I purchased an imperfect bible so I knew it was going to be "slightly used". The website said it was misprinted. However, when I received the bible I realized that the bible had been used and the previous owner got some of the pages wet. This should have been flagged on the website, unless it just slipped through the cracks which is possible. Putting all this aside, I am discouraged by the quality of this product.
The inductive study approach is designed for people who are going to use their bibles. The poor construction of this bible will not facilitate the use; It will simple fall apart under duress. The paper is so thin that bleed through is inevitable. The pages are glued rather than sown into the binding which not stand up to the stress of continued use. The genuine leather is cheap, more like bonded leather. It is unfortunate because the layout is great. I will be returning this bible. They never should have changed the old format... cheaper materials equal cheaper quality.
I was simply looking for a good Bible in the ESV translation with a good print (I have some eye/vision problems, so I need my Bibles to be at least 8.5-9 pt font). I was pleasantly suprised with the ESV New Inductive Study Bible! First of all, it arrived in perfect condition, and quickly. I did order with one day shipping, however, it ship rather quickly. The print is plenty big enough for me to read with ease, and it also has a verse by verse format, so that each verse number is on the far left side, and not in the middle of a paragraph. That feature definitely makes it much easier to identify verses when studying the Scriptures. I did find the few study helps beneficial, though there were not very many. There are honestly only two things that keep me from making this my primary reading and studying Bible. First, the words of Christ are NOT in red, which I do typically prefer. Second, there are no sibject headings. That's not so much a problem while reading/studying, but in church service and/or Bible Studies, when looking up various Scriptures, it can be frustrating unless you're particularly familiar with the passage to know exactly what's going on. I did find the inductive method quite difficult to learn without spending tons of time on learning the process. It does appear to have a glued binding (in the hardback edition, at least). All in all, I did find it to be a good, solid product.
The new batch of NISB's both in the ESV and NASB translations, are not the same quality as the previous prints (done only in the NASB translation): the paper is thinner, leaving more bleed through and making it harder to mark and erase on the page (the whole purpose of this Study Bible), and the margins near the gutter are smaller. Also, the burgundy leather is a much brighter tone than previously, mine is pinkish, which is just not acceptable to me, so I do not use it (got a leatherette grey one instead). If you do not care too much about translation, get an NASB in the previous edition (still available in some websites).