Last year in response to queries by a friend, I created a PDF of a wide-margin Book of Mormon, prepared from the Project Gutenberg public domain text, with the intention that people, particularly members of the Church, could print and bind this file as desired so that they could have a copy of the Book of Mormon text suitable for journaling and other such projects. I produced this in both A4 and A5 formats, and the files are available to download on the linked page.
At the time, I also used Lulu to produce my own printed copies, as seen below:
After due consideration, these printed copies are now publicly available from Lulu, and are sold at cost. I’m always anxious about such things (so I don’t make any money from The Book of Mormon and its relationship with the Bible either), but particularly for this project, I wanted it to be clear that this is on a completely non-commercial basis. The PDFs remain available and as public domain may be freely copied, shared, and printed without restriction, so if you want to create your own printed copies with snazzier covers you may of course do so. But if you simply want to get a printed copy without dealing with PDFs and printers, this is now the easiest option.
The A4 version is available here: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-book-of-mormon-for-journaling/23178941
The A5 version is available here: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/the-book-of-mormon-for-journaling-a5/23179482
The text is of course identical to the downloadable PDFs. It was prepared from the public domain Project Gutenberg text, which follows the 1981 LDS edition but without copyrighted materials such as chapter headings, footnotes and so on (book headings, where part of the original 1830 text – and presumably the plates – are of course included). As a disclaimer, this work is not officially endorsed or distributed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (though hopefully its not displeasing), and I of course am not laying any claim to ownership of the text.
So I produced a format of the Book of Mormon for journaling recently, with freely downloadable PDFs in A4 and A5 for anyone who wants to print it out and bind it. I was anxious to see what it looked like in the flesh, however, so I had a copy of each printed through Lulu (with a cover I swiftly put together). Although it took a little while to print, they arrived today:
You can see how the texts on the inside here. They’re coil-bound so that they can lie open flat:
Just the A4:
And then in comparison with the A5:
I felt that in the A5 printing the inside margin was just a little too close to the coil binding. So I’ve adjusted the A5 PDF (and my Lulu file) to move a couple of extra millimetres from the outside to the inside margin. That should be more pleasant on the eyes, and it otherwise appears exactly as shown here.
All in all, I’m quite pleased with the results, especially for a project that I did within 20 hours. Hopefully this format will be useful for those looking for a Book of Mormon for journaling or note-taking.
This was an unexpected project, prompted by a friend looking for an affordable version of the Book of Mormon for a study group that had extra wide margins for journaling, allowing someone to add personal reflections, drawings and whatnot in response to their reading. Deseret Publishing is apparently releasing a Journal Edition next month, at what looks like a very reasonable price, but it’s not out yet, and of course availability outside the United States may be somewhat limited.
So using the public domain Book of Mormon text from Project Gutenberg, I’ve prepared this PDF. The text follows the 1981 LDS edition, but does not include any of copyrighted elements, such as chapter descriptions, footnotes and so on. It’s formatted at A4 size, so anyone wanting a Book of Mormon text with extra wide margins can print this off at home, or have it printed and bound as they desire (spiral would probably be best). I’ve looked at other printing options, but would obviously want to make sure that such is on a non-commercial basis.
As a disclaimer, this PDF is not officially endorsed or distributed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nor do I lay any claim to ownership of the text. As public domain, this PDF may be freely copied, shared, and printed without restriction.
Book – The Book of Mormon for Journaling – A4
Edit: I’ve also managed to get it at A5 size too:
Book – The Book of Mormon for Journaling – A5