The translators came from several denominations, including Baptist, Brethren, Church of Christ, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, Christian Reformed, and others. Effective steps were taken to safeguard against sectarianism.
The mechanical features of the New International Version are effective. The type is clear and easy to read. The text is arranged in paragraphs, with verse numbers printed in inconspicuous type. Poetic passages are printed in poetic rather than in prose form. The NIV provides sectional headings printed in italics, with a preface disclaimer cautioning that they are not to be considered a part of the text.
The NIV includes footnotes of various types, providing cross references, alternative translations, or explanatory notes.
The New International Version is accurate and clear. It rivals, if not surpasses the KJV in its use among Christians in the English-speaking world. The NIV is my favorite Bible for general reading.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. -- Genesis 1:1
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. -- Genesis 1:2
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -- John 3:16