It's great that the binding makes it lay flat, but I do agree with some of the other reviewers and how the binding doesn't seem as strong. I've only just started using it, so I'll see in time if the pages fall out after some wear and tear.
I'm really disappointed by this journal. It really lays flat, the hard cover is very nice but I've been using it for only one day (to journal my goals) and pages are already falling out. The side isn't glued well to the pages and, as they are not sewed but glued, they fall. I also bought the other journal and I hope I will not have this problem.