Everyone agrees that the Bible is a long (deep, confusing, and old) book. What is easy to forget is the reason it is so long, is that it is made up of lots of books. (I think that sentence was convoluted enough, don’t you) How many books is up to debate.
Do you divide the first and seconds into different books? What about the fact that Psalms clearly considers itself to be five books? Some of the books are no longer than a short article. (How big do you suppose Philemon would be if it was printed up? Sexagesimo-quarto, Aka the smallest standard book size at 3 by 2 inches) Would you include the Apocrypha?
Just imagine how much space they would take up if each book was printed like a normal book today. The paper is normally super thin in Bibles. They have medium small margins and the print can get tiny.
A normal book would not just have the content and a cover. They would include a study Bibles author information. Those random blank pages at the ends of the book. An index. We also could expect reviews at the beginning of the book (glowing reviews). I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the books had first chapter from the next book by that author in them as an attempt to get you interested in it.
The Bible would literally take up an entire bookshelf. With the price of a new Barnes and Noble classic costing from $7.95-$13.95 at best you would be looking at spending $405.45 (not including tax or shipping). More realistically I would guess the price to be $758.70 (not including tax or shipping). Aren’t you glad that it is possible to get a Bible for so much less.
But wouldn’t it be so cool in some ways to have a boxed set of the Psalms. Or a Sexagesimo-quarto of Philemon.