The digital version is out now, with printed editions being ready later this year.
The changes in the new edition are nothing compared to the 1981 edition but more minor tweaks.
The 2013 edition includes revisions to study aids, new photos, updated maps, and adjustments to chapter and section headings. . .
Eight years ago Church leaders requested that an updated edition of the English scriptures be produced. The intent was to make helpful adjustments such as updating some archaic spellings, correcting mistakes in the study helps, and incorporating recent historic findings into the section headings of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Still interesting and exciting. Even more, our current editions will still work (!) and will be “compatible” with the newer printed editions.
The Church plans to release printed copies of the new edition beginning in August 2013. Because the new edition maintains the pagination and font style of the earlier edition, most members will notice little if any difference. For example, all the verses found on page 47 of the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon will be found on page 47 of the new edition. This consistency allows members to continue using the 1981 edition.
I am kicking myself for not blogging on this earlier as I was getting suspicious with the store.lds.org supply of scriptures being quite limited recently and then I saw the following at my local Distribution Center.
I didn’t want to be a rumor monger as the sign only mentions new styles of scriptures were coming later this year. But between the revised introduction to the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith Papers project, it seemed a new edition was coming sooner rather than later.