Every year for almost three centuries, printed Moravian Daily Texts books have been a staple of Moravians’ daily prayers. For 2013, the North American Daily Texts will be entering a whole new realm when they are made available for the first time as a digital book for the Kindle.
“We are hard at work on the printed editions, which we will continue to offer,” says Mike Riess, executive director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, the agency charged with producing the North American versions of the Daily Texts. “We do know, however, that many people have grown accustomed to the convenience of carrying an e-reader like the Kindle. We are working to make it possible to expand the printed version into the digital realm.
“This is one more opportunity to keep the Daily Texts relevant and accessible to our readers,” continues Mike. “I currently keep my printed copy on my desk and carry my Kindle with the test version we have been developing since November. I find both useful at different times.”
Keeping the tradition alive
Each year, a dozen writers from across the North American Moravian Church select appropriate, inspiring hymns to complement the Old and New Testament verses chosen for each day. They also write insightful, heartfelt prayers to help bring each day’s Daily Texts to life.
The writers for this year have now completed their work for the 2013 edition. Contributors from all provinces and districts, both with clergy and laypersons, provided their voices to the book. This year several members of the IBOC staff contributed their hymn selections and prayers to this year’s edition.
Since mid-February, Communications Assistant Siobhan Young has been hard at work compiling all of these contributions into the North American editions of the Daily Texts. Proofreading, ensuring proper hymn meter and line length, checking copyrights and putting it all into the proper format have taken the bulk of Siobhan’s time during the past several months.
It’s now on to our designer, who will turn those words into the books that Moravians all over the world cherish on a daily basis. The full color cover format for all editions introduced with the 2012 editions will continue for 2013. This year’s cover features an abstract red and white image taken from the cross in the center of the lamb’s flag in our Moravian seal.
Preparing for digital
Once the print version is complete, the IBOC will then proceed to build the digital version. The digital version will include the full texts, hymns and prayers, just like in the printed version.
In its standard size, a page on the Kindle version will appear almost identical to a page in the printed version. With the Kindle version, however, it will be possible to increase the type size to make it easier to read for those with vision problems or when reading from it during a worship or presentation. The 2013 Kindle version will be available for purchase by November.
To help in the final development of the digital version of the Daily Texts for 2013, the IBOC has prepared a Kindle version of the 2012 edition. It is now available on Amazon.com for $2.99 (search “Moravian Daily Texts 2012” in the Amazon search box.) Those interested in trying the Kindle version are encouraged to send their comments and suggestions to the IBOC for further refinement.
When the digital 2013 Daily Texts goes on sale in November, it will be priced at $8.50, $2.00 less than the printed paperback edition.
All printed versions of the Daily Texts will, as always, be available from the Interprovincial Board of Communication. As in previous years, the IBOC will be offering pre-order discounts for the Daily Texts of 15% off each edition’s list price through August 7, 2012. Pre-order information will be sent to congregations and current IBOC customers in early June.
If you still have not yet received your 2012 Daily Texts or would like to share with friends, they are available for a limited time at a 50% discount.
Daily Texts can be ordered online at www.moravian.org; a new online store is planned to launch in early summer to make it even easier to order the Daily Texts online.
And don’t forget, you can sign up at www.moravian.org to receive the Daily Texts every morning by e-mail. The new Moravian Church website will also feature the Daily Texts every day on the front page of the site.