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The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time

A list of the most popular best selling fiction authors of all time ranked by how well their books have sold. Obviously, many of those books have gone on to become classics. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The writers on this list wrote everything from pulp fiction novels to literature still revered to this day. This list is intended to help long-time readers, and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novelists the world has ever seen.

Also, please note that this list only includes fiction writers with sales figures that could at least be estimated.
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  • William Shakespeare
    1
    Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 4 Billion
  • Agatha Christie
    2
    The A.B.C. Murders, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Pocket Full of Rye
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 4 Billion
  • Barbara Cartland
    3
    Love in the ruins, As eagles fly, Messenger of love
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 1 Billion
  • Harold Robbins
    4
    The Dream Merchants, The Carpetbaggers, Stiletto
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 750 Million
  • Georges Simenon
    5
    La Premiere enquete de Maigret, La Marie Du Port, La Veuve Couderc
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 700 Million
  • Sidney Sheldon
    6
    Bloodline, Rage of Angels, The Naked Face
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 600 Million
  • Enid Blyton
    7
    Fifth Formers of St. Clare's, Third Year at Malory Towers, The Rockingdown mystery
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 600 Million
  • Danielle Steel
    8
    The Long Road Home, Mirror Image, Honor Thyself
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 600 Million
  • Dr. Seuss
    9
    The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 500 Million
  • Gilbert Patten
    10
    Frank Merriwell at Yale, Frank Merriwell, Junior's
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 500 Million
  • J. K. Rowling
    11
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 450 Million
  • Leo Tolstoy
    12
    War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 413 Million
  • Jackie Collins
    13
    Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Wives, The World Is Full of Married Men
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 400 Million
  • Horatio Alger, Jr.
    14
    Ragged Dick, Ragged Dick, or
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 400 Million
  • R. L. Stine
    15
    Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 400 Million
  • Corín Tellado
    16
    Los amigos, Confundí tu cobardía, El Regreso De Guy/the Return of Guy
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 400 Million
  • Dean Koontz
    17
    Watchers, Intensity, Phantoms
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 400 Million
  • Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin
    18

    Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin

    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 357 Million
  • Stephen King
    19
    Needful Things, The Stand, The Shining
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 350 Million
  • Louis L'Amour
    20
    Bendigo Shafter, Yondering, Dark Canyon
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 330 Million
  • Erle Stanley Gardner
    21
    Bedrooms have windows, Gold Comes in Bricks, The case of the gilded lily
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 325 Million
  • Jin Yong
    22

    Jin Yong

    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 300 Million
  • Jirō Akagawa
    23

    Jirō Akagawa

    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 300 Million
  • Janet Dailey
    24
    Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 300 Million
  • Nora Roberts
    25
    Portrait in Death, Vengeance in Death, Promises in Death
    Amazon
    Estimated Sales: 300 Million