Fiction The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time

Walter Graves
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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet
Estimated Sales: 4 Billion
2
Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The A.B.C. Murders, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, A Pocket Full of Rye
Estimated Sales: 4 Billion
3
Barbara Cartland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Love in the ruins, As eagles fly, Messenger of love
Estimated Sales: 1 Billion
4
Harold Robbins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Dream Merchants, The Carpetbaggers, Stiletto
Estimated Sales: 750 Million
5
Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
La Premiere enquete de Maigret, La Marie Du Port, La Veuve Couderc
Estimated Sales: 700 Million
6
Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Bloodline, Rage of Angels, The Naked Face
Estimated Sales: 600 Million
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Enid Blyton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Fifth Formers of St. Clare's, Third Year at Malory Towers, The Rockingdown mystery
Estimated Sales: 600 Million
8
Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Long Road Home, Mirror Image, Honor Thyself
Estimated Sales: 600 Million
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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh
Estimated Sales: 500 Million
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Gilbert Patten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Frank Merriwell at Yale, Frank Merriwell, Junior's
Estimated Sales: 500 Million
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Estimated Sales: 450 Million
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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Resurrection
Estimated Sales: 413 Million
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Jackie Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Wives, The World Is Full of Married Men
Estimated Sales: 400 Million
14
Horatio Alger, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Ragged Dick, Ragged Dick, or
Estimated Sales: 400 Million
15
R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb
Estimated Sales: 400 Million
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Corín Tellado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Los amigos, Confundí tu cobardía, El Regreso De Guy/the Return of Guy
Estimated Sales: 400 Million
17
Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Watchers, Intensity, Phantoms
Estimated Sales: 400 Million
18
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Estimated Sales: 357 Million
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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Needful Things, The Stand, The Shining
Estimated Sales: 350 Million
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Louis L'Amour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Bendigo Shafter, Yondering, Dark Canyon
Estimated Sales: 330 Million
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Erle Stanley Gardner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Bedrooms have windows, Gold Comes in Bricks, The case of the gilded lily
Estimated Sales: 325 Million
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Jin Yong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Estimated Sales: 300 Million
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Jirō Akagawa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Estimated Sales: 300 Million
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Janet Dailey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Calder pride, Lone Calder star, The Proud and the Free
Estimated Sales: 300 Million
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Nora Roberts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Fiction Authors of all Time
Portrait in Death, Vengeance in Death, Promises in Death
Estimated Sales: 300 Million