Common English Bible Is a Sustained Best Seller in Its First 12 Months
Adds New Children’s Bible to Its Product Mix
NASHVILLE, TN (July 10, 2012) – The complete Common English Bible first became available at last July’s annual International Christian Retail Show (ICRS). Now, in only its first 12 months, the CEB’s popularity is reflected in having remained on the CBA Bible Translation Best Seller lists for seven months, including July’s, where it’s #7 in Unit Sales and #9 in Dollar Sales.
“Seeing that theologians, pastors, consumers, and book sellers have kept the Common English Bible a best seller for more than half of its first year is a testament to the translation’s academic expertise balanced with its naturally understandable 21st century English,” says Paul Franklyn, PhD, associate publisher. “The uniquely large number of translators and readers who worked on this translation represents a broad cross-section of the church and embody the fact that it’s built on common ground from the bottom up.”
The CEB’s popularity has soared since it was first released last September. In addition to being a repeat best seller, it was named one of the top 10 religion stories of 2011 by leading journalists of the Religion Newswriters Association.
Joining the mix this September is the CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible, a unique children’s Bible with engaging illustrations, topical devotions, interactive features, Bible trivia, and colorful 3-D characters. Available in five covers, the Deep Blue Kids Bible’s notes and devotions are written at an age- and emotionally appropriate level for children 7 to 12. A sneak peek of the Bible is available at DeepBlueKidsBible.com.
The CEB is a collaboration of 120 Bible scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world. The translators – from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities – represent such academic institutions as Asbury Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Bethel Seminary, Denver Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Wheaton College, Yale University, and many others.
The Common English Bible is written in contemporary language at the same reading level as the newspaper USA TODAY—making it comfortable and accessible for today’s English readers. More than half-a-million copies of the CEB are in print, including an edition with the Apocrypha.