The Bible is still considered one of the most powerful books ever written. There are plenty of people who want to browse through the Bible after a hard day’s work or during their leisure. However, one of the usual problems that people encounter is the small size of the Bible, which makes it almost impossible to read for visually impaired individuals, and difficult to read even for people with twenty – twenty vision. Here’s how you can choose a large print bible.
- Choose a translation or version. Begin by choosing a bible in the translation or version that you need. Keep in mind that various types of denominations have their own approved version of the bible. The Roman Catholic Church, for instance, recommends the use of bibles that have the imprimatur of selected church officials to certify that the version of the bible is correct and considered reliable. Also keep in mind that the bible has thousands of translations and hundreds of variations – choose one which will work for your purposes or your denomination.
- Choose a type size. The second most important factor when choosing your large print bible is the type size. The average type size in the documents that you read and print in your computer is 12. However, the standard size for bible typefaces is only 6. This means that for most bible makers, a bible that has a font size of 12 is already considered above average. However, if you are visually impaired, you should select not only what is large according to bible standards, but what is comfortable for you’re as well. Visually impaired people can often comfortably read bibles that come in sizes of 16 or even 18.
- Select a comfortable paper and book size. Next, consider the type of paper that the bible uses. Usually, bibles make use of very thin paper, which will reduce the size of the bible and make it more portable and accessible. Thinner paper, however, can be very fragile and usually much more difficult to flip through. It is best that you also select thicker paper and larger book sizes for the bible so that you will not have to flip through the pages every few lines.
- Choose sturdy binding. The average bible will span many hundreds and even thousands of pages. Because you are choosing a bible whose fonts are enlarged and whose paper is much thicker, you can expect the bible to be much large as well. To ensure that your bible will last a long time, make sure that the binding for the bible is sewn, not only glued. Most books today have spines that are glued which are much cheaper. This, however, makes the bible much more prone to pages that fall off.
Finally, look at the other parts of the bible. Usually, bibles will come with an index, a glossary, and helpful maps that you can use to visualize the various historical events that take place in the bible. As much as possible, make sure that these supplementary parts of the bible are in large print as well.