I added a new poll to the blog this weekend. It asks which pew or pulpit Bible version is used where you worship. I’ve probably asked this question before, but I thought it would be interesting to ask it again, since it’s been awhile. I’m particularly interested to see if official usage of a couple of Bible versions has changed in the last year or so. I realize, of course, that results from a poll on this blog are not scientific. They never are with self-selecting polls like this on only one location on the Internet. But I hope that they display some basic trends among those who visit this blog.
The CBA* January 2010 figures for sales of Bible versions are available online. The lists for unit sales and dollar sales are identical, except for position 7, this month for rankings on the scale of the top 10 best sellers:
- New International Version
- New King James Version
- King James Version
- New Living Translation
- English Standard Version
- Holman Christian Standard Bible
- NASBU (dollar sales); Reina Valera 1960 (Spanish) (unit sales)
- GOD’S WORD Translation
- New International Readers Version
- The Message
It will be interesting to see if any of the sales rankings shift after Christmas present purchases.
*The CBA list is based on actual sales in Christian retail stores in the United States through November 27, 2008 using CROSS:SCAN as the source for the data collection.