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Top best-selling books all time

This article provides lists of best-selling individual Books to date and in any language. "Best selling" refers to the estimated number of copies sold of each book, rather than the number of books printed or currently owned. Comics and textbooks are not included in this list. The books are listed according to the highest sales estimate as reported in reliable, independent sources.

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Don Quixote Don Quixote
By: Miguel de Cervantes
Sales: 500 million
A Tale of Two Cities A Tale of Two Cities
By: Charles Dickens
Sales: 200 million
The Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings
By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Sales: 150 million
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)
By: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Sales: 140 million
Harry Potter and the Philosopher Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
By: J. K. Rowling
Sales: 120 million
The Hobbit The Hobbit
By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Sales: 100 million
And Then There Were None And Then There Were None
By: Agatha Christie
Sales: 100 million
紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber) 紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber)
By: Cao Xueqin
Sales: 100 million
Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
By: Lewis Carroll
Sales: 100 million
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
By: C. S. Lewis
Sales: 85 million
She: A History of Adventure She: A History of Adventure
By: H. Rider Haggard
Sales: 83 million
Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio) Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio)
By: Carlo Collodi
Sales: >80 million
Vardi Wala Gunda Vardi Wala Gunda
By: Ved Prakash Sharma
Sales: >80 million
The Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Code
By: Dan Brown
Sales: 80 million
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
By: J. K. Rowling
Sales: 77 million
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
By: J. K. Rowling
Sales: 65 million
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
By: J. K. Rowling
Sales: 65 million
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
By: J. K. Rowling
Sales: 65 million
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
By: J. K. Rowling
Sales: 65 million
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By: J. K. Rowling
Sales: 65 million
The Alchemist The Alchemist
By: Paulo Coelho
Sales: 65 million
The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye
By: J. D. Salinger
Sales: 65 million
Think and Grow Rich Think and Grow Rich
By: Napoleon Hill
Sales: 60 million
The Bridges of Madison County The Bridges of Madison County
By: Robert James Waller
Sales: 60 million
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
By: Arthur Conan Doyle
Sales: 60 million
20,000 Leagues under the Sea 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
By: Jules Verne
Sales: 60 million
You Can Heal Your Life You Can Heal Your Life
By: Louise Hay
Sales: 50 million
Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude)
By: Gabriel García Márquez
Sales: 50 million
Lolita Lolita
By: Vladimir Nabokov
Sales: 50 million
Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi's Years of Learning and Travel)
By: Johanna Spyri
Sales: 50 million
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care
By: Dr. Benjamin Spock
Sales: 50 million
Anne of Green Gables Anne of Green Gables
By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Sales: 50 million
Black Beauty Black Beauty
By: Anna Sewell
Sales: 50 million
Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose)
By: Umberto Eco
Sales: 50 million
Watership Down Watership Down
By: Richard Adams
Sales: 50 million
The Hite Report The Hite Report
By: Shere Hite
Sales: 50 million
Charlotte Charlotte's Web
By: E.B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams
Sales: 50 million
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
By: Lew Wallace
Sales: 50 million
The Curse of Capistrano (also known as The Mark of Zorro) The Curse of Capistrano (also known as The Mark of Zorro)
By: Johnston McCulley
Sales: 50 million
The Tale of Peter Rabbit The Tale of Peter Rabbit
By: Beatrix Potter
Sales: 45 million
The Odyssey The Odyssey
By: Homer
Sales: 45 million
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Jonathan Livingston Seagull
By: Richard Bach
Sales: 44 million
The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By: Eric Carle
Sales: 43 million
A Message to Garcia A Message to Garcia
By: Elbert Hubbard
Sales: 40 million
Sofies verden (Sophie Sofies verden (Sophie's World)
By: Jostein Gaarder
Sales: 40 million
Flowers in the Attic Flowers in the Attic
By: V. C. Andrews
Sales: 40 million
To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird
By: Harper Lee
Sales: 40 million
Angels & Demons Angels & Demons
By: Dan Brown
Sales: 39 million
Kane and Abel Kane and Abel
By: Jeffrey Archer
Sales: 37 million
Как закалялась сталь (Kak zakalyalas Как закалялась сталь (Kak zakalyalas' stal'; How the Steel Was Tempered)
By: Nikolai Ostrovsky
Sales: 36.4 million copies in USSR
Война и мир (Voyna i mir; War and Peace) Война и мир (Voyna i mir; War and Peace)
By: Leo Tolstoy
Sales: 36.0 million copies in USSR
Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank) Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank)
By: Anne Frank
Sales: 35 million
Your Erroneous Zones Your Erroneous Zones
By: Wayne Dyer
Sales: 35 million
The Thorn Birds The Thorn Birds
By: Colleen McCullough
Sales: 33 million
The Kite Runner The Kite Runner
By: Khaled Hosseini
Sales: 31.5 million
In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?
By: Charles M. Sheldon
Sales: 30 million
The Lost Symbol The Lost Symbol
By: Dan Brown
Sales: 30 million
Gone with the Wind Gone with the Wind
By: Margaret Mitchell
Sales: 30 million
Nineteen Eighty-Four Nineteen Eighty-Four
By: George Orwell
Sales: 30 million
The Purpose Driven Life The Purpose Driven Life
By: Rick Warren
Sales: 30 million
Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
By: Stieg Larsson
Sales: 30 million
Молодая гвардия (Molodaya Gvardiya; The Young Guard) Молодая гвардия (Molodaya Gvardiya; The Young Guard)
By: Alexander Alexandrovich Fadeyev
Sales: 26 million copies in USSR
Who Moved My Cheese? Who Moved My Cheese?
By: Spencer Johnson
Sales: 26 million
The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby
By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Sales: 25 million
The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows
By: Kenneth Grahame
Sales: 25 million
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
By: Stephen R. Covey
Sales: 25 million
Поднятая целина (Podnyataya Tselina; Virgin Soil Upturned) Поднятая целина (Podnyataya Tselina; Virgin Soil Upturned)
By: Mikhail Sholokhov
Sales: 24 million copies in USSR
The Hunger Games The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins
Sales: 23 million
The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars
By: John Green
Sales: 23 million
The Shack The Shack
By: William P. Young
Sales: 22 million
Дядя Степа (Dyadya Styopa; Uncle Styopa) Дядя Степа (Dyadya Styopa; Uncle Styopa)
By: Sergey Mikhalkov
Sales: 21 million copies in USSR
The Godfather The Godfather
By: Mario Puzo
Sales: 21 million
Love Story Love Story
By: Erich Segal
Sales: 21 million
Gone Girl Gone Girl
By: Gillian Flynn
Sales: 20 million
The Girl on the Train The Girl on the Train
By: Paula Hawkins
Sales: 20 million
All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
By: Erich Maria Remarque
Sales: 20 million
The Bermuda Triangle The Bermuda Triangle
By: Charles Berlitz
Sales: 20 million
Things Fall Apart Things Fall Apart
By: Chinua Achebe
Sales: 20 million
Animal Farm Animal Farm
By: George Orwell
Sales: 20 million
Jaws Jaws
By: Peter Benchley
Sales: 20 million
Love You Forever Love You Forever
By: Robert Munsch
Sales: 20 million
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
By: Mark Twain
Sales: 20 million
Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice
By: Jane Austen
Sales: 20 million
Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války (The Good Soldier Švejk) Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války (The Good Soldier Švejk)
By: Jaroslav Hašek
Sales: 20 million
Where the Wild Things Are Where the Wild Things Are
By: Maurice Sendak
Sales: 20 million
The Power of Positive Thinking The Power of Positive Thinking
By: Norman Vincent Peale
Sales: 20 million
The Secret The Secret
By: Rhonda Byrne
Sales: 20 million
Dune Dune
By: Frank Herbert
Sales: 20 million
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
By: Roald Dahl
Sales: 20 million
The Naked Ape The Naked Ape
By: Desmond Morris
Sales: 20 million
Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon
By: Margaret Wise Brown
Sales: 16 million
Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)
By: Michael Ende
Sales: 16 million
The Outsiders The Outsiders
By: S. E. Hinton
Sales: 15 million
Guess How Much I Love You Guess How Much I Love You
By: Sam McBratney
Sales: 15 million
Shōgun Shōgun
By: James Clavell
Sales: 15 million
The Poky Little Puppy The Poky Little Puppy
By: Janette Sebring Lowrey
Sales: 15 million
The Pillars of the Earth The Pillars of the Earth
By: Ken Follett
Sales: 15 million
How to Win Friends and Influence People How to Win Friends and Influence People
By: Dale Carnegie
Sales: 15 million
Das Parfum (Perfume) Das Parfum (Perfume)
By: Patrick Süskind
Sales: 15 million
The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath
By: John Steinbeck
Sales: 15 million
La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind)
By: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Sales: 15 million
Interpreter of Maladies Interpreter of Maladies
By: Jhumpa Lahiri
Sales: 15 million
The Hitchhiker The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
By: Douglas Adams
Sales: 14 million
Tuesdays with Morrie Tuesdays with Morrie
By: Mitch Albom
Sales: 14 million
God God's Little Acre
By: Erskine Caldwell
Sales: 14 million
A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time
By: Madeleine L'Engle
Sales: 14 million
Long Walk to Freedom Long Walk to Freedom
By: Nelson Mandela
Sales: 14 million
Life After Life Life After Life
By: Raymond Moody
Sales: 13 million
Me Before You Me Before You
By: Jojo Moyes
Sales: 12 million
ノルウェイの森 (Noruwei no Mori; Norwegian Wood) ノルウェイの森 (Noruwei no Mori; Norwegian Wood)
By: Haruki Murakami
Sales: 12 million
Peyton Place Peyton Place
By: Grace Metalious
Sales: 12 million
La Peste (The Plague) La Peste (The Plague)
By: Albert Camus
Sales: 12 million
人間失格 (Ningen Shikkaku; No Longer Human) 人間失格 (Ningen Shikkaku; No Longer Human)
By: Osamu Dazai
Sales: 12 million
Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager (Man Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager (Man's Search for Meaning)
By: Viktor Frankl
Sales: 12 million
Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy) Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy)
By: Dante Alighieri
Sales: 11-12 million (during 20th century)
The Prophet The Prophet
By: Kahlil Gibran
Sales: 11 million
The Exorcist The Exorcist
By: William Peter Blatty
Sales: 11 million
The Gruffalo The Gruffalo
By: Julia Donaldson
Sales: 10.5 million
The Cat in the Hat The Cat in the Hat
By: Dr. Seuss
Sales: 10.5 million
The Help The Help
By: Kathryn Stockett
Sales: 10 million
Catch-22 Catch-22
By: Joseph Heller
Sales: 10 million
L L'Étranger (The Stranger (novel))
By: Albert Camus
Sales: 10 million
A Brief History of Time A Brief History of Time
By: Stephen Hawking
Sales: 10 million
The Lovely Bones The Lovely Bones
By: Alice Sebold
Sales: 10 million
Wild Swans Wild Swans
By: Jung Chang
Sales: 10 million
Santa Evita Santa Evita
By: Tomás Eloy Martínez
Sales: 10 million
中国社会主义经济问题研究 (Problems in China 中国社会主义经济问题研究 (Problems in China's Socialist Economy)
By: Xue Muqiao
Sales: 10 million
The Joy of Sex The Joy of Sex
By: Alex Comfort
Sales: 10 million
Life of Pi Life of Pi
By: Yann Martel
Sales: 10 million
The Giver The Giver
By: Lois Lowry
Sales: 10 million
The Magic of Thinking Big The Magic of Thinking Big
By: David Schwartz
Sales: 4 million

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