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A Day in the Life of R.L. Allan

July 15th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I don't know how the original R.L. Allan spent his day, actually - but I like to imagine him starting out with a nice hot bowl of porridge, catching the tram across Glasgow to his city centre office and then spending his day giving orders to his staff from behind a massive oak desk, perhaps with R.L. Allan Junior (the 'Son' of our company name) sitting across from him. What I do know is that life in the modern-day office of R.L. Allan & Son Publishers is nothing like that! After a mad scramble to get children safely despatched school-ward in various

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Taking a Liberty

June 11th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Please note - this Bible is now sold out. The latest Allan Limited Edition King James Version Longprimer takes its inspiration from two sources. Prosaically, the decision to look for a grey highland goatskin hide to use for this Bible was inspired by the success of the Smoke Grey Diamond Jubilee edition KJV 53 Longprimer published a couple of years ago, to celebrate the 60th year since Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. That accounts for the grey, but when we came to look for a suitable companion to it in the form of a lining material, we wanted to find something

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Greenery and tannery

March 6th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image We are seeing a lot of interest in our first foray into the colour green, in the form of the Allan New Living Translation Green Highland Goatskin Bible - and thought you might like to hear a little more about the origins of this particular leather. A little like the wonderful antique dark brown we used for last year's 150th Anniversary Commemorative Editions, or the rich blue shade currently making its appearance on the ESV New Classic Readers in Marine Blue, this wonderful dark green leather wended its way to our usual binders via a convoluted route… In this particular case, the

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‘Battle of Britain’ Marine Blue?

February 19th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image A number of people have asked about the exact details of the leather used to produce the ESV New Classic Readers in the Marine Blue shade. Although it is not dissimilar in appearance to the highland goatskin that is perhaps our signature style, and is certainly at least as high quality a leather - if not better - its finish is a little glossier and, most importantly, we cannot guarantee whether the goats that have donated their hides for these Bibles did come from the Nigerian highlands (which is what the 'highland' moniker technically indicates). This leather does have its own

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Serendipity

February 9th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image The thing about hand-crafting Bibles is that you always seem to end up with more of one element than you expect, and while this can be disappointing, if you don't get the finished quantity you wanted of a particular colourway or binding style, there are other times when it all comes good… Like when you turn up at the bindery, and they tell you they've discovered they had 60 or so cases left over for the blue version of the NASB single column that was so popular last time around, when you thought it was just going to be black or

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A day out at the bindery

February 8th, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Yesterday morning we headed around the M25 (London's orbital motorway) for a visit to our bindery, more or less on the opposite side of London. After a slightly more complicated journey than planned, since we ended up on a significant diversion to avoid a 10-mile tailback caused by flooding on the motorway, we arrived to beautiful sunshine. The main purpose of our visit was to catch up on the various projects coming up over the next year or so, and to discuss priorities for those - so stay tuned for updates! However, we did also get the chance to see the

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New Photos, New Classic Readers, New Photos

January 1st, 2014 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Happy New Year! We are delighted to have come through December successfully - and a big thank you to all those who have had to put up with delayed responses to emails, delayed delivery of parcels, delayed shipment of orders etc. while we got ourselves straight in our new premises and battled various technological challenges. There are a few 'News' to celebrate so let's just take the big two: 1. The ESV New Classic Readers Edition is now available in Black, Brown and Tan (caramel might be a better description - pictures available soon), and all our back orders have been sent out

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The ESV Study Bible is back in stock

December 6th, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Having sold all the copies we brought in initially before the move down from Glasgow to London, we have now received further stocks of the Allan ESV Study Bible - beautiful Highland Goatskin Bibles in the Personal size, in black or brown - at our new London premises. Dominique and I were lucky enough to see these in production at our London bindery when we visited back in October to take a look around. As you can see, they are beautiful looking Bibles. We hope you like them as much as we do! [gallery

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Getting going

December 3rd, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image It has been a busy, and - though I am not sure this is quite the right word - messy-feeling couple of days at the new premises of R.L. Allan. Our email account appears to have been hijacked somehow by spammers, and even the bounce backs from people whose email addresses have changed amount to 6000+ emails; the website was down for a while overnight/this morning (apologies to our US customers whose efforts to order were therefore frustrated); but we have processed at least some orders, and even sent out some Bibles... So, if you are waiting for an order, fear

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The Bibles have arrived…

November 29th, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image After a fair bit of toing and froing with Pickfords they did manage to get both lorries of Bibles - and other paraphernalia - safely to our new premises (even if the larger lorry did have to wait for 3 hours to get back out of our little road because of a car parked in a rather unhelpful place on the corner!)[gallery link="file"] Here are some pictures of the boxes, our little 'ribbon-cutting' ceremony with the children around, just before Nicholas and Stephen left to head back to Glasgow, having helped us get everything ready the past couple of days -

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