NEW YORK, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Everybody knows somebody whose vision isn't perfect. In fact, 9.7 million Americans, over the age of 15, have difficulty reading newspaper text, even when wearing glasses or contacts. TIME Large Edition is a service to help people who are visually impaired and people on the go stay informed. The Large Edition is published on the same weekly schedule as the regular edition and maintains 80 to 85% of the regular editorial content. Changes include matte finished paper and larger photos and graphics. The edition features 16-point type (as opposed to the 9-point type used by most newspapers). Designed using guidelines recommended by Lighthouse International, the folio-sized edition targets the increasing number of aging Americans and other readers who prefer larger type. TIME's Special Projects Editor, Barrett Seaman notes that "...vision impairment affects a wide range of readers, young and old, who still need to keep up on the news. Our aim is to keep them current." TIME Large Edition is available by subscription only for $79.97 and may be ordered by calling 800-552-3773. TIME Large Edition joins a growing family of TIME publications, including: TIME, founded by Briton Haddon and Henry Luce in 1923, which now reaches 30 million readers worldwide through a U.S. edition (4 million circulation) and five international editions; TIME for Kids, launched in 1996, has 2.6 million student subscribers, and TIME Digital, published since 1995 reaches 900,000 TIME subscribers.