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I am primarily interested in the US but in additional figure regarding the entire world would be wonderful. It would be interesting to find out even how many Bibles are in stock at libraries, warehouses, bookstores, being produced annually, etc.

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. statisticbrain.com/bibles-printed –  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
So what is the point you're trying to make, that we should export English Bibles to people who don't read English? –  david brainerd Mar 26 '14 at 2:30
@davidbrainerd, I doubt that was the point. (But then, I doubt you think that was the point either.) –  Paul Draper Jun 22 '14 at 15:06
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

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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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