reviewed the hardcover edition of the HarperOne New American Bible: Revised Edition. Needless to say, I was impressed with what HarperOne was able to do with the NABRE. I still contend that the hardcover HarperOne NABRE is the best edition of the NABRE on the market today. Last week, however, I received the imitation leather edition and found myself to be quite disappointed. While the content and the page layout is the exact same as the hardcover edition, I was hoping that the binding would be sewn and the cover would be sturdy. Unfortunately, the imitation leather edition is neither of those two things. Upon examining this edition, I instantly felt like I had seen something like this before. Alas, I remembered where! If any of you own the black imitation leather NRSV Catholic Gift Bible, also by HarperOne, than you know what I am talking about. While the size and translation of the editions are different, the binding and cover are identical. In addition, both do not come with a ribbon marker! The HarperOne NABRE binding is clearly glued and the imitation leather cover doesn't maintain its shape. I would have much preferred something closer to what is found on the bonded leather, yet sewn NRSV Go-Anywhere editions from HarperOne.
So, all I can recommend, at this point, is to purchase the hardcover edition, which is sewn, and find yourself a leather Bible cover. Or perhaps have it rebound in premium leather.