When reading US Christian books and listening to US preachers, it is striking how many of them use the KJV when quoting from scripture. Even many preachers who are very clear, contemporary and accessible in their teaching style seem to use the KJV, which does seem very much at odds with the way they are communicating the rest of the time. This isn't a thread about KJV only, which is a whole separate issue. My question is more why so many US Christians who do not have any theological hangups about using other translations still go for the KJV? It is incidentally very much in contrst to the UK where the NIV is the dominant translation by a very wide margin in evangelical churches.