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What's the Point?

Text sizes in Bibles and other books are measured in points. A text character is measured from top to bottom of an uppercase text character (usually "E"). There are 72 points to an inch. Text in a Bible with 12-point text size is 12/72" in height (or 1/6").

Comparing Text Sizes

To get a good idea of Bible text sizes, use the following instructions to create and print your own comparative guide to text sizes, or print our PDF Comparative Guide to Text Sizes.

Step 1:
Copy the following lines to your clipboard, then paste them into your word processor:

6-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
8-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
9-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
10-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
12-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
14-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
16-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
18-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
20-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!
22-pt text Thank you for shopping at Christianbook.com!

Step 2:
In your word processor, change the font size of each line to the size specified at the beginning of the line.

Step 3:
Print the document from your word processor. Once you have it printed, you will have a good idea of the font sizes we mention in the descriptions of our Bibles.

Keep in mind:

  • Your results may vary! Print size can differ among printers (and software). Usually this is slight, and while there is no way to be certain that your print sizes will exactly match the text size in the actual Bible, it should be quite close enough to help you decide what size you are comfortable with, and close enough to use as a buying guide.

  • It is important to actually print the text. Don't rely on your screen display. Monitors and monitor resolution settings will display font sizes differently.

  • The "boldness" of the text in your samples will probably differ somewhat from the actual print in the Bible you purchase (due to different font styles used in publishing), but the size or height of the text should be close enough for comparison.

  • Smaller text is easier to read in a two-colum format because your eyes don't have to travel too far to follow a line. Most Bibles with smaller text use a two-column format for this reason.

  • Any Bible can have larger print with a magnifier! Visit our Bible & Book Magnifier Store for our selection of magnifiers or check out our growing selection of reading glasses.

  • You can learn more about large-print text sizes here.

We hope you've found this information helpful!

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