Culture 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 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