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 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