- Guinness World Records points out that the Bible is the world’ all-time best-selling book
They estimate that since the dawn of its completion, around 5 billion have been sold and distributed worldwide (B13). You won’t easily find the Bible as the best-seller in bookstore lists, because it would always be at the top.
Other all-time bestsellers are Quotations from the Works of Mao Zedong on the second place, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling in third place, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien ranking
- The Bible is the only book that has been translated into more than 3,300 languages, covering nearly 95 percent of the world’s population
As of 2017, the entire Bible is translated into 670 languages, giving nearly 5.4 billion people access to the entire Bible in their native language. The New Testament and some important parts and stories of the Bible are translated into 2642 languages for approximately one billion people. It is estimated that there are some 3,700 languages – spoken by a population of some 220 million people – for which no translation is available. Most of these people reside in Africa and Asia
- In the Guinness World Records, the Bible is the oldest machine-printed book
Around 1455 a German fellow named Johann Gutenberg started with the first mass production. One of these contains 1286 pages, with 42 lines each, and weighs about 14 pounds. The approximate selling price of one piece was at that time 30 guilders, which was the equivalent of three years of a clerk’s wage. For perspective, the today’s average wage for a clerk is about $26,000 in the United States, according to Glassdoor. Therefore, a printed Gutenberg Bible would have cost you today around 78 thousand US dollars. However, the last remaining copies – some 49 – are being auctioned at much higher prices