The current printing masters of the 1979 edition of the King James Version of the Bible and the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price have deteriorated because of age and long use. The quality of the typeface is no longer as clear and sharp as it should be. Therefore, in the process of preparing new printing masters, the Church has taken the opportunity to make adjustments.
The spelling of some words has been corrected to reflect the spellings in more recent editions of the King James Version of the Bible since the printing of the 1979 edition, such as asswaged to assuaged (Gen. 8:1; Job 16:5, 6) and stedfast(-ly, -ness) to steadfast(-ly, -ness).
Adjustments have been made to resolve minor typographical errors in spelling, wording, and punctuation, restoring earlier readings of the text and maintaining the fidelity and integrity of the scriptures.
More than 99 percent of the adjustments are in the study aids. Errors in cross-references, date information, or misquoted text have been resolved in the footnotes, Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary, and triple combination index. Historical or factual information has been corrected and updated. Some entries have been updated such as under “Ahab,” item 1, the last sentence “the united forces were defeated by Shalmaneser II” was changed to “the united forces were defeated by Shalmaneser III,” the correct historical figure.
A number of adjustments have been made to the layout. The quality of the font and typeface has been improved for clearer reading, title pages were standardized, appendix items were reformatted, the Bible Chronology and Harmony of the Gospels have been given their own sections, and the maps and photos have been improved. See more detailed information on specific sections below.