I was disappointed with the "bonded leather" cover as it felt stiff and not at all like leather. It was the lowest quality bonded leather I have ever seen in a Bible. The notes on the inside make up for the poor cover. If I was purchasing this again I would just buy the hardcover or even go with imitation leather for softness. I did send it away to have it bound in genuine cowhide.....that is how much I liked the contents. The 3 stars are for the cover/binding and NOT the notes.
I have other Study Bibles that are other translations. I wanted a good NKJV Bible with helps. I am very pleased with this Bible. There are thorough descriptions of each book. And in addition to explanatory notes, this Bible contains teaching that shows how to apply the scriptures to our personal lives. Many other helps are included that are too numerous to mention!
I have a number of Bibles and I read and study a lot. I always go back to this Bible because it offers so many study helps and information necessary in understanding what you are reading. Strong's concordance definition of words give you new insight in the meaning of the Scripture along with explanations of what you are reading. It has an extensive concordance. Whenever I can't find a word in another Bible concordance I can always go back to this one and find what I'm looking for. This is an awesome Bible and honestly I probably don't need any other one except this one and my Amplified. If I could change anything, I would like larger print. Other than that, it stands alone in my opinion.