Local Church Bible Publishers Note Takers Bible, KJV

UPDATE: This is the original Note Taker’s Bible. It has now been replaced with a new edition that has larger and bolder print. For the review of the new Note Taker’s click here: http://biblebuyingguide.com/lcbp-note-takers-bible-review/

 

I’ve longed been an admirer of wide-margin Bibles. I consider the wide margin Bible to be the best choice as a Study Bible, because it gives the reader the opportunity to interact with the scriptures, creating their own Study Bible. For a Bible with a single column on the inside, a very wide margin (2.5 inches) on the outside of the page, a soft leather cover, in King James, a 11 point font, and a price too good to be true, I recommend the Note Taker’s Bible from Local Church Bible Publishers.

 

The Note Taker’s Bible is available in three styles: the Basic Series, the Designer Series, and the Executive Series. The Executive Series comes in single piece black leather, three piece black, dual-tone with tan spine and black cover, and red. The Bible I am reviewing is the Executive Series single-piece black calfskin leather.

Look and feel

The cover of this Bible looks and feels expensive. It is genuine calfskin leather and is flexible and smooth. It’s easily one of the nicest covers I’ve ever felt on a Bible. This cover is ironed calfskin, which is smooth but still has a leather texture.  It is a sewn binding that lays nice and flat.

Wide margin

There is plenty of room for writing on every page due to the nice layout. It has a single column of text that is on the inside margin. The outside margin, a full 2.5 inches, is clear for writing. This is the only King James Bible I could find with this layout. Now that I have it I’m spoiled.

Size

It is 9.75 x 6.5 x 1.5.

Text

The text is an 11 point font, which is much larger than most wide margin Bibles, and it is very readable. It’s not too light, but slightly bolder would be an improvement. It does not have red-letter, which I prefer in a wide margin Bible due to my color-coding habits. It is only available in King James. I really like that each book starts on a new page- a feature that I believe all wide margin Bibles should have. This gives you the end of most books for notes.


Paper

It is not the thin India paper found in most reference Bibles, but not quite as thick as some of the Cambridges that I’ve seen. The paper is good for writing using Micron pens and good quality pencils. It is made for writing in. Bleed-through is very faint. I’ve seen much worse bleed-though with far more expensive Bibles. Its edges are nicely gilded. I was hoping for writing paper in the back (like Cambridge). The only paper for writing includes five thick pages in the front and six thin and four thick pages in the back. 50+ pages to write on would have been sweet.

Concordance

It comes with a 196 page concordance. It’s a good concordance for topical Bible study. It’s best to have a Strong’s or Cruden’s on hand anyway.

References

This Bible does not include references or footnotes of any kind. We have to add our own (this gives me the opportunity to make my own chain reference). My only concern is that I will be using up some of the margin, but that’s OK.

Maps

There are 8 maps. They seem to be various shades of blue and green- not quite full color, but they do the job.

Ribbons

It has two ribbons, which I think should be standard in all Study Bibles. They’re black and .25 inches wide.

Summary

The Note Taker’s Bible feels like quality. The cover feels smooth, the paper feels thick enough to write on, the stitching is excellent, and the price is ridiculously low for this elegant Bible. At $57.00, it easily compares to Bibles in the $150+ price range. The value of this Bible cannot be matched anywhere. The quality will leave a fine legacy for many generations. The Note Taker’s Bible is definitely the Bible of choice for serious students of God’s Word that does not want their Study Bible filled with someone else’s notes. This is a worker’s Bible. It is excellent for teaching and preaching because there’s plenty of room for notes. If I could change one thing I would add ruled-paper in the back. References and a better concordance would be nice. Buy this Bible and write your own notes- you’ll be glad you did. As for me, I will be using this Bible for a long time. And hopefully, I can fill its pages with a legacy to leave my children.

About The Author

Randy A Brown

WordPress writer by day, Bible reviewer by night, pastor all the time. And there's also that author thing.

23 Comments

  1. Carl Jones

    Thanks for your comments, it seems some of your ideas have been followed up (11 point text)
    I have been using a loose leaf “wide margin” Bible for a few years (rebound once)but the extra pages are slightly too large (about 1/16″) but this makes it look awful when moved to the main body of text, so the extra pages have been limited to front and back. The “wide margin” is less than an inch wide which means at times only one or two words can be written per line, unless I write sideways, so a 2 1/2″ margin would be a huge improvement.
    I have been looking at a Bible which has two columns of text on one side then a blank page on the other but this means using some sort of method to pin point notes to verses which would not be required with the format of a true wide margin Bible, so I think I will go for LCBP Note Takers Bible.
    Again, I thank you for your comprehensive review.

    Carl, just journeying through.

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  2. Dawson

    Dose anyone know where I could find the same type or very similar in NKJV or some other translation. Or some custimise your own bible type thing at a publisher maybe. I have dyslexia and it is very hard to read this bible. I love the lay out it. Is just me.

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    • Randy

      Hi Dawson. The closest Bible to this layout would be the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible or the Single Column Legacy. The Journaling Bible has smaller text and the Legacy has smaller margins. I don’t know of a Bible that has a large print and 2.5 margin. If I ever find one I’ll be sure to review it.

  3. John

    Where can this bible be purchased from?

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  4. Esosa Imade

    hi, where can I buy one of these in the uk?

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    • Randy Brown

      Hi Esosa. LCBP ships to the UK. As for where you can get it in the UK, I don’t know. If I can find anything I’ll let you know.

      Randy

  5. Elite

    Hi, I’m just wondering if the Notetaker’s Bible is portable and if you can use it for “Street Preaching?”

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  6. Elite

    Hi, I’m just wondering if the Notetaker’s Bible is portable and if you can use it for “Street Preaching?” And would you recommend using Crayola colored pencils for highlighting some verses? Thanks for listening.

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    • Randy Brown

      Hi. The Note-Taker’s is a large Bible. It might be difficult to use for street preaching. I used Crayola for years before I went to PrismaColor. Crayola pencils are good for highlighting. I don’t recommend pressing down too hard because it might leave marks in the paper. Start coloring lightly and go from there.

  7. Cheryl-Lee Raine

    I have always wanted to own a LCBP Note Takers Bible but was wondering if they had any as a reference edition too? I love wide margin Bibles but only if they have both a concordance and cross-references.

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  8. David Lamb

    I’d love to purchase the Note Takers Bible KJV, but am struggling to find the site that will allow me to do so.

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  9. Jennifer

    Hello! I very much like the layout of this Bible. In fact, I am currently searching for a Bible as a gift for a friend in this exact layout; however, I need this Bible in the NIV version. I’ve searched countless online resources and have even spoken to Biblica and Zondervan in the hopes that they may be of some assistance. Sadly, I’ve had no luck as of yet. Could you recommend a version like the one I’m describing?
    Thanks!

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    • Randy Brown

      Hi Jennifer. The closest to it that I’m aware of is the Zondervan Note-Taker’s: http://biblebuyingguide.com/niv-note-takers-bible-review/

      It’s a double-column format instead of single-column. I’ll keep my eyes open. If I see anything I’ll let you know.

  10. TotallyGodsChild

    This is exactly what I am looking for! Where can I buy one and how much do they run???

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    • Randy Brown

      Hi. They currently run from $50 for Basic cowhide, $60 for Executive calf skin, and $62 for Signature cow hide. I just got the Signature and my uncle got the Basic. My original was Executive. I like all three equally. The Signature has red/gold for the page edges.

      You can get them here: http://localchurchbiblepublishers.com/bibles/?filter_other=57

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