"With two days left, Greene's goal of raising $37,000 to print a Bible "designed and crafted for reading, separated into four elegant volumes, and free of all numbers and notes" has been met several times over."
Some people just prefer print edition materials, I guess - the feel, the look, the sheer craftsmanship, personal reading experience and so on. Even in spite of the economical disadvantage. Why, a Bible with a leather cover and gilded page edges sure looks pretty. In this particular case, $37000 is perhaps a bit much for this kind of project, which indeed has been done before, as David pointed out. In short, "There is nothing new under the sun"!
And yes, while Accordance produces great Bibles a lot cheaper, there will probably always be a market for print edition Bibles and other books. Some people I know of say that it feels unnatural for them to read and work with the Bible on a computer. I don't get that though: For Biblical exegesis, Accordance is peerless in my opinion and at the very least way more effective than the old fashion methods, so the transition is a no-brainer. A digital Bible is a whole lot better than a real one in this regard.
Although, being taught everything I know the old school way, I gotta admit that I still prefer to work with actual books sometimes - and not just for nostalgia's sake either. I still use them when I, for instance, translate Biblical Hebrew (and other texts). I always do that manually with my old hard back Biblia Hebraica, grammar and dictionary. It takes lot of time to get the job done, but it forces me to think and thus helps me stay on top of the grammatical aspects of the language. But if I'm doing complex exegetical research, I will neither browse the Bible nor dozens of other books by hand to find the answer. It simply takes too long and is not worth the trouble compared to using Accordance.
All in all, it makes no sense to buy any print edition Bible such as the one you mentioned for Bible study. Not any more. But it's nice to have there on the shelf and to look at every now and then when you just feel like sitting down, reading a passage (or more). As for print edition books in general they serve a great purpose for when you don't want to make things too easy for yourself.
Edited by Pchris, 11 September 2014 - 05:38 PM.