The Best Selling Books of All Time

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
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    Charles Dickens
    • First Published: 1859
    • Subjects: Literary, French Revolution, Revenge, English Language, German Language
    • Genres (Book): Fiction, Novel, Historical novel, Social criticism
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 200 million
  • The Lord of the Rings
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    J. R. R. Tolkien
    • First Published: 1954-07-29
    • Subjects: Literary, Epic film, Literature, Classics, Drama
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Chivalric romance, Fiction, Adventure fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 150 million
  • The Little Prince
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    • First Published: 1943
    • Genres (Book): Novel
    • Original Language: French Language

    Copies Sold: 140 million

    • First Published: 1997-06-26
    • Subjects: Wizards, Education, Adventure, Friendship, Schools
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language

    Copies Sold: 120 million

  • The Hobbit
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    J. R. R. Tolkien
    • First Published: 1937-09-21
    • Subjects: Wizards, Literary, Epic film, Literature, Classics
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Epic, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 100 million
    • First Published: 1865

    Copies Sold: 100 million

    • Genres (Book): Novel
    • Original Language: Chinese language
    Copies Sold: 100 million
  • And Then There Were None
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    • First Published: 1939-11-06
    • Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Suspense, Children's literature, Mystery, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 100 million
    • First Published: 1950
    • Subjects: Evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 85 million
  • She: A History of Adventure
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    • First Published: 1887
    • Subjects: Literary, Literature, Reincarnation, Classics, Women
    • Genres (Book): Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Chivalric romance, Fiction, Gothic fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 83 million
    • First Published: 2003-04
    • Subjects: Fibonacci number, Espionage, Suspense, Adventure, English Language
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Crime Fiction, Conspiracy fiction, Suspense, Mystery
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 80 million
    • First Published: 1883
    • Subjects: Pinocchio, Adventure
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Humour, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: Italian Language

    Copies Sold: 80 million

  • The Catcher in the Rye
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    • First Published: 1951-07-16
    • Subjects: Popular literature, Teenage rebellion, Literature, Human sexuality, Psychological identity
    • Genres (Book): First-person narrative, Sports, Bildungsroman, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 65 million
  • The Alchemist
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    Paulo Coelho
    • First Published: 1988
    • Subjects: Literary, Mythology, New Age, Literature, Visionary
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Quest, Drama, Historical fiction, Fiction
    • Original Language: Portuguese Language
    Copies Sold: 65 million
    • First Published: 2007-07-21
    • Subjects: Wizards, Education, Literature, Coming of age, Schools
    • Genres (Book): Bildungsroman, Magic realism, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language

    Copies Sold: 65 million

  • Steps to Christ
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    Ellen G. White
    • First Published: 1892
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 60 million
  • Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning
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    Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning

    Copies Sold: 50 million
    • First Published: 1946-07-14
    • Subjects: Parenting, Child care, Psychology
    Copies Sold: 50 million
  • Anne of Green Gables
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    Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • First Published: 1908-06
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 50 million
  • Black Beauty
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    Anna Sewell
    • First Published: 1877-11-24
    • Subjects: Literary, Horse, 19th century, Places, Literary criticism
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 50 million
    • First Published: 1980
    • Subjects: Literary, Literature, Classics, Italy, History
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Suspense, Historical fiction, Historical whodunnit, Mystery
    • Original Language: Italian Language
    Copies Sold: 50 million
  • Charlotte's Web
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    E. B. White
    • First Published: 1952
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language

    Copies Sold: 50 million

  • The Hite Report
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    The Hite Report

    Copies Sold: 50 million

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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    • First Published: 1902
    • Subjects: Medical, Games, Rabbits, Classics, Adventure
    • Genres (Book): Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Copies Sold: 45 million
    • Subjects: Classics, Literary
    • Genres (Book): Fiction
    Copies Sold: 40 million