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Bible Design Blog Represents Almost Obsessive Bible Insights

I like books.  You like books.  I am at my most passionate selling a Bible to someone, especially when it’s their first.    But after 35 years in the business, there’s still a thing or two about Bibles I don’t know, and I don’t breathe the business the way J. Mark Bertrand does.

Mark has been blogging on the subject of Bibles for many years at the Bible Design Blog and there’s nothing about them that he doesn’t know.  In fact, fifteen years ago, he began the process of trying to design a Bible that would contain a number of desired features.   In the process he developed an appreciation for the complexities and challenges of this unique form of printing and binding.  In September of 2007, he started the blog.

If his name seems familiar to you, he’s the coauthor of Beguiled, a fiction book written with Deanne Gist.  He has his own series of mysteries coming next spring with Bethany House which you can read more about here and this year started a blog about the crime fiction genre in general.

In the Bible Design & Binding blog, Mark doesn’t pretend to engage the theological debates that typify most Bible critiques, but he’s an expert on editions, binding types, features, type sizes, availability, margins, fonts, types of leather, gilding, edging, etc.  He is prolific as a writer, and also supplies many photographs as well.   While this may be a case of “too much information” for some of us, my guess is that each of us has a handful of customers who share Mark’s passion and would find his blog to be most helpful and informative.

In that respect, the blog is both consumer- and trade-friendly.   You can share the site information with customers with confidence, although, as you might expect he does have some links to A*az*n and more surprisingly lots of links to e-bay (presumably for out-of-print editions, about which he writes frequently.)

In addition to the first link here, you might also want to go directly to his FAQ page, to learn more about the man and his obsession — I don’t think he’d mind the word — with all things Bible.


  1. February 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Obsessive, me? No, I don’t mind the term at all. The funny thing is, after writing about the subject for the past few years and getting to know so many enthusiasts, I’m beginning to think I’m not obsessive enough! Thanks for the mention, Paul!

  2. Brett
    February 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Many of us are thankful for Mark’s obsession. That is, until our wallets get light, then we might have a moment in which we curse him. But in our spiritual moments, we are thankful. His obsession is our obsession.

    • paulthinkingoutloud
      February 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      That’s usually the place where people pull out the line, “Well, I don’t drink or smoke.” (In reference to the cost, I mean…)

  1. March 3, 2010 at 5:58 am

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