I wanted my parents to have the 1984 version of the NIV, so I was happy to find it. The pages are very easy for them to turn due to the "thicker" feel of the pages. The "ragged" edges of the pages also give it a better grip when turning to a specific passage. I would recommend people buy this Bible while they are still available.
I ordered this Bible to replace another Zondervan cross reference Bible that has come apart from the cover and is well worn. The older one has been my "go to" Bible for study because of the references and exhaustive concordance for a Bible of this size. I had to "give" up some of the newer features ... softer cover, lays flat when open ... but I'm thankful I finally found the features that I have grown accustomed to.