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How many Bibles are in existence, at libraries, warehouses, bookstores, etc.? Also, how many are being produced annually? I am primarily interested in the United States, but a worldwide figure would also be appreciated.

In many nations Bibles are hard to come by, because owning even a single page is cause for imprisonment and torture.

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Websites like this one say over 6 billion, but I don't know how reliable it is. – curiousdannii Mar 25 '14 at 8:08
Welcome to C.SE. Sounds like a fair question. But it sounds more like you are making a point. If you have a chance take some time to go over the Help Page for this site. – WelcomeNewUsers Mar 25 '14 at 11:19
Interesting question. Have you also considered the Bible on people's mobile devices? I have one on mine, plus a few printed copies – staples Aug 25 '14 at 14:21
You might find this question interesting and the research related: Is the IKEA catalogue being distributed in more prints than the Bible? – Caleb Aug 4 '15 at 9:48

The latest from Barna Research says there are 4.7 Bibles per household. An interesting New Yorker article (about how publishers love printing new editions of the Bible) touches on the difficulty of estimating such figures, but gives the printed-per-year number as about 25 million. I'm sure that difficulty would be greatly compounded for international figures given the variety of versions, languages, illegal copies, etc. At any rate, I couldn't find any reliable sources with worldwide figures, but the websites that I have found with figures seem to put it in the .5 to 1 Bible per person ballpark.

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