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Redesigned Bible Uses Classic Typographic Methods for Fluid Reading Experience

Redesigned Bible Uses Classic Typographic Methods for Fluid Reading Experience
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This revamp makes reading the Bible feel similar to reading a novel.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 18 july 2014

No matter how religious you are, reading the Bible feels different from other types of literature. The language used or the content might make a person more aware of how unlike other reading it is, but the book itself plays a big part in that as well. Bibles are generally very large books filled with thin pages.

The words appear in a small font and because there is usually multiple columns on each page, it feels like a long time before you get to turn it. Numerous chapter names, verse numbers, as well as justified text are also a big contrast to other literature. These combined features make the Bible feel dense and encyclopedic, which isn’t very inviting to the reader. To remedy this, a man named Adam Lewis Green began a Kickstarter campaign that will allow him to redesign the Bible.

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Bibliotecha is a Bible redesign that makes the Bible more visually appealing and easier to read. It breaks the old testament into three volumes and has a fourth volume for the new testament. The type size, line length, and page margins have all been optimized and the pages themselves have been made from traditional, acid-free book paper. The volumes are all novel sized and the bindings are flat-opened and hand-sewned.

The set features a European-style rounded spine, and Green created a typeface specifically for this project that is reflective of his own impressive handwriting. In addition, the page proportions and text blocks are based on the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant, as specified in the book of Exodus. Free of numbers, notes, and references, Bibliotecha uses the American Standard Version, with some small alterations for more fluid reading: like you for thou and does for doth. The text itself is left aligned, so that the same amount of space exists between each word and each volume has a ribbon bookmark.

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Adams initially set out to create 500 complete sets of the books and set a pledge goal of $37,000 that would not garner him any profit. With just a few days left to go, the Kickstarter page has already received more than $150,000 in pledges. The campaign will conclude on July 27th, but if you’re interested in obtaining your own set, $63 will get you all four paperback volumes and for $75 you can get the hardcover set. In addition, you can buy only the old testament or only the new testament. Shipping is set for December 2014, and yes- Green is offering international shipping.

Bibliotecha // Kickstarter

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