Six years ago, when we were both art students, my friend Eugene Korsunskiy snuck into our school's computer lab and printed out the entire Bible on a long strip of paper. I'd been in love with the Bible for years, but this was the first time I'd seen all of it at once and the experience was strangely powerful.
With Eugene's blessing I've spent the last year searching for the simplest, most beautiful, and most affordable way to share that experience with as many people as possible.
The result is the One Page Bible.
It's a high-quality digital print of the entire King James Bible in small but readable type, printed with eco-friendly inks on a 7 by 7 foot piece of smooth white vinyl. You can order yours today.
If we reach our funding goal we'll be able to pay for our first print run and you can expect your One Page Bible to arrive by Christmas. If we don't reach our funding goal, the print run is off and your card won't be charged.
The text is big enough to read, but the print is small enough to fit on most people's walls. If you don't have the wall space, you may know a church , business, or nonprofit that would love to receive the One Page Bible as a gift.
We want the Bible to speak for itself with as few distractions as possible. There are no book titles, chapter breaks, or verse numbers here - just the text, in a single straight-edged column, surrounded by a three inch border. The only graphical elements are small dots between each book and each Psalm.
The text is printed in Minion, an elegant but unobtrusive typeface that's readable even at a small scale. You probably won't want to read the whole Bible this way, but if you can read "In God We Trust" on a quarter, you'll find the text perfectly legible.
The vinyl is engineered to stay flat. It won't curl over time or retain the shape of the tube it's shipped in. It has a matte finish that eliminates glare and, unlike most vinyls, it's recyclable (we doubt you'll want to recycle yours, but it's good to know that you could!)
There's a reason it took more than a year to figure out how to make the One Page Bible and make it affordable. The first several print shops I approached told me it wasn't even possible to print an image this wide and this crisp. Along with a few key suppliers I've found a printing solution that works, but it pushes the most advanced large format printers to their limit. The only way to make The One Page Bible affordable is to spread out our upfront costs by printing 20 or more copies at a time.
Your contributions will fund that initial print run. We'll use any remaining money to keep up the momentum, spreading this idea and generating the demand that will keep prices low.
Hanging Your Print
The One Page Bible weighs about five pounds. Two people can hang it, though you'll find it easier with three.
You can hang it however you like, but based on our experience it will be easiest if you start by attaching a strip of rigid material along the top edge and attach that to the wall. If you want to be extra careful with your walls, we recommend Joe's Sticky Stuff, a rubbery removable tape that will hold the print up but won't leave any residue on it or the wall.
How We'll Thank You
If you help make this project a reality, we'll put your name, photo, and favorite verse of the Bible on our website as part of a wall of supporters. Depending on how much you pledge, you can also receive gifts ranging from an aluminum print of the story of the Prodigal Son to the One Page Bible itself.
Risks and challenges
If all goes according to plan, the One Page Bible and our other rewards will arrive at your doorstep by Christmas. This is not a guarantee, however.
We know from the copies we've already printed that our suppliers can deliver and that a print of this size and complexity is technologically feasible. But this isn't a routine project. No one has done anything quite like this before, so there may be challenges and delays that we haven't anticipated.
We'll send an email after the project is funded to collect your mailing address. You can help us deliver your rewards on time by looking out for that email and responding to it promptly.
One thing we've learned from this project is that pushing the envelope, as stressful as it can be, brings people together. Our suppliers have done a tremendous amount of work to bring the One Page Bible to this point and it will be one of their top priorities during this busy season.
We hope you're as excited as we are to be part of something new.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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