More than 4.7 Billion Bibles Were Been Printed Between 1455 and 2007


In 2007 it was estimated that more than 4.7 billion Bibles (in whole or in part) had been printed since the publication of the Gutenberg Bible in 1455-56.

4.7 billion was more than five times the estimated number of 900 million printed copies of Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, the enormous distribution of which occurred in the second half of the 20th century becuase it was "an unoffical requirement for every Chinese ciitzen to own, read and carry it at all times under the latter half of Mao's rule, and especially during the Cultural Revolution."

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