I have an older genuine leather NIV version that has a much prettier leather than either the bonded or genuine leather versions the sell now. The new leather was disappointing, but what's inside the cover is awesome.
The Bible notes providing historical background information and insight into traditions and word meanings add greatly to the productivity of my Bible study. I find myself completely absorbed and growing not only in knowledge, but also in wisdom as God blesses me through this resource. All this along with the word studies have made this Bible an excellent reference. The durable hard cover is also nice.