The Best Selling Books of All Time

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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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    Peter Benchley Copies Sold: 20 million

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    Robert Munsch Copies Sold: 20 million

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    Jostein Gaarder Copies Sold: 20 million

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    Marilyn French Copies Sold: 20 million

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    Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel Copies Sold: 20 million

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    Maurice Sendak Copies Sold: 19 million

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    Rhonda Byrne

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    Erica Jong Copies Sold: 18 million

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    Margaret Wise Brown Copies Sold: 16 million

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    Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Sh?gun is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time

    Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Janette Sebring Lowrey Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Ken Follett Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Dale Carnegie Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Patrick Süskind Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Gretel Ehrlich Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Carlos Ruiz Zafón Copies Sold: 15 million

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  19. 69

    William P. Young Copies Sold: 15 million

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    Mitch Albom Copies Sold: 14 million

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    Erskine Caldwell Copies Sold: 14 million

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    Susanna Tamaro Copies Sold: 14 million

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    S. E. Hinton Copies Sold: 13 million

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    Roald Dahl Copies Sold: 13 million

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    Haruki Murakami Copies Sold: 12 million

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    Grace Metalious Copies Sold: 12 million

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    Frank Herbert Copies Sold: 12 million

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    Albert Camus Copies Sold: 12 million

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    Osamu Dazai Copies Sold: 12 million

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    Desmond Morris Copies Sold: 12 million

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    Robert James Waller Copies Sold: 12 million

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    Dante Alighieri Copies Sold: 11-12 million

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    Chinua Achebe Copies Sold: 11 million

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    Khalil Gibran Copies Sold: 11 million

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    William Peter Blatty Copies Sold: 11 million

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    Julia Donaldson Copies Sold: 10.5 million

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    Joseph Heller Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Ken Follett Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Stephen Hawking Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Dr. Seuss Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Alice Sebold Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Jung Chang Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Tomás Eloy Martínez, Tomás Eloy Martínez Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Elie Wiesel Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Khaled Hosseini Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Copies Sold: 10 million

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    The Total Woman is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time

    Marabel Morgan Copies Sold: 10 million

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    Knowledge-value Revolution is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time

    Copies Sold: 10 million

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