Once you open it up, it is a fairly readable text with the exception of its color. The text in this edition is a dark shade of blue. This might not be an issue for many, but for me the contrast between the white pages and the blue text seemed a little hard to read.
As for the actual devotional parts of this Bible, they seemed to be lacking as well. It is not a typical “study” Bible with information on every page. This was fine and I really liked that aspect, but the devotional thoughts did not live up to a college level. First, their placement was not very helpful. It is not a major issue but it would be nice to have the devotional thought on the same page as the reading in the text it deals with. In some cases they are separated by a page or two. This is an easy fix in layout design and makes it a little more difficult to focus on the text and the devotional reading given.
I also felt like the devotional thoughts overall were not on a level that would be suitable for college aged people. Most of them were more on the level of high school or even some middle school. They are basically a story that can slightly be related to a verse or section of scripture with a few questions at the end. For a Bible aimed at a college age group, it would be nice to see something that got a little deeper into the text and that would challenge them more.
If you are looking for a Bible for yourself or your college aged child, I would not recommend this one.
I received this copy of the NIV College Devotional Bible for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for this review