Signs of the Times

[From the Tribune, New York, N. Y., Jan. 27, 1923]

Compared with the success of one of the leading "best sellers" of recent years, ... the Bible easily establishes its popular supremacy. A report states that the total sales of ten most popular books for the past ten years amount to less than one third the number of Bibles distributed during the last year. With a distribution of 551,881 copies of the Bible to persons and institutions throughout the New York district, the New York Bible Society last year furnished more copies than ever before during a similar period. A great number of them were given to immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, for whom translations in fifty-three languages were provided. ... In addition to these translations, progress is being made in making raised type editions for the blind to read. There are nearly a dozen different texts of this type at present. The New York Society is also publishing the Bible in the new universal type for the blind of all nationalities, called the Revised Braille Grade One and a Half. Besides being the most popular book, the Bible is the cheapest, according to the local society. A thousand-page Bible is sold to those who can afford it for fifty cents and the New Testament for ten cents.

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September 15, 1923

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