November 13, 2012
World's Biggest Bible Publisher? China
Amity Printing Company passes 100-million mark.
Update (May 23, 2013): According to the Economist, China's only government-approved Bible publisher, Amity Printing Company, is one of the largest Bible publishers in the world—but it exports about two-thirds of the Bibles it prints. As a result, unofficial house churches still don't have access to Scriptures, says ChinaAid founder Bob Fu.
World magazine also argues that Bible exports harm Chinese churches.
Only one company is authorized to print Bibles in China—and it appears to be taking full advantage of the opportunity.
The milestone means China is now the biggest publisher of Bibles worldwide.
Chinese government spokesperson Guo Wei said, "The Chinese government respects and protects religious freedom and will continue to support printing and publishing Bibles in China."
Amity Printing began as a joint venture between the United Bible Societies (UBS) and the Amity Foundation in 1988. The company currently is based in Nanjing, China, about three hours from Shanghai.