More than half a billion Scriptures were distributed around the world last year, making it the biggest yearly total since the United Bible Societies came into being 43 years ago.
The total of 692,754,925 was an 11% increase above 1987 as reported by the United Bible Societies, which now has work in more than 180 countries.
Figures were up for all global regions and all categories of Scripture. Bible distribution rose by 10.1%, with more than 14 million placed in circulation. New Testament distribution rose by 11.9% for a total of 12,909,437.
The largest numerical increase was in Asia and the Pacific, where the total of 300,874,234 Scriptures represented an increase of 38 million over 1988.