I was really excited to get this bible for my husband because I have The Open Bible Expanded Version (Study Bible) and absolutely love it! The print was clear, dark and a highly readable font, the verses set off to the left with a new verse beginning a new sentence etc. So imagine my surprise when we got the bible and the print was incredibly small and very very light (It is about 2 points smaller than my bible and significantly lighter ink). When we sat the bible on our laps (as we would in church) it was so light, it was not readable. Not sure if this was a defect or not, but in any case, it was simply too light to read easily , even in good light and close up. In addition, the verses were mixed in the paragraph, not set off at the left edge of the column and marking a new paragraph/sentence. This made finding a verse extremely difficult, especially finding one quickly as occurs during church service. Of course the contents were excellent for studying and learning the bible and I appreciated the updated information. The thumb index was improved from my version, also. We returned it for a refund. I see other reviews on here about the smaller print also. Sometimes, you just need to stick with what works. I don't think it is as good a version as my Open Bible expanded version from the late 80s early 90s. And for those skeptics that think we are old and it is our eyesight, not the case! :)
This Bible is fantastic and has so much information for study I have not found in any other Bible. I had one from the 70's in the KJV, but the NKJV is easier for me to understand. I would definitely recommend it for a study bible. Also remember that it went out of print and they had to many requests that it is back in print. Just wish the print was larger. Great Bible!
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.