The Trump administration’s newly proposed 25% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods will be applied to printed materials and this has gotten Christian publishers worried.
If passed, Bibles are set to get a lot more expensive in the United States because guess what, A LOT of them are actually printed in China.
China is the world’s largest printer of Bibles, thanks in part to Amity Press, located in Nanjing, which Shanghaiist reported in 2008 to be capable of printing 1 million copies a month, or a copy each second.
Due to the unique paper typically used in Bible printing, and the cost efficiency of China’s sophisticated printing presses, Christian publishers like HarperCollins Christian Publishing, the world’s largest Christian publisher, and Tyndale House, owner of the New Living Translation, say they aren’t able to find printers outside of China that are capable of meeting their needs.
As a result, Bible prices are going to go up and some Bible editions may have to be discontinued. Boo hoo.
Trump’s evangelical base
Maybe they‘ll find a way to convince their millionaire pastors to give up their private jets and to commit to delivering the Word of God free of charge to the masses.
Or maybe they can switch to downloading a Bible app instead. This way, they’ll save both moneyand the environment.