Bart Erhman is a New Testament scholar whose observations I have been writing about here.
Erhman’s subdiscipline is called “Textual Criticism”. This field is one where researchers look for the origins of New Testament writing and the motives of its authors. It is not a critique of its theology.
Erhman said recently the volume of research in this field has “exploded” in the last 20 years. Interest by the public must have exploded also as Erhman’s 2005 book, Misquoting Jesus; The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, was on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Erhman talks of efforts by contemporary scholars to track threads of hand written Bibles by their differences. There are several thousand surviving copies. When a change is noticed, scholars try to follow how many times the change was recopied and in what region.
These changes are compared to other writing about philosophy and religion of the period and region to see if changes in the Bible texts follow or do not follow other writing of the time.
My guess is that while there must be photocopies of most of these hand written Bibles, I would doubt most of them have been recorded digitally as they surely will be.
This will result in an even greater explosion of Bible research. Ancient writing will be recorded numberically so the ability to identify patterns of spelling, grammer, words and changes by statistical probability will enhanced far beyond where we are today.
Many current secrets about who wrote what and why may eventually be revealed. Arguments between believers and their opponents will grow accordingly.