Bestsellers The Best Selling Books of All Time

Jeff Moore
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In case you need a new read, here's a list of the best selling books of all time, including 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 of all time span multiple centuries, covering many genres (like horror and romance), writers, 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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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Charles Dickens Copies Sold: 200 million

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
J. R. R. Tolkien Copies Sold: 150 million

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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Copies Sold: 140 million

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
J. K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 120 million

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
J. R. R. Tolkien Copies Sold: 100 million

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Lewis Carroll

Copies Sold: 100 million

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Dream of the Red Chamber is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Cao Xueqin Copies Sold: 100 million

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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Agatha Christie Copies Sold: 100 million

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
C. S. Lewis Copies Sold: 85 million

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She: A History of Adventure is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
H. Rider Haggard Copies Sold: 83 million

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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Dan Brown Copies Sold: 80 million

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The Adventures of Pinocchio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Carlo Collodi

Copies Sold: 80 million

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
J. D. Salinger Copies Sold: 65 million

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The Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Paulo Coelho Copies Sold: 65 million

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Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
J. K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 65 million

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Steps to Christ is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Ellen G. White Copies Sold: 60 million

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Heidi's Years of Wandering and... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Copies Sold: 50 million

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The Common Sense Book of Baby ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Benjamin Spock Copies Sold: 50 million

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Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Lucy Maud Montgomery Copies Sold: 50 million

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Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Anna Sewell Copies Sold: 50 million

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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Umberto Eco Copies Sold: 50 million

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
E. B. White

Copies Sold: 50 million

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The Hite Report is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time

Copies Sold: 50 million

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Beatrix Potter Copies Sold: 45 million

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Richard Bach Copies Sold: 40 million

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A Message to Garcia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Elbert Hubbard Copies Sold: 40 million

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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Dan Brown Copies Sold: 39 million

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How the Steel Was Tempered is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Nikolai Ostrovsky Copies Sold: 36.4 million

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Leo Tolstoy

Copies Sold: 36 million

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You Can Heal Your Life is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Louise Hay Copies Sold: 35 million

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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Anne Frank

Copies Sold: 35 million

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Kane and Abel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Jeffrey Archer Copies Sold: 34 million

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The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Khaled Hosseini

Copies Sold: 31.5 million

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In His Steps: What Would Jesus... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Copies Sold: 30 million

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Harper Lee Copies Sold: 30 million

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Valley of the Dolls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Jacqueline Susann Copies Sold: 30 million

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Margaret Mitchell Copies Sold: 30 million

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One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Gabriel García Márquez Copies Sold: 30 million

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The Purpose Driven Life: What ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Rick Warren Copies Sold: 30 million

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The Thorn Birds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Colleen McCullough Copies Sold: 30 million

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Think and Grow Rich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Napoleon Hill Copies Sold: 30 million

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The Revolt of Mamie Stover is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
William Bradford Huie Copies Sold: 30 million

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Stieg Larsson Copies Sold: 30 million

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Eric Carle Copies Sold: 30 million

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The Late, Great Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Carla C. Carlson, Hal Lindsey Copies Sold: 28 million

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Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazin... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time

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The Wind in the Willows is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Kenneth Grahame Copies Sold: 25 million

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
George Orwell Copies Sold: 25 million

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The Seven Habits of Highly Eff... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Stephen Covey

Copies Sold: 25 million

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The Celestine Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
James Redfield Copies Sold: 23 million