Pros: The Amplified Bible includes cross references and bracketed word meanings.
Cons: It can be difficult to read, not for public reading.
I purchased the Amplified Bible (Zondervan) at a Christian book store. It cost around $20.00 for a hardcover edition.
I wanted this version of the Bible to help me in my study of the Bible. It includes scriptural cross references, and expanded meanings of words or phrases in brackets in the body of the work. I was really excited upon bringing this book home.
As I read and studied, I noticed that the paper pages were very thin. As with most Bibles, there must be thin pages or the book would weigh too much or be impossible to publish in one volume. I tend to highlight in my Bibles, and I had to switch from liquid highlighter pens to colored pencils to prevent bleed through on these pages. My old RSV Bible did not have this problem.
Later on, maybe within the first year of use, I noticed the cover began to lose its protective plastic coating. I wondered if others had this problem with the book. Yes, other Amplified Bibles have lost their protective coating.
This year, The front cover came off. It had been opened and closed numerous times over the past 5 years. So it is to be expected that there would be some general wear and tear on this book, but I was not expecting the entire front cardboard cover to simply detach from the main book. Upon inspection, I noticed that there was nothing but paper, plastic and glue between the front, spine and back of the book.
While I do recommend this version for study. I do not recommend making such a flimsy book. My RSV Bible has served me for 20+ years. I got it as a gift when graduating high school. But the Amplified Bible has not had the durability and quality of binding that I would expect for a book of this type.