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 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
A Tale of Two Cities 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
The Lord of the Rings 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
The Little Prince 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
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 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
The Hobbit 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
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 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
Dream of the Red Chamber 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
And Then There Were None 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
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 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
She: A History of Adventure 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
The Da Vinci Code 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
The Adventures of Pinocchio 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
The Catcher in the Rye 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
The Alchemist 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
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 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
Steps to Christ 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
Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning 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
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care 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
Anne of Green Gables 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
Black Beauty 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
The Name of the Rose 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
Charlotte's Web 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
The Hite Report

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
The Tale of Peter Rabbit 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
Jonathan Livingston Seagull 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
A Message to Garcia 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
Angels & Demons 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
How the Steel Was Tempered 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
War and Peace 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
You Can Heal Your Life 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
The Diary of a Young Girl 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
Kane and Abel 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
The Kite Runner 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
In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? 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
To Kill a Mockingbird 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
Valley of the Dolls 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
Gone with the Wind 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
One Hundred Years of Solitude 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
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? 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
The Thorn Birds 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
Think and Grow Rich 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
The Revolt of Mamie Stover 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
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 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
The Very Hungry Caterpillar 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
The Late, Great Planet Earth 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
The Wind in the Willows 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
Nineteen Eighty-Four 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
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 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
The Celestine Prophecy James Redfield Copies Sold: 23 million