I gave up on writing notes in my Bibles because they would fall apart in just a few years. This loose leaf version was a perfect remedy. I have plenty of room to write notes and insert my own pages and I don't have to worry about it falling apart! I have been able to study so much more deeply. It is a 5-ring binder so I have to punch two extra holes in my paper, but it's worth it. I did buy hole reinforcements. The only problem is that the holes in the Bible are punched at 3/8", which is larger than typical. So I ended up buying a 3/8" hole punch from a scrapbook online store. Another thing that's so great about this Bible is that I put in a binder pouch that holds all my pencils, hole punch, reinforcements and other study items. I do wish the binder itself had pockets. The Bible is large so I'm not carrying it to church and back, but it's great for in-depth study at home.
Very Big, heavy, paper poor. To fix this I used "workable fix-a-tive" art spray on the paper to make the paper, generally more sturdy. Double spray each side, letting it dry between each spraying, dries is seconds. Then get hole reinforcements, the plastic type which are lighter and thinner than the paper type. The next day, apply the holes. Expect to double the weight of the Bible!!! Workable fixative is a clear polymer latex which soaks into the fibers of the paper(and anything written on it[making it permanent]). I do this on USGS maps. Then get 2 or 3 3-ring binders, initially. I used the expensive metal hinged binders that I got at a business stationary supply store. You can also get reinforced hole 20# filler paper there in college or narrow rule(hard to find). All this done you won't need another for many many years!!! The NIV study Bible was the first and still the best.
My Bible arrived damaged, I called Christian Book.com and they sent me a replacement Bible. The Bible exceeded my expectations, after reading some of the other reviews. The paper is just fine I (so far) have not ripped either page out. It is LARGE,but, that was what I ordered. I am VERY satisfied. I thank Christian Book.com for their WONDERFUL SERVICE.