Bible Text Stats

Amazon recently introduced a feature on its site called “Text Stats,” which lets you see things like the grade level, word count, and other statistics for books in its “Search Inside the Book” (SITB) program.

Here are a several Bible translations plotted by the total number of words in the translation compared to the number of words per sentence:

See the below table for the raw data.

The NAB includes the Apocrypha. We couldn’t find stats on Amazon for the RSV without the Apocrypha or the TNIV.

Here’s the raw data if you want to crunch your own numbers. Since Amazon is scanning books and using optical-character recognition, caveats apply: the data may be inaccurate or even misleading. Use with care.

VersionComplex WordsSyllables per WordWords per SentenceFogFleschFlesh-KincaidCharactersWordsSentencesISBN
AMP9%1.425.113.562.910.75,322,088945,45437,6080310951410
CEV7%1.412.87.977.65.64,337,680757,81459,2840399153853
ESV7%1.322.111.770.68.94,366,324804,56636,4571581345968
HCSB8%1.418.710.770.98.04,264,305758,75640,5511586401734
KJV6%1.322.511.371.18.94,613,643805,64935,7420785202684
MSG8%1.413.08.473.96.24,408,142775,02059,7061600060226
NAB9%1.415.910.170.47.46,891,5031,159,57273,1460840713665
NASB7%1.323.612.169.89.44,251,392784,84133,2240310917255
NIRV5%1.39.15.886.33.54,685,073873,45095,999031092653X
NIV7%1.418.610.373.17.74,143,219741,06539,8730310902711
NJB8%1.421.111.766.99.24,692,151836,77839,7380385493207
NKJV7%1.423.112.268.89.44,387,700803,61134,8370785200304
NLT8%1.414.89.173.76.74,457,847782,24452,7870842384898
NRSV8%1.422.812.268.19.44,216,427780,66034,2130521507790

Inspired by Steven Johnston.

Update: Per Better Bibles Blog, we added the CEV and changed the ISBN used for the HCSB, which puts its stats closer to the NIV's.

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