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The Best Selling Book Series of all Time

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A list of the best selling book series of all time. These series are the best sellers of all bestsellers. 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 book series 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 are the most popular book series of all time? What are the best selling books ever? The most famous books are indeed novels, with the most popular published volumes going through multiple editions and reprints. A few nonfiction texts can also be found, but they are few and far between. If one enjoys reading, these books are for you.
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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    First Published1997-06-26

    SubjectsWizards, Education, Adventure, Friendship, Schools

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Copies Sold: 400 million
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    Goosebumps

    Goosebumps

    R. L. Stine
    Copies Sold: 350 million
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    Perry Mason

    Perry Mason

    Thomas M. Leitch
    Copies Sold: 300 million
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    Berenstain Bears

    Berenstain Bears

    Stan and Jan Berenstain
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    Choose Your Own Adventure
    Copies Sold: 250 million
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    Sweet Valley High

    Sweet Valley High

    Jamie Suzzane
    Copies Sold: 250 million
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    Noddy

    Noddy

    Enid Blyton
    Copies Sold: 200 million
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    Nancy Drew

    Nancy Drew

    Sonja Morris, Terry Munson
    Copies Sold: 200 million
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    The Railway Series

    The Railway Series

    Reverend W. Awdry, Christopher Awdry

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Copies Sold: 200 million
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    The Baby-Sitters Club
    Copies Sold: 172 million
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    Star wars

    Star wars

    Andy Mangels

    SubjectsStar Wars, Cinema, Comics, Film

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Copies Sold: 160 million
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    The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    First Published1902

    SubjectsMedical, Games, Rabbits, Classics, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Copies Sold: 150 million
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    Chicken Soup for the Soul
    Copies Sold: 130 million
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    Frank Merriwell
    Copies Sold: 125 million
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    Dirk Pitt
    Copies Sold: 120 million
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    Musashi

    Musashi

    Eiji Yoshikawa

    First Published1935

    SubjectsJapan

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language, Japanese Language

    Copies Sold: 120 million
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    American Girl

    American Girl

    Page Edwards
    Copies Sold: 120 million
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    The Chronicles of Narnia
    Copies Sold: 120 million
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    Clifford, the Big Red Dog
    Copies Sold: 110 million
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    Twilight

    Twilight

    Stephenie Meyer

    First Published2005-10-05

    SubjectsEducation, Schools, Vampire, Love

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Horror Film, Fiction, Young adult literature, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Copies Sold: 100 million
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    Mr. Men

    Mr. Men

    Meredith Johnson
    Copies Sold: 100 million
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    Martine

    Martine

    Marcel Marlier
    Copies Sold: 100 million
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  • 23
    Miffy

    Miffy

    Dick Bruna
    Copies Sold: 85 million
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    Fear Street Sagas
    Copies Sold: 80 million
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    OSS 117
    Copies Sold: 75 million
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