I've used an Open Bible since the 1970's when I received one as a gift. I've worn out 3 of them to date and given them as gifts to many friends & family members since. They all comment on how they love the Cyclopedic Index and how it helps to understand what they are reading. The study notes mingled throughout are almost as good as a well-spoken sermon. I've found myself lost within these pages for hours at a time!
I applaud Nelson for bringing back the Open Bible. I have always liked the Biblical Cyclopedic Index. It is the first Bible I bought when I was saved back in the early eighties and therefor have become very attached to it. When I saw that it was in print again I mentioned it to my wife and I think she was as quick as I to buy it. That said I cannot express with words how disappointed I was when I received it. Yes it has all the features I fell in love with so many years ago, but when I pulled it out of the box the sight and feel of the cover just threw cold water all over my excitement. Apparently "Bonded Leather" isn't what it use to be. It feels as cheap as any cover I have ever felt. The front cover wont lay down like all other Bible covers I have, it stays rounded up and open. I know I have been spoiled with some Calf skin Bibles but surely they could have put a little nicer cover on it. I would have been more than willing to spend a little extra money fore it. Okay, a lot of extra.