32 Bible Sales Statistics [2023]

32 Bible Sales Statistics [2023]

The Bible makes up a large portion of religious book sales and revenue. In order to better understand its place in the book market, we researched, analyzed, and collected 32 bible sales statistics covering everything from how many bibles are sold, how many bibles are printed, and more. 

Bibles printed each year

  • On average, there are 100 million bibles printed each year.
  • It’s projected that there are more than 6 billion Bibles currently in print – 140% more than the estimated 2.5 billion copies in print as of 1975

Bibles sold per year

  • The number of bibles sold on average has more than doubled in the US since 1950 with:
    • 20 million bibles sold each year
    • 1.66 million bibles sold each month
    • 384,615 bibles sold per week
    • 54,945 bibles sold every day
    • 2,289 bibles sold per hour
    • 38 bibles sold per minute
    • 6.4 bibles sold every 10 seconds
  • In addition to the bibles sold, another 115,055 bibles are given away or distributed every day
  • The US accounts for a quarter of newly printed bible sales every year

Bible sales revenue per year

  • Bible sales revenue per year is approximately $430 million as of 2020
  • In the world today, there are more than 80,000 different versions of the Bible that generate at least 1 sale annually.

Bible sales by publisher

  • Gideon’s sold and distributed approximately 100 bibles per minute, or 59.5 million, in 2016
  • The Good News version of the bible sold 18 million copies alone in 1995
  • The Bible publisher Thomas Nelson sold for $473 million in 2005
  • One Bible publisher, Zondervan, lists nearly 400 versions of the Bible as being in print and for sale

How many books are in the Bible

  • The are 66 books in the protestant Bible
  • These are split in a number of ways, but the major differentiation is between the old testament and the new testament.
  • The old testament deals with life before the birth of Jesus and prophecies of his coming.
  • The new testament deals with the birth, life, and death of Jesus
  • There are 39 books in the old testament
  • There are 27 books in the new testament — broken down into the letters of church leaders and the 4 gospels of Matthew, Make, Luke, and John.
  • There are 1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses in The Bible
  • In the Catholic Bible, there are 73 books — 46 in the old testament and 27 in the new testament

Books of the Protestant Bible (King James Bible)

Old Testament
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi
New Testament
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts
Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
Revelation

Books of the Catholic Bible (New Jerusalem Bible)

Old Testament
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Tobit
Judith
Esther
1 Maccabees
2 Maccabees
Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
Wisdom
Ecclesiasticus/Sirach
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Baruch
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
The New Testament
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts of the Apostles
Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
Revelation

Bible sales by version or translation

In the US, when Bible readers were surveyed as to which version or translation of the Bible they purchased and read, the data showed:

Bible VersionPercentage of Bible readers purchased
King James Version31%
New International Version13%
English Standard Version9%
New King James Version7%
Amplified7%
Christian Community4%
New American Standard3%
New Living Translation2%
Revised Standard2%
Contemporary English Version2%
New American Bible2%
All others9%
Not Sure8%

When was The Bible written?

  • The Bible was written over the course of more than 1,000 years — between 1200 BC and 100 AD.
  • The old testament is made up of the ancient Jewish sacred scriptures that were written between 1200 BC and 165 BC.
  • The new testament is thought to have been written between 50 AD and 100 AD

Who wrote The Bible?

  • There were thought to have been more than 40 authors of The Bible
  • It is known who 37 of the authors were
  • Moses was the first person to write any portion of The Bible
  • John, the apostle, was the last person to write any part of The Bible
  • There are 29 known authors of the old testament
  • There are 8 known authors of the new testament

Writers of the old testament

Agur
Amos
Asaph
Daniel
David
Ethan
Ezekiel
Ezra
Habakkuk
Haggai
Hemman
Hosea
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Joel
Jonah
Joshua
Lemuel
Malachi
Micah
Moses
Nahum
Nehemiah
Obadiah
Samuel
Solomon
Sons of Korah
Zechariah
Zephaniah

Writers of the new testament

James
John
Jude
Luke
Mark
Matthew
Paul
Peter

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