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The Best Selling Books of All Time

A list of the best selling books of all time, fiction and nonfiction best sellers. What are the best selling books of all time? Since religious and political books, such as The Holy Bible, are often given away for free, they have not been included on this list. These top selling books span multiple centuries, covering many genres and original languages. And if you think Harry Potter or Twilight top this list, think again, they're not even close. What books sell the most? That said, the most popular books are indeed novels, with the most popular published volumes going through multiple editions and reprints. What are the best selling books in history? A few nonfiction texts can also be found, but they are few and far between. If one enjoys reading, these are the best sellers of all bestsellers, as well as the answer to the question "what are the best selling books of all time?"

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    Charles Dickens Copies Sold: 200 million

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    J. R. R. Tolkien Copies Sold: 150 million

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    J. R. R. Tolkien Copies Sold: 100 million

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    Cao Xueqin Copies Sold: 100 million

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    Agatha Christie Copies Sold: 100 million

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    Copies Sold: 85 million

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    H. Rider Haggard Copies Sold: 83 million

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Copies Sold: 80 million

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    Dan Brown Copies Sold: 80 million

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    J. D. Salinger Copies Sold: 65 million

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    Paulo Coelho Copies Sold: 65 million

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    Ellen G. White Copies Sold: 60 million

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    Benjamin Spock Copies Sold: 50 million

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    Lucy Maud Montgomery Copies Sold: 50 million

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    Anna Sewell Copies Sold: 50 million

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    Umberto Eco Copies Sold: 50 million

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    Copies Sold: 48 million

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    E. B. White Copies Sold: 45 million

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    Beatrix Potter Copies Sold: 45 million

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    Richard Bach Copies Sold: 40 million

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    Copies Sold: 40 million

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    Dan Brown Copies Sold: 39 million

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    Nikolai Ostrovsky Copies Sold: 36.4 million

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    Leo Tolstoy Copies Sold: 36.0 million

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    Jan Carr Copies Sold: 35 million

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    Louise Hay Copies Sold: 35 million

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    Jeffrey Archer Copies Sold: 34 million

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    Anne Frank Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Harper Lee Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Jacqueline Susann Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Margaret Mitchell Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Gabriel García Márquez Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Rick Warren Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Colleen McCullough Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Napoleon Hill Copies Sold: 30 million

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    William Bradford Huie Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Stieg Larsson Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Eric Carle Copies Sold: 30 million

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    Copies Sold: 28 million

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    Kenneth Grahame Copies Sold: 25 million

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    George Orwell Copies Sold: 25 million

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    James Redfield Copies Sold: 23 million

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    Mario Puzo Copies Sold: 21 million

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    Copies Sold: 21 million

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    Lü Jiamin Copies Sold: 20 million

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    Copies Sold: 20 million

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