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1979 Book of Common Prayer, Reader's Edition Hardcover – March 26, 2008
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This handsome edition of the Book of Common Prayer features a large, easy-to-read typeface which is perfect for use in public worship settings or for people with vision difficulties. This new edition includes the Revised Common Lectionary.
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Cover: is exactly the same, except that because of the proportions of this edition, the cross appears to cover more of the front cover and is more centered (as opposed to the pew edition where it is higher on the cover). The spine has the titel, and then "Oxford" at the base, instead of the TEC shield. It is made of the same cloth covered boards, except that the weave of the fabric is more pronounced and less slick than the pew edition. Think typical fabric covered hardback.
Size: the dimensions are given in the description. Looking at the front, it is "bigger" in that it ~3/4" taller than the pew edition, and ~1/2" wider (meaning from the spine side of the cover to right hand side of the cover where you would open the book). But it is only about 2/3's the depth (thickness), because:
Paper: the pew editions use fairly heavy, opaque, cream or white paper, but the Reader's Edition uses "Bible paper" or "onion skin," the thin, crinkly, translucent stuff that you find in Bibles. It appears fairly high quality, in that it is bright white (but not as white as the pew edition), but it is still somewhat translucent and so there is bleed through so that you can see the text on the other side of the leaf, and even the text on the next leaf. This is a bit distracting and may negate the benefit of the slightly larger typeface. It does, however, make the book noticeably thinner and lighter. The paper also wrinkles more easily than the pew edition (but less easily than "normal" Bible paper)
Typeface: on the last printed page, there is a note that the book is printed in Korea. The typeface (I'm no typographer) appears similar to the pew edition, but it is supposedly a bit larger (according Episcopalbookstore.com it is in 12pt type). In a side by side comparison, you can see that the copy typeface is a bit larger, but it isn't noticeably clearer than the pew edition because 1. the aforementioned bleed through; 2. proportionally, there is a bit less white space on any given page (gutters, blank space between last line of copy and the footer, margins); 3. the numbers in lists (for example, the numbers of the verses of the Psalter) are larger, so the line looks a bit more crowded. The title numbers of the Psalms are in a heavier, but smaller typeface than the pew edition (so they're smaller but darker, making them harder to read), and the italicized latin titles for the Psalms as well as the footers are smaller, and there is less space between characters and words than in the pew edition.
Contents: of course it contains the standard stuff, paged to the Standard Book. It has the Revised Common Lectionary (like the pew edition), but it also includes the 1979 Episcopal Lectionary starting at page 1002 (which is not in the pew edition), however this is not noted in the Table of Contents.
Bookmarks: there are two brown/gold ribbon bookmarks of mediocre quality glued into the spine, but mine are at an odd angle.
Overall, I think it is a reasonable investment because the book is lighter and thinner, and a larger size in the hand (closer to a "normal" book, so it is easier to handle, in my opinion), but I think there is little improved clarity despite the larger typeface because of the layout and design.
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