I had this bible for about twenty years before my "new" dog ate it 1.5 years ago, yes it was destroyed. I was traumatized! But I loved this bible so much that I purchased a second one about 4 years after I purchased the first one in case it went out of print (which it did). It has great study helps in it and not just one mans opinions on a topic. I can't speak on the new ones but I can say as far as the content between the cover and back it is a great study bible. Mine is genuine leather, two ribbons, Smyth-sewn and durable...just not as much as a Labs teeth : (
The Open Bible is a great study Bible because of all the helps that have been included. The hard cover is really nice and put together well. I prefer it over the bonded. It would have been nice if Thomas Nelson published this Bible with a good quality genuine leather cover.
I have used the Nelson "Open Bible" for over 25 years! I feel it is the BEST study Bible ever printed as it is a reference Bible, not a commentary study Bible. It was out of print for a long time and SO glad Nelson brought it back! I highly recommend it as a personal Bible or a "first" Bible for new believers! Makes a GREAT gift!
The Open Bible is a New King James Version Bible. There are many little extra features, that I loved! Beginning with the large index to find the topic that you wish to read, to several colorful maps, to the Visual Survey of the Bible that appears between the Old and New Testament. The maps sure me understand the geography of the times. The Visual Survey gives a visual overview of the Bible, its writers, and key figures.
For me, the best part of Bible are the introduction pages of each chapter. The Open Bible begins each chapter with a few pages designed to give you an overview of the chapter, such as who wrote the chapter, what the date rage of the chapter is, key verses, as well as an actual outline of each chapter, broken down. This is such a helpful tool in really understanding each chapter, because it gives you some context as to what was going on at the time, who was writing it, and what themes are in the chapter.
My only "beef" with this Bible is the small print. It's a pretty large size already, so I understand why the font had to be on the smaller size, but it does make reading not quite as enjoyable as it could be.
I just got a new NKJV Open Bible. First, I do want to say I understand that paper laws have changed Bible paper; I think it is a sad situation. Over time people have been requesting darker ink but then there is the complaint of bleed through. Personally, I would rather have the dark saturated ink and I don't care about the see through. But others really don't like it at all. Thirty plus years ago, paper was great and even felt great to the touch on some Bibles. Even more, some were so light in weight. When I think about all of the restrictions now, I have to say, I like this Bible. I particularly love the way they are making the bonded leather covers like this. It is a step up from the stuff that was coming forth even just a few years ago. At that time the corners were just clipped and slapped down and left raw corners around the edges. I thought that looked and felt bad and looked rather cheap. I can even smell this leather on this bonded! Also, I thought I read somewhere online that a buyer stated that the ribbon was red on the NKJV, but mine is not. It is just black. I think a red or green ribbon or purple even would definitely be an upgrade. But perhaps the black just caters to the mass appeal...not sure. I think also the font saturation is all right. I wish it was darker, but it is not bad. I think it is an upgrade compared to stuff just a few years ago...pages faded compared to other pages. This Bible seems to have a good bit of consistency in ink usage. I think that makes it very nice.
But regarding my desire to have the NKJV. I had bought this when the NKJV Open Bible first came out, and gave it away to a missionary. So now I wanted one that had the old stuff in it again (per the current redo), after I realized one of the selling points (to me) about this Bible, is the alternate renderings right behind each verse. Even more, I am not sure exactly where they got these alternate renderings from, but I like for instance, Gen 1:30 (alternate rendering "living soul"). This actually is a KJV original marginal rendering for sure, but ironically it is not in the KJV Open Bible redo. Grin. I think I am very happy with these type of features. Plus, it has the NU alternate renderings at the bottom of each page for the NKJV which is a standard feature on the NKJV. This makes the NKJV like getting two Bibles in a sense.
One feature I do not like about the Nelson Bibles is that many of them are glued Bibles. I know a little bit about that. But I am hoping that glued Bibles one day will be a thing of the past. I just don't like that feature.
On the plus side, I don't know of too many NKJV Bibles that have all the extras so conveniently, so it still makes it a worthy purchase. I also love the chain of doctrines that have one following the "go to this page" and read this. I think they are great (at least what I had read in other editions of older ones)...I am assuming that that has not changed...I hope not. Oh, and I still like the font itself. I like that type of book font that is used. Somehow my eyes love it.