In 1806, the BFBS began using the “stereotype” printing process, which dramatically increased the number of Bibles that could be produced. When the ABS was formed they went to the same process quickly, enabling the production of sixty different forms of the KJV by 1850. In 1829 alone, the ABS printed 360,000 English Bibles and by 1860 were producing more than a million per year. By 1912, they were publishing Bibles in eighty-four languages, including those of Native American tribes.
With an easily readable format, good paper and sturdy binding, the goal of putting a Bible in every home in America seemed a reachable goal. In 1986, the ABS distributed almost 290 million Bibles in that year alone!