The Bible can be a pretty intimidating text to read. Most versions are enormous and full of tiny text and footnotes. One bookmaker is trying to make it more accessible by redesigning the Bible for modern times, with a classic twist.
Adam Lewis Green started a Kickstarter page called Bibliotheca to fund his project, which would create a newly-designed Bible without verse numbers and tiny text. Instead, this new Bible is organized into four manageable volumes and set up like a normal novel.
In his Kickstarter video, Green says the design of a book is an important factor in whether people enjoy reading it or not. For his new design, he chose attributes like nice binding and a simple layout that would appeal to modern readers.
He also notes that original versions of the Bible were often broken into multiple volumes. He even looked back at older versions of the Bible to choose a font. Original versions of the Bible were handwritten, so the text in this version will be in a font that Green created based on his own typography.
Many people seem to support Green's project. His original goal was to raise $37,000, but with three days left in the project it has already collected well over $820,000 in donations! He's now hoping to reach $1 million, so he can add on even more features like a volume featuring the Deuterocanonical Books.