This review is for the genuine leather binding (not the more expensive premium leather).
This Bible is a strong (not soft) genuine leather with a smyth sewn binding that is sturdy yet lays flat when open. The paper and print quality are excellent. The pages have minimal bleed through and no fading of the text. The words of Christ are printed in red.
Based on other Bibles in this price range, including Tyndale's NLT Life Application Study Bible, this is of far superior quality.
I was very pleased with my purchase. It was on sale and that is what prompted me to buy this particular Bible, the Bonded Leather, Distressed Black. I'm very happy with the Life Application notes and in depth information included right along with the text.
However, I decided that this volume with the distressed leather in black looked like it should belong to a man. I have since bought the one in Burgundy Leather for myself. This one will make a perfect Christmas gift for my son.