The Bibliotheca Kickstarter project that I wrote about earlier this week (here: A Minimalist Bible For The Bibliophile) has gone viral.
When I wrote about it just 3 days ago the project had received $342,620 in funding… more than 9 times the project’s goal of $37,000. That was impressive— but since then interest in the Bibliotheca project has skyrocketed. As I write the pledged funding has jumped to $852,335 (2,303% of the project’s initial goal!!) and continues to climb.
On Kickstarter Biblotheca has been the 2nd or 3rd most popular project out of 161,964 projects over the last few days.
Additionally, Bibiotheca recently hit the mainstream media with glowing reviews from some of the biggest names in media. Here is a sample of just some of the articles:
I find all of this to be exciting on so many different levels. First and most obviously, I love the Bible. I’m looking forward to receiving and reading my copy (the scheduled delivery date is in December just in time for Christmas).
Secondly, I love books. I have several books that have been handed down to me from my grandfather, and a couple from my great-grandfather. Some are over 100 years old. It is so cool to read the very same books my ancestors read– to see what they underlined and their handwritten notes in the margin. Through this I feel a connection with prior generations.
Somehow, I cannot see my great-grandchildren combing though my ebooks. Will today’s ebooks even be accessible in 100 years? In my closet I have a few dust cover 3.5″ disks– I no longer own the technology to access 3.5″ disks. Those disks are only 20 years old.
Paperback books will not not survive the next 100 years. Cheap glue bound hardcover books will not survive either. Only high quality, hardcover books will survive the test of time– and what better book to preserve than the Bible?
Third, it’s so exciting to see the Bible draw this much attention beyond Christian circles. Truly God’s Word is alive. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 ESV.
I highly suggest checking out the project’s page and seriously consider supporting the project. The project’s funding period ends THIS Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM EDT.
NOTE: Adam Lewis Greene, who is the man behind the project, recently updated Bibliotheca’s project page with an added incentive: if the project reaches the $1 million mark he will “be able to add the Deuterocanonical Books (commonly called the Apocrypha).” I am a bit disappointed by this as the Apocrypha is not a part of the inspired cannon of scripture. I have no problem with someone reading the Apocrypha as it makes for very interesting reading. However, it is not on equal footing with the inspired 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. By including the Apocrypha in the same book set as the Old and New Testaments some may not realize this all important difference.
Last week, over at the Why We Web blog, I wrote about The ESV Reader’s Bible. A Bible that I dubbed as the “Minimalist Bible”.
Yesterday I happened to come across another ‘minimalist Bible’ through this tweet:
— Christian Hipster (@ChristnHipster) July 20, 2014
While the ESV Reader’s Bible is mass produced, reasonably low priced, and intended for the general public; Bibleiotheca is a high quality, limited edition, four volume set intended for the most discerning of bibliophiles. Bibleiotheca has not been printed yet so I have not been able to actually experience it yet. However, it is available for preorder through it’s Kickstarter page.
I believe the ‘minimalist Bible’ concept has already proven itself. The above video describes this concept very well. Here are a couple of insightful quotes from the video:
The book is actually doing work to eliminate distractions…
Why is that people love stories so much and yet they view reading Biblical literature as a chore? …could it be that the encyclopedic nature of our contemporary Bibles is what’s driving this idea that the Biblical literature is dry and boring?
Another proof of concept: the Bibliotheca Kickstarter project is overfunded! Overfunded by more than a factor 9! Amazing.
If you have any interest I suggest checking out Bibliotheca’s Kickstater page immediately as the funding period is set to close THIS Sunday July 27 2014 at 3:36 PM EDT.
After the funding period expires you may never have another opportunity to purchase a set.