The cover feels expensive, but is a reasonable price including a name inscription on the cover. The suppleness of the leather makes it so much more pleasant than the hard cover to carry and to use. We passed along our hardcover to a young person who had outgrown their "teen" Bible. The page edges are in silver, which is less common than the gold. We like that, too. The ribbon is a rich brown. The Bible has a solid weight to it, but because the font is slightly smaller than in our standard Bible, but not as small as the "thin" Bible we have for travel; and it does not take up as much bulk as the standard size Bible. This is the same Bible we gave each of our six adult children; liked it so much, ordered this one for us. LOTS of information in the NIV Life Application Study Bible. Personal information on key characters. Helps on timelines. Maps. Red Letter ... all favorite features we like to see in our main Bible.
I absolutely LOVE the NIV Life Application Study Bible, Personal Size, Italian Duo-Tone, Orchid/Chocolate 1984 ! I am so happy with this choice in a study bible . The print is a bit smaller than I like but with the bookmark magnifier it is easy enough to read. I would recommend this bible to anyone wanting a good study bible.
My husband and I bought these Bibles for all the ladies in the Sunday School Class that we lead for Christmas. They are very nice looking Bibles, make great gifts, and the overall quality for the price seem to be very good. The Life Application Study Bible is my very favorite, I love the study notes, and the suggestions for applying it to your personal life. I love the look of the Bible, it is a very nice lady looking Bible.
The silver page edging started falling off shortly after my son began using this Bible. CB.com has been great and is sending another in hopes that this was just a defect and not standard for this Bible. It really is a very nice looking Bible; we hope that the replacement doesn't have the same problem. I'm only not recommending because I don't know if our problem is a defect issue, or standard for this model.