bestsellers The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time

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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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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
William Shakespeare Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet - Estimated Sales: 4 Billion

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Agatha Christie The A.B.C. Murders, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Pocket Full of Rye - Estimated Sales: 4 Billion

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Barbara Cartland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Barbara Cartland Love in the ruins, As eagles fly, Messenger of love - Estimated Sales: 1 Billion

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Harold Robbins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Harold Robbins The Dream Merchants, The Carpetbaggers, Stiletto - Estimated Sales: 750 Million

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Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Georges Simenon La Premiere enquete de Maigret, La Marie Du Port, La Veuve Couderc - Estimated Sales: 700 Million

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Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Sidney Sheldon Bloodline, Rage of Angels, The Naked Face - Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Enid Blyton Fifth Formers of St. Clare's, Third Year at Malory Towers, The Rockingdown mystery - Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Danielle Steel The Long Road Home, Mirror Image, Honor Thyself - Estimated Sales: 600 Million

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh - Estimated Sales: 500 Million

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Gilbert Patten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Gilbert Patten Frank Merriwell at Yale, Frank Merriwell, Junior's - Estimated Sales: 500 Million

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Estimated Sales: 450 Million

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection - Estimated Sales: 413 Million

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Jackie Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Jackie Collins Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Wives, The World Is Full of Married Men - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Horatio Alger, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Horatio Alger, Jr. Ragged Dick, Ragged Dick, or - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
R. L. Stine Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Corín Tellado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Corín Tellado Los amigos, Confundí tu cobardía, El Regreso De Guy/the Return of Guy - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Dean Koontz Watchers, Intensity, Phantoms - Estimated Sales: 400 Million

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Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin Estimated Sales: 357 Million

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Stephen King Needful Things, The Stand, The Shining - Estimated Sales: 350 Million

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Louis L'Amour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Louis L'Amour Bendigo Shafter, Yondering, Dark Canyon - Estimated Sales: 330 Million

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Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Erle Stanley Gardner Bedrooms have windows, Gold Comes in Bricks, The case of the gilded lily - Estimated Sales: 325 Million

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Jin Yong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Jin Yong Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Jir? Akagawa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Jir? Akagawa Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Janet Dailey Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free - Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Nora Roberts Portrait in Death, Vengeance in Death, Promises in Death - Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Edgar Wallace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Edgar Wallace The Crimson Circle, Kate Plus Ten, The Man Who Changed His Name - Estimated Sales: 300 Million

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Robert Ludlum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Robert Ludlum The Bourne Identity, The Matarese Countdown, The Holcroft Covenant - Estimated Sales: 290 Million

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Frédéric Dard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Frédéric Dard Estimated Sales: 290 Million

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Stan and Jan Berenstain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Stan and Jan Berenstain The Bears' Christmas, The Bears' Picnic, Pajaritos Abejitas Y Los Osos Berenstain - Estimated Sales: 260 Million

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John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
John Grisham The Client, A Time to Kill, The Firm - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Zane Grey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Zane Grey Riders of the Purple Sage, To the Last Man, The Lone Star Ranger - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Irving Wallace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Irving Wallace The Seven Minutes, The Love Machine, The Fan Club - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Jeffrey Archer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Jeffrey Archer Kane and Abel, A Matter of Honour, Honour Among Thieves - Estimated Sales: 250 Million

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Karl May is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Karl May Der Mahdi, The Treasure of Silver Lake, In den Kordilleren - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Mickey Spillane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Mickey Spillane I, the Jury, The Goliath Bone - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
C. S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mere Christianity - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Kyotaro Nishimura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Kyotaro Nishimura The mystery train disappears - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol - Estimated Sales: 200 Million

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Ann M. Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Ann M. Martin Belle Teal, Bummer Summer, The Complete Guide to the Baby-Sitters Club

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Ry?tar? Shiba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Ry?tar? Shiba Estimated Sales: 180 Million

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Arthur Hailey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Arthur Hailey Airport, Hotel, The Moneychangers - Estimated Sales: 170 Million

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Gérard de Villiers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Gérard de Villiers Vengeance Tchétchène, Sas 148, SAS broie du noir - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Beatrix Potter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Beatrix Potter The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Michael Crichton Jurassic Park, The Lost World, The Andromeda Strain - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Richard Scarry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Richard Scarry Richard Scarry's busiest busytown ever!, Cars, Trucks and Things That Go - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
James Patterson Kiss the Girls, Violets Are Blue, Along Came a Spider - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Clive Cussler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Clive Cussler Raise the Titanic, Sahara Romanzo, Trojan Odyssey - Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Alistair McLean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Alistair McLean Estimated Sales: 150 Million

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Astrid Lindgren is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Astrid Lindgren Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Cherry Time at Bullerby - Estimated Sales: 145 Million