What Price for the Word of God

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by Deacon, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Deacon

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    Too often we hear about the greed of modern version translators.
    Rodney Decker’s NT Resources Blog notes price differences in the various Kindle Versions of the Bible on Amazon.

    (also note who authored the KJV) :laugh:

    The King James Bible by King James (Author) (Kindle Edition)
    Kindle Price - $3.48

    New American Standard Bible (NASB 1977 edition) by The Lockman Foundation (Kindle Edition)
    Kindle Price - $1.59

    NET Bible Noteless by Biblical Studies Press (Kindle Edition)
    Kindle Price - $0.99

    American Standard Version (ASV) by Olive Tree Bible Software (Kindle Edition)
    Kindle Price - $0.99

    English Standard Version (ESV) by Crossway Bibles (Kindle Edition)
    Kindle Price - $0.00

    Today's New International Version, TNIV by Zondervan (Kindle Edition)
    Kindle Price - $0.00

    Rob
     
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    Free ESV for the Kindle? I should buy one.

    I am not sure what the point of this is.
    The KJV is typically the cheapest in electronic form since it is not under US copyright.

    However this does show a lack of greed on the part of some of these publishers.

    I wonder if Crossway and Zondervan made these available for free and do not allow Amazon to charge for them.

    Of course Amazon could charge anything for the KJV since they do not have to get permission from anyone.

    But wait, I wonder if they have to get permission to sell that in England?
     
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    Let us not forget the greed of KING JAMES & his Minister of Finance, SIR ROBERT CECIL. They placed KJ's TAX STAMP in every copy of the AV1611, putting it outta the price range of most common British.
     
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    Roby, most KJVO people are not even familiar that the KJV ever had a copyright.
     
  6. Deacon

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    I've got a 1732 Basket 'Authorized' Bible that has the price, "12 Shillings" imprinted on the cover page.

    That was a heavy price back then for a commoner.

    We live in a time when the price of God's word is either free or just a few bucks.

    It's a shame that so few read it...
    even more so that fewer live it.

    Let's live our lifes for our living Savior!

    Rob
     
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    As I understand it, that price would have been only for the printing of the pages and copyright. It did not include the cost of having the Bible bound or any cost added by a bookseller.

    Because of concern that booksellers were profiting excessively from reselling Bibles, De Hamel noted that “in 1725 a royal order required holders of the copyright to print the price of each Bible clearly on its title-page” (The Book, p. 253). This stated price was for Bibles in just printed sheets with no binding.
     

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