After having had a newer version of the NIV Bible (Study) for many years and reading others with gender neutral and other "modern language correction", I began to lose the critical language context and so I wanted to purchase a traditional, older version, and was told about the 1984. I also wanted another color, and finally found this one. This is an attractive study bible, and I am very satisfied with it, a CB good product and choice for me, especially at CB's price! It is true that the binding is soft and thin (as is fine leather), as are the pages, which are many. However, it has many updated notes and study notes (of recent scholarship, archeological finds). Considering its size of depth. weight, it is not a book meant for consistent traveling or over-handling (more for permanent place, so better to get an in-between thinner version) so need to handle with consistent tender care. As for print size, of which product description makes clear, over-the-counter reading glasses should suffice.
I love this version and bought this Bible to replace another Zondervan NIV study Bible that I've had for 20+ years that was falling apart. I don't have any trouble reading the text as some other reviewers have commented. The cover is beautiful and has a very nice soft feel to it, but it is poorly constructed and the leather began to come off in less than a month. Now after only owning the Bible for about a year and a half, the binding is disintegrating. The glue has detached from the pages and it appears that it won't be long before I begin to lose entire sections. I am using this Bible mostly for carrying to church twice a week and am not rough on it at all.
I'm sure the Bible is a fine Bible. It was a little smaller than expected. I returned it for a regular size NIV study Bible. I am enjoying it and had no problem at all exchanging it. Doesn't quite the case that was recommended. But isn't too bad. Thank you.
I bought this Bible so that I could have the older version of the NIV (as I'm memorizing the entire book of Romans). It has a rather soft feel to it and is quite thick. Definitely great for desk-top studying and it hardly takes up much surface space. I wouldn't recommend for traveling as it has a delicate feel to the pages. Overall I love this Bible and I wish to cherish it for a long time.
I like this bible very much! The fact that it is so compact, yet legible works great for me--- I can make quick refererences during small group Bible study, and do in-depth studies at my desk. I feel it's a great value for the cost too. Thanks for publishing the NIV study Bible in this compact form!