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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
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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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Harry Potter and the Phi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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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
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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
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The Lion, the Witch and ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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She: A History of Advent... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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The Adventures of Pinocc... 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
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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 Dea... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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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 Wanderi... 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... 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
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Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
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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
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Jonathan Livingston Seag... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Books of All Time
Richard Bach
Copies Sold: 40 million