The ESV Student Study Bible is exceptional in every way. Let's start with the translation, which is the most important part of any bible. The ESV is an essentially literal translation; it is reliable and it is the most readable of the literal translations. The bible has a sewn binding, which means it will last for a long time. The black to white (and color) contrast on the pages is very good. This bible has very reliable study notes, short "Did You Know" articles, character profiles and more in-depth articles on salvation, the church, the reliability of scripture, Christian doctrine, Christian ethics , etc. It aslo has a very helpful glossary of biblical terms and a thorough concordance. The layout and use of colors makes the pages aesthetically pleasing. The size of the ESV Student Study Bible is more compact than many study bibles, yet readability is not sacrificed. In my opinion, this is one of the finest study bibles available at any price.