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Here's What Goes Into Printing a Bible

The Bible has held the title of the #1 best selling book around the world for quite a while, and shows no signs of stopping. It is one of the most sought after books on the market, and you

can find them everywhere (even the nightstand of your hotel, most likely). Many publishers, churches, and ministries have begun printing customized versions of the Bible to fit their needs.

So if you're interested in doing the same, there are a lot of considerations. Here's what you need to think about design-wise (interior layout is another conversation).

Ink + Paper

The most important part of the Bible is, of course, its message. If that's not clear—the words themselves—there's really no point. Legibility is dependent on three major factors:

  • Font Size/Style—Most Bibles range from 8pt font to 10pt font; however, one can easily customize the font size to offer a large print version. Keep the font(s) as simple and clean as possible

  • Ink Color—In addition to the size of the font, the color of the ink is incredibly important, A muted, solid color is a must. Most Bibles are in solid black font, but some opt to have the words of Jesus printed in red. Of course, other colors could be used, but keep in mind that studies have shown black and white to be the most readable text colors.

  • Paper Type—When choosing the right paper, consider:

Thickness will determine the weight of the Bible and what pen type the pages can handle for note taking.

Color should work well with the color of the ink, which can change based on the type/color of paper it's printed on.

Opacity determines how much or little text can be see through the paper. Typically, the thicker the paper, the more opaque it will be. Consequently, the lower the paper weight, the more translucent the paper will be.

The Cover

I know we're not supposed to judge books by these, but c'mon, we all do it. The cover is important because it gives the first impression, but it also houses the pages and holds it all together. The cover houses the text pages. The binding is what keeps it together.

There are numerous options and possible combinations for your cover and style of binding, such as:

—Leather or PU (Polyurethane), Soft Cover Binding, Smythe-sewn + Lay-flat

—Matte Art Paper over Greyboard + Matte Lamination, Hard Cover, Smythe-sewn + Lay-flat

To learn more about what all of that means, you can check out more info on covers and bindings.


The 2 main accessories most Bibles have are ribbons and head/tail bands. Ribbons come in a variety of colors and are inserted at the top of the spine before a Bible is bound. Head and tail bands are then placed over the top and bottom portions of the spine to help secure the sewn binding.

You can also add other embellishments, such as debossing (text is pressed into the cover), embossing (text is raised on the cover), spot gloss (glossy coating over text or designs), foil stamping, and many more options.


Ready to design and print a Bible for your customers that will help them and enhance your brand? Contact us here, and let's create something great together.

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