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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 Stone1

    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
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J....  more
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  • Goosebumps2

    Goosebumps

    R. L. Stine
    Copies Sold: 350 million
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  • Perry Mason3

    Perry Mason

    Thomas M. Leitch
    Copies Sold: 300 million
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  • Berenstain Bears4

    Berenstain Bears

    Stan and Jan Berenstain
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  • Choose Your Own Adventure5
    Copies Sold: 250 million
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  • Sweet Valley High6

    Sweet Valley High

    Jamie Suzzane
    Copies Sold: 250 million
    Sweet Valley High is a novel series created by Francine Pascal, who presided over a team of...  more
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  • Noddy7

    Noddy

    Enid Blyton
    Copies Sold: 200 million
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  • Nancy Drew8

    Nancy Drew

    Sonja Morris, Terry Munson
    Copies Sold: 200 million
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  • The Railway Series9

    The Railway Series

    Reverend W. Awdry, Christopher Awdry

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Copies Sold: 200 million
    The Railway Series is a set of story books about a railway system located on the fictional...  more
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  • The Baby-Sitters Club10
    Copies Sold: 172 million
    The Baby-Sitters Club is a series of novels written by Ann M. Martin and published by...  more
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  • Star wars11

    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 Rabbit12

    First Published1902

    SubjectsMedical, Games, Rabbits, Classics, Adventure

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Copies Sold: 150 million
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix...  more
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  • Chicken Soup for the Soul13
    Copies Sold: 130 million
    Chicken Soup for the Soul is a publishing, consumer goods and media company based in Cos Cob,...  more
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  • Frank Merriwell14
    Copies Sold: 125 million
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  • Dirk Pitt15
    Copies Sold: 120 million
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  • Musashi16

    Musashi

    Eiji Yoshikawa

    First Published1935

    SubjectsJapan

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language, Japanese Language

    Copies Sold: 120 million
    Musashi is a Japanese novel written by Eiji Yoshikawa. It was serialized in 1935 in the...  more
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  • American Girl17

    American Girl

    Page Edwards
    Copies Sold: 120 million
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia18
    Copies Sold: 120 million
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  • Clifford, the Big Red Dog19
    Copies Sold: 110 million
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  • Twilight20

    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
    Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. It is the first...  more
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  • Mr. Men21

    Mr. Men

    Meredith Johnson
    Copies Sold: 100 million
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  • Martine22

    Martine

    Marcel Marlier
    Copies Sold: 100 million
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  • Miffy23

    Miffy

    Dick Bruna
    Copies Sold: 85 million
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  • Fear Street Sagas24
    Copies Sold: 80 million
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  • OSS 11725
    Copies Sold: 75 million
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