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date: 21 February 2020

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After the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1776, the English Royal copyright on the Bible no longer held sway in the newly formed United States. Beginning in 1777, American publishers began to produce English-language Bibles. Over the next two and half centuries, four distinct waves of American Bible publishing moved from the use of hand-powered printing presses to computers to produce billions of copies of the scriptures that have been distributed around the world. This chapter examines the publishing technologies, the distribution methods, and the key social and religious developments that have been critical in shaping the production and distribution of the Protestant Bible in the United States.

Keywords: American Bible Society, Mathew Carey, eBibles, Gideons International, Niche Bibles, stereotyping, Kenneth Taylor, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House, Zondervan

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