Highest Selling Books Of All Time

As I do enjoy reading, I was wonder what the highest selling books of all time were. Here is the list below, for single volume books, not series. Some of the results are quite surprising!

Title Author Language Year Released Copies sold (Millions)
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens English 1859 200+
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien English 1954–1955 150
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien English 1937 100+
Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin Chinese 1759-1791 100+
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie English 1939 100
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis English 1950 85
She H. Rider Haggard English 1887 83
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French 1943 80
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown English 2003 80
Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill English 1937 70
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger English 1951 65
O Alquimista (The Alchemist) Paulo Coelho Portuguese 1988 65
Steps to Christ Ellen G. White English 1892 60
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov English 1955 50
Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi’s Years of Wandering and Learning) Johanna Spyri German 1880 50
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Dr. Benjamin Spock English 1946 50
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery English 1908 50
Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions: The autobiography of a horse Anna Sewell English 1877 50
Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) Umberto Eco Italian 1980 50
The Hite Report Shere Hite English 1976 48
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams English 1952 45
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter English 1902 45
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. K. Rowling English 2007 44
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach English 1970 40
A Message to Garcia Elbert Hubbard English 1899 40
Angels and Demons Dan Brown English 2000 39
Kak zakalyalas’ stal’; How the Steel Was Tempered Nikolai Ostrovsky Russian 1932 36
Voyna i mir; War and Peace Leo Tolstoy Russian 1869 36
Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio) Carlo Collodi Italian 1881 35
You Can Heal Your Life Louise Hay English 1984 35
Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer English 1979 34
Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank) Anne Frank Dutch 1947 30
In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? Charles M. Sheldon English 1896 30
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee English 1960 30
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann English 1966 30
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell English 1936 30
Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) Gabriel García Márquez Spanish 1967 30
The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren English 2002 30
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough English 1977 30
The Revolt of Mamie Stover William Bradford Huie English 1951 30
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (original title: Män som hatar kvinnor) Stieg Larsson Swedish 2005 30
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle English 1969 30
The Late, Great Planet Earth Hal Lindsey, C. C. Carlson English 1970 28
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson English 1998 26
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame English 1908 25
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell English 1949 25
The Celestine Prophecy James Redfield English 1993 23
The Godfather Mario Puzo English 1969 21
Love Story Erich Segal English 1970 21
Wolf Totem Jiang Rong Chinese 2004 20
The Happy Hooker: Her Own Story Xaviera Hollander English 1971 20
Jaws Peter Benchley English 1974 20
Love You Forever Robert Munsch English 1986 20
Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder Norwegian 1991 20
The Women’s Room Marilyn French English 1977 20
What to Expect When You’re Expecting Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Murkoff English 1984 20
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak English 1963 19
The Secret Rhonda Byrne English 2006 19
Fear of Flying Erica Jong English 1973 18
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown English 1947 16
Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney English 1994 15
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey English 1989 15
Sho-gun James Clavell English 1975 15
The Poky Little Puppy Janette Sebring Lowrey English 1942 15
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett English 1989 15
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie English 1936 15
Das Parfum (Perfume) Patrick Süskind German 1985 15
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck English 1939 15
The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans English 1995 15
La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) Carlos Ruiz Zafón Spanish 2001 15
The Shack William P. Young English 2007 15
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams English 1979 14
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom English 1997 14
God’s Little Acre Erskine Caldwell English 1933 14
Va’ dove ti porta il cuore (Follow Your Heart) Susanna Tamaro Italian 1994 14
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton English 1967 13
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl English 1964 13
Noruwei no Mori (Norwegian Wood) Haruki Murakami Japanese 1987 12+
Peyton Place Grace Metalious English 1956 12
Dune Frank Herbert English 1965 12
La Peste (The Plague) Albert Camus French 1947 12
No Longer Human Osamu Dazai Japanese 1948 12
The Naked Ape Desmond Morris English 1968 12
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller English 1992 12
Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri Italian 1304 12
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe English 1958 11
The Prophet Khalil Gibran English 1923 11
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty English 1971 11
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson English 1999 11
Catch-22 Joseph Heller English 1961 10
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett English 1978 10
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking English 1988 10
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss English 1957 10
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold English 2002 10
Wild Swans Jung Chang English 1992 10
Santa Evita Tomás Eloy Martínez Spanish 1995 10
Night Elie Wiesel Yiddish 1958 10
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini English 2003 10
Yu Dan’s gain from the Analects Yu Dan Chinese 2006 10
The Total Woman Marabel Morgan English 1974 10
Knowledge-value Revolution Taichi Sakaiya Japanese 1985 10
Problems in China’s Socialist Economy Xue Muqiao Chinese 1979 10
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles English 1970 10
The Dukan Diet Pierre Dukan French 2010 10

I found all this data here. Some of them sound quite interesting, I will have to get onto those.

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2 replies on “Highest Selling Books Of All Time

  1. Hi there, just stumbled on this web site from digg. It is not an article I would normally read, but I liked your spin on it. Thanx for creating a piece worth reading!


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