NKJV Giant Print Thinline Bible

The Thomas Nelson NKJV Giant Print Thinline has a 12-point font, creating an NKJV that’s excellent for reading and preaching without being a large Bible. It’s available in imitation leather in black or brown. Both colors are available with or without thumb-index. I’m reviewing all four options. They’re made in China.

Thomas Nelson provided these Bibles in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions are my own.


This book is available at (includes some affiliate links)



and many local Bible bookstores


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  1. Video Review
  2. Cover and Binding
  3. Paper
  4. Typography
  5. Reading Plan
  6. Maps
  7. Conclusion

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Cover and Binding

The covers are imitation leather with paper paste-down liners. They’re Smyth sewn and stay completely open on any page. I’d love to see all Bibles stay open as these do. They’re thin, so they don’t feel too large. The large footprint makes them noticeably floppier than most Bibles. Each has two satin ribbons. The overall size is 7 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 1″ and they weigh 2 lbs, 4.7 oz.


The black imitation leather has a grain that looks like goatskin. It has perimeter-stitching and a debossed pattern around the front and back. The front has HOLY BIBLE printed in gold. The spine includes 3 sections with a gold patter, 4 spine hub indications in gold, and the text and logo in gold. It has one black ribbon and one red ribbon.


The brown has a smoother texture with a good amount of color variation. It also has perimeter stitching and the debossed design on the front and back. On the front is HOLY BIBLE printed in gold. The spine has 5 dark brown patches with gold lines creating 4 spine hub indications. The text and logo are also printed in gold. It has one red ribbon and one dark brown ribbon.

Thumb Index

Both colors are available with thumb-index. The tabs include 4 books each. This makes it difficult to find some of the books. They’re shiny black with gold printing.

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The paper seems to be somewhere in the mid 30’s in gsm. It’s white in color and it’s highly opaque. The show-through is only noticeable in poetic settings. It has a slightly rough texture that makes it easy to separate and turn the pages. There is no glare under direct light.

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The text is presented in a double-column paragraph format with poetry set to stanzas and letters indented. Section headings are bold in all-caps. The header includes the book, chapter, and verse in the outer margin, and the page number in the center. The chapter numbers are drop-caps.

The typeface is 12-point Comfort Print designed specifically for the NKJV by 2K/Denmark. It’s red-letter. The black letter is dark and the red letter is medium/dark. Both are highly consistent throughout. It’s printed with line-matching, meaning the text is printed in the same location on both sides of the page to reduce show-through.

It has around 8 words per line and has a good amount of space between the lines, making it comfortable to read. The text never looks cramped. The wide inner margin brings the text out of the gutter. The translation footnotes are placed in the footer in a single column. There is extra space between the verses so they’re easy to find. I find it easy to read and preach from.

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Reading Plan

In the back is a 365-day reading plan. Each month shows the date and a morning and evening reading. The morning reading is from the New Testament and the evening reading is from the Old Testament. It starts with Matthew and Genesis and takes you through the Bible once per year.

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It includes 8 glossy pages with 7 full-color Thomas Nelson maps. They’re printed in bright colors and are colorful. They include topography, distance, routes, borders, possible locations of lost places, battles, elevation, cities, and locations for the events of Jesus’ ministry. It doesn’t have an index, but the maps are annotated well, making them easy to use.

Maps include:

  1. World of the Patriarchs
  2. Exodus and Conquest of Canaan
  3. Land of the Twelve Tribes
  4. Kingdom of David and Solomon
  5. Jesus’ Ministry
  6. Paul’s Missionary Journeys
  7. Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

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The Thomas Nelson NKJV Giant Print Thinline Bible is an excellent Bible for reading and preaching. The materials are high quality for the price. The paper is opaque and the and print highly readable. Out of the box the cover stays open to any page without trying to close. It doesn’t feel too large. If you’re interested in a giant print text-only NKJV that’s great for reading, the NKJV Giant Print Thinline from Thomas Nelson is a great choice.

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This book is available at (includes some affiliate links)



and many local Bible bookstores



Thomas Nelson provided this Bible in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one. All opinions are my own.

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.


  1. montag

    Nice review, Randy. This thin line would be even better if it was verse-by-verse.

  2. Jim Hilbrant

    Hi Randy,I want to ask you for your opinion about the New NKJV Cambridge TOPAZ that hopefully will be released this fall,will it have all the translation notes that Nelson has on most of their bibles? I like this on the Nelson bibles…thanks Randy,I so enjoy your Bible reviews…Blessings on you and your family. Jim Hilbrant. Pastorjim@Elsinorechristiancenter.org

    • Randy A Brown

      Hi Jim. Thanks! I’m sure it will include the full set of translation notes. The Pitt Minion and Clarion have them and I don’t think they would change from that.

  3. James Hilbrant

    Thanks Randy.

  4. Ardis

    I love this NKJV Bible with the12 point Comfort Print and red letter text. It’s easy to hold and easy to read and find verse numbers. Strikes the right balance. I wish Thomas Nelson would offer a Premier Edition of this configuration – NKJV 12 point red letter.

  5. Norm

    Thanks for this review, Randy. I’m a 75 year-old, with an NKJV preference, and my normal font is 13.5 Comfort Print. I bought this 12-point Bible in black and absolutely love it. The lack of usually-ignored references makes finding and reading the footnotes much easier. The font with the ample white space is just fine for my older eyes. I wish Nelson would do a Premier edition of this Bible in the same 12-point typeface. My dream Bible is a giant print, text only, 12/13 black-letter, black goatskin, mid-30’s gsm paper. I’ll never find it because 11 point seems to be the ceiling for goatskin. Thanks again.


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