The format for Nook is easy to navigate with large icons. I also use Adobe Digital Editions for Mac. I especially like the DRM free as I feel it is more open to use on different devices or share with my wife.
As far as being familiar, I feel the same way, perhaps. that most people feel when reading a book whose contributors consist of his previous professors, their voices reading their own notes. As far as the material, I just appreciate the conservative theology as well as the wide historical scope used in the study notes. Many references to the original languages as well as some insight into the authors' intent and context is useful and helpful.
I bought this as a gift for my mother because I bought her an HCSB bible a couple years ago and she has found the reading style of the HCSB to be very easy to read and understand. She is reading from HCSB but referring to notes in another translation Study Bible so I figured this would make things easier for her.
The HCSB translation is probably the easiest reading Bible translation I have ever used, it reads better than the NIV and I believe the translation is superior as well on a number of key scriptures. I like that (at least in this Bible, and the HCSB Bible I have) the translators added alternate readings and the literal translations for phrases where they translated the thought, to me that shows integrity in translation. All said, I enjoy the HCSB for quickly reading through a passage or chapter to get the overall context and message however when it comes to deeper studying of the text I always default to KJV, ESV, and NASB translations.
From the time I looked at this study Bible, I am impressed with the number of maps and diagrams in the text, but probably most impressed with the word studies which can be found on nearly every page that take a Hebrew or Greek word used in a passage and provide additional insight and clarity to promote a deeper understanding of God's word. The printing and binding is beautiful, and while the Bible is large, it is not ridiculously cumbersome (think ESV Study Bible). It's very probable that one of these will find its way onto my Bible shelf this year.
I love that the HCSB uses YAHWEH for LORD, which most all other translations avoid, like the NASB openly states it does not feel people relate to the LORD by using YAHWEH in the opening pages. I honestly believe people love the use of YAHWEH rather than LORD. This translation is fresh and used words that open our mind like in Genesis 1:8 the word "sky" is used. I find the HCSB refreshing and easy to read.
The paper quality is not up to better Bible standards. Pages, especially the introduction of the books of the Bible stick together, and it takes a good deal of effort to avoid tarring them. The Color a light brown seems to be inconsistent and I found an ink blot about 1/4 of a inch on one page, in 1 Corinthians 3.
I bought two HCSB Bibles, one for me and my wife. What was odd, is one was made in the USA and one in China. After carefully comparing the two, the one from the USA was easier to separate the pages that were stuck together, but both were the same in quality and print.
On a sad note the Concordance with 41 pages is one of the poorest , and useless I have seen, except in the very thin line Bibles. Why does such an excellent Study Bible and have such a poor basic Concordance. That's very disappointing in comparison with such a scholarly study Bible.
I have been totally devoted to the New American Standard translation of the Bible for many years. In all honesty the HOLMAN CHRISTANDARD BIBLE is now the Bible I prefer over the NASB. The Southern Baptist found the top Bible translators, one's who believe is the BIBLE is very Word of GOD. without errors, and alive and able to reach the very deepest part of our inner being. Salvation is found in the WORDS we call SCRIPTURE.
I could go on and on, but to say the HCSB speaks to me in a new and fresh understanding is exciting and challenges me to grow and Love The Father, His SON, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit every day in every way.
Excellent study Bible. There are a lot of photos and drawings and articles. This is a wonderful study Bible. The pages seemed to stick at first but other than that this is one of the best study bibles that I have seen.