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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Most Published Book Ever! by Joan Reeves

I was doing research on publishing the other day and came across some statistics about the most published book in the entire world.

If this subject were a category on Jeopardy, I'd clear the board -- "Alec, the answer is: what is The Bible."

A couple of years ago I wrote some blog posts about publishing and one pertained to facts about publishing the Bible. I found the information fascinating and maybe you will too.
  • Johannes Gutenberg was the first European to produce a book printed with movable type. (Books printed using movable type were produced in China more than 500 years before Gutenberg.) Gutenberg’s first book was The Bible which is the most published book in the world.
  • The shortest verse in the Bible consists of two words. "Jesus wept." (John 11:35)
  • Several early English Bibles are famous because of their errors, not their workmanship or beauty. The textual idiosyncrasies have made certain Bibles eagerly sought by collectors.
  • The Breeches Bible, 1560, states that Adam and Eve "sewed fix tree leaves together and made themselves breeches."
  • The Bug Bible, 1551, incorrectly translated the 91st Psalm ("Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night.") as "Thou shalt not be afraid of any buggies by night."
  • The Treacle Bible, 1568, used the word treacle (a dark brown very sweet sugar syrup) instead of balm in the verse: "Is there no balm in Gilead?" became "Is there no treacle in Gilead?"
Post Script

Obscure facts are endlessly fascinating.

(Joan Reeves writes funny, sexy Contemporary Romance. Her books are available at all major ebook sellers with audio editions available at Amazon, Audible.com, and iTunes. Joan publishes Writing Hacks, a free subscription newsletter for writers, and Wordplay, a free subscription newsletter for readers. Please visit JoanReeves.com or her blog SlingWords for more information.)


  1. Joan, love the Uncle Sam poster, and your post was full of fun facts. No treacle in Gilead, huh? LOL Thanks for the smile this morning.