenda:
I have recently received a review copy of the black calf-split NKJV Clarion Reference Bible from the good people at Baker. I am really excited to tell you what I think about this Bible, so I plan to post a review in the next week or so. Also, Some aeons ago, I set out to write a two part review of the personal size KJV New Cambridge Paragraph Bible bound by Lego in Black Calfskin. So far, I have only published the first part of that two part review. I plan to finish the second part of the review soon.