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The Most Popular Book Of All Time

Whether or not you’re a Christian or read the Bible, I think you’ll find this infographic pretty interesting.

The Bible, by far, is the “best-selling” book of all time. In sheer numbers, just look at how it compares in terms of copies sold.

Also, of note, the infographic shows the books with the largest word count. Mission Earth by scientologist wack job L. Ron Hubbard has more than 1.2 million words. I wonder how many of those words Tom Cruise has read?

Second is a novel I’ve never heard of called Sironia, Texas by Madison Cooper. It weighs in at 1.1 million words. The King James Version of the Bible has a little over 788,000 words, which ranks fifth.

Interesting stuff here. Anything surprise you?

bible infographic

 

Source: Christian Universities Online

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  1. Perhaps, this is not as surprising but I wonder, nowadays, what purposes people buy the Bible for…

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    August 18, 2014
  2. Somebody had a lot of free time.

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    August 18, 2014
  3. Reblogged this on Chellelandia.

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    August 18, 2014
  4. The Little Prince is on there! Very cool! Liked that.

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    August 18, 2014
  5. I’ve read parts of the Bible my whole life, but never the entire thing. I recently decided to read it in its entirety.

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    August 18, 2014
  6. I was surprised that Lord of the Rings didn’t make top 10 for word count- or would they count it as 3 books since it was originally published in the 3 parts (i think?). GIven than the Bible took me several years through I don’t think I’ll be trying any of the larger word count novels!
    Reblogging this on baldvicar.

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    August 18, 2014
    • Looked it up and looks like LOTR just missed the cut. 473K words.

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      August 18, 2014
  7. Reblogged this on Essential Thinking and commented:
    so if you do own a Bible your just a big old copycat? I wonder how the year on year sales stack up?

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    August 18, 2014
  8. So as I see it, we only have 4,415 languages left to translate the Bible to, and then, Armageddon. As it states in Revelations, (the last book of the Bible,) Jesus will not return until all the nations of the Earth have heard the good news.
    Thanks for this post.

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    August 18, 2014
  9. When I started to read Les Miserables (an endeavor I quickly gave up on), I couldn’t get over the fact that it was longer than the Bible! I kept shouting, “It’s longer than the Bible! It takes me a whole year to read the whole Bible.” I can’t imagine having that much to say about one thing.

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    August 18, 2014
  10. This is an interesting list. I wasn’t surprised that the Bible was the most popular book of all time. I am surprised that The Hobbit was though.

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    August 18, 2014
  11. My spiritual side likes reading the bible and so does my secular side. It’s some book!

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    August 19, 2014
  12. You can find a bible in almost every hotel room.

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    August 19, 2014
  13. So glad to see Agatha Christie and Samuel Richardson showcased here! I kind of wonder where the collected works of Shakespeare are. I suppose it has many, many editions, but so has the Bible. KJV forever!

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    August 19, 2014
  14. It looks as if they might have left out the Jewish translations of the Bible, which was an odd choice to make. But the numbers might be even higher if they included, for example, the Jewish Publication Society version, or the Soncino Press.

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    August 19, 2014
  15. Interesting. Can’t help but wonder how different the world might be if more of those Bibles were being read and not just taking up space on a shelf…

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    August 23, 2014
  16. Reblogged this on Ms M's Bookshelf and commented:
    If I knew this, I forgot. These stats are pretty impressive and if you’re a junior teacher, the way they’re presented is great to show students how much more easily understood statistics are when presented in a pictograph format. Some of these statistics will surprise you I think. Enjoy my Sunday Reblog.

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    August 24, 2014
  17. I must have a penchant for long books, having read both the Christian Bible and Sironia, Texas. I vastly prefer the out-of-print, two-volume latter book, which I have read a few times. If you want to read fiction, it is an absorbing yarn, perhaps based upon author Madison Cooper’s neighbors in Waco, Texas. If you are able to find it, be forewarned that there are some cruel, disturbing rascist scenes in the saga.

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    September 2, 2014
  18. Reblogged this on Dont Ask Me I’m No Expert.

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    November 3, 2014
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