In the final scenes of The Book of Eli (2010), Eli is dictating whole bible to Lombardi.

This scene showed Bible to have so many pages, more than you expect a single book to have:
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Why did The Book of Eli show the bible to have so many pages?

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    It's a very big, long, book..even typeset. That would have been many more in handwritten form
    – Paulie_D
    Jul 27, 2016 at 11:50

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Typically, bibles are printed on extremely thin paper, much thinner than a normal book, with a very small typeset.

If you look at very old printed bibles, they tend to have fewer books in the Kings James Edition.

As such, with the number of books, small size of font, and thin pages, translating the bibles into hand written text would result in potentially thousands of pages. You can see in the image the relative size of the person writing's hand writing, he's fitting maybe 100 or so words a page.

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    while this is true, braille versions of books would be many times large than the original. Braille bibles can be upwards of 18 volumes.
    – Yorik
    Jul 27, 2016 at 14:57

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