The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time Authors
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The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time

A list of the most popular best selling fiction authors of all time ranked by how well their books have sold. Obviously, many of those books have gone on to become classics. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The writers on this list wrote everything from pulp fiction novels to literature still revered to this day. This list is intended to help long-time readers, and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novelists the world has ever seen.

Also, please note that this list only includes fiction writers with sales figures that could at least be estimated.

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    Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet Estimated Sales: 4 Billion

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    The A.B.C. Murders, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Pocket Full of Rye Estimated Sales: 4 Billion

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    Love in the ruins, As eagles fly, Messenger of love Estimated Sales: 1 Billion

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    The Dream Merchants, The Carpetbaggers, Stiletto Estimated Sales: 750 Million

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    La Premiere enquete de Maigret, La Marie Du Port, La Veuve Couderc Estimated Sales: 700 Million

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    Bloodline, Rage of Angels, The Naked Face Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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    Fifth Formers of St. Clare's, Third Year at Malory Towers, The Rockingdown ... Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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    The Long Road Home, Mirror Image, Honor Thyself Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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    The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go! Estimated Sales: 500 Million

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    Estimated Sales: 500 Million

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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's ... Estimated Sales: 450 Million

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    War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection Estimated Sales: 413 Million

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    Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Wives, The World Is Full of Married Men Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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    Ragged Dick, Ragged Dick, or, Street life in New York with the ... Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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    Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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    Los amigos, Confundí tu cobardía, El Regreso De Guy/the ... Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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    Watchers, Intensity, Phantoms Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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    Estimated Sales: 357 Million

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    Needful Things, The Stand, That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in ... Estimated Sales: 350 Million

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    Bendigo Shafter, Yondering, Dark Canyon Estimated Sales: 330 Million

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    Bedrooms have windows, Gold Comes in Bricks, The case of the gilded lily ... Estimated Sales: 325 Million

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    Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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    Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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    Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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    Portrait in Death, Vengeance in Death, Promises in Death Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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    The Crimson Circle, Kate Plus Ten, The Man Who Changed His Name Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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    The Bourne Identity, The Matarese Countdown, The Holcroft Covenant Estimated Sales: 290 Million

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    Estimated Sales: 290 Million

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    The Bears' Christmas, The Bears' Picnic, Pajaritos Abejitas Y Los Osos ... Estimated Sales: 260 Million

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    The Client, A Time to Kill, The Firm Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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    Riders of the Purple Sage, To the Last Man, The Lone Star Ranger Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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    The Seven Minutes, The Love Machine, The Fan Club Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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    The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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    Kane and Abel, A Matter of Honour, Honour Among Thieves Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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    Der Mahdi, The Treasure of Silver Lake, In den Kordilleren Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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    I, the Jury, The Goliath Bone, The Eyes Still Have It Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape ... Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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    Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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    A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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    Belle Teal, Bummer Summer, The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club

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    Estimated Sales: 180 Million

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    Airport, Hotel, The Moneychangers Estimated Sales: 170 Million

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    Vengeance Tchétchène, Sas 148, SAS broie du noir Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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    The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Benjamin ... Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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    Jurassic Park, The Lost World, The Andromeda Strain Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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    Richard Scarry's busiest busytown ever!, Cars, Trucks and Things That Go, ... Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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    Kiss the Girls, Violets Are Blue, Along Came a Spider Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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    Raise the Titanic, Sahara Romanzo, Trojan Odyssey Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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    Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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    Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Cherry Time at Bullerby ... Estimated Sales: 145 Million

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