This chapter traces the evolution of early American bibles and bible readers during the period 1777–1816. More specifically, it explains how the imagined American bible reader, both subject to the bearers of religious authority and potentially empowered by those authorities' address, was created out of British print-bible culture. The chapter first considers the use of the English bibles in the fifteenth century in preaching before discussing how a distinctively new imagined English bible reader emerged in the eighteenth century. It then describes the development of American print-bible culture beginning in the 1780s, set by the pedagogical interests of English bibles, and analyzes family bibles in the context of “family prayer” as their imagined site of reading and use. It also looks at the production of American bibles beginning in the 1790s and their nation-building aspirations, as can be seen in the work of the American Bible Society.