The fourth edition of Catan and its related expansion was originally published with tiles of a particular thickness. When they decided to publish the Explorers & Pirates Expansion, they felt they needed thicker tiles due to the constant tile flipping. So they started printing the base game and all the expansions (with the exception of C&K) with thicker tiles to match in 2012. -- My source is a phone call with the publisher. I have two copies, one of each thickness.
While I'm aware of the 2012 reprint, I'm not aware of this 2008 reprint. Presumably it has the thinner tiles. I do not know how it otherwise differs from the 2007 version.