Best-Selling Books of All-Time

This page includes a list of the 25 best-selling books of all-time as well as the 25 best-selling book series of all-time. Best-selling books are ranked by number of copies sold, not my personal ratings.

Also, it is worth noting that some religious and political books such as The Bible, Quran, and Quotations from Chairman Mao are believed to have more than a billion copies each in existence. However, sales numbers for these books are nearly impossible to track because many are given away by churches or governments. Additionally, these books have often been printed by a wide range of publishers over centuries, many of them unreported. For these reasons, major religious and political texts are not listed here, but we can all agree that they are among the top selling books of all-time. 1

25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time


Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

#1 – Don Quixote (500 million copies sold) 2
by Miguel de Cervantes
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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

#2 – A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies sold)
by Charles Dickens
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Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

#3 – The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies sold)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

#4 – The Little Prince (142 million copies sold)
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

#5 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (107 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

#6 – And Then There Were None (100 million copies sold)
by Agatha Christie
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The Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

#7 – The Dream of the Red Chamber (100 million copies sold)
by Cao Xueqin
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The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

#8 – The Hobbit (100 million copies sold)
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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She by H. Rider Haggard

#9 – She: A History of Adventure (100 million copies sold)
by H. Rider Haggard
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

#10 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (85 million copies sold)
by C.S. Lewis
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

#11 – The Da Vinci Code (80 million copies sold)
by Dan Brown
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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

#12 – Think and Grow Rich (70 million copies sold)
by Napoleon Hill
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

#13 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (65 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

#14 – The Catcher in the Rye (65 million copies sold)
by J.D. Salinger
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

#15 – The Alchemist (65 million copies sold)
by Paulo Coelho
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

#16 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (60 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

#17 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (55 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

#18 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (55 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by JK Rowling

#19 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (55 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

#20 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (50 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

#21 – One Hundred Years of Solitude (50 million copies sold)
by Gabriel García Marquez
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

#22 – Lolita (50 million copies sold)
by Vladimir Nabokov
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Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

#23 – Anne of Green Gables (50 million copies sold)
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Charlotte's Web by EB White

#24 – Charlotte’s Web (50 million copies sold)
by E.B. White
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Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

#25 – Black Beauty (50 million copies sold)
by Anna Sewell
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25 Best-Selling Book Series of All-Time

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

#1 – Harry Potter series (450 million copies sold)
by J.K. Rowling
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Goosebumps by RL Stine

#2 – Goosebumps series (300 million copies sold)
by R.L. Stein
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Perry Mason by Erle Gardner

#3 – Perry Mason series (300 million copies sold)
by Erle Stanley Gardner
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The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

#4 – Berenstain Bears series (260 million copies sold)
by Stan and Jan Berenstain
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Choose Your Own Adventure by Edward Packard

#5 – Choose Your Own Adventure series (250 million copies sold)
by various authors
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Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

#6 – Sweet Valley High (250 million copies sold)
by Francine Pascal
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Noddy by Enid Blyton

#7 – Noddy series (200 million copies sold)
by Enid Blyton
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Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

#8 – Nancy Drew series (200 million copies sold)
by Carolyn Keene
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Thomas the Tank Engine by W Awdry

#9 – Thomas the Tank Engine series (200 million copies sold)
by W. Awdry
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San Antonio by Frederic Dard

#10 – San-Antonio series (200 million copies sold)
by Frédéric Dard
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

#11 – Robert Langdon series (200 million copies sold)

by Dan Brown
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Babysitter's Club by Ann Martin

#12 – The Baby-sitters Club (172 million copies sold)
by Ann Martin
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Star Wars by various authors

#13 – Star Wars series (150 million copies sold)
by various authors
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Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

#14 – Little Critter series (150 million copies sold)
by Mercer Mayer
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Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

#15 – Peter Rabbit (150 million copies sold)
by Beatrix Potter
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Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

#16 – Chicken Soup for the Soul series (130 million copies sold)
by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
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American Girl series

#17 – American Girl series (120 million copies sold)
by various authors
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

#18 – The Chronicles of Narnia series (120 million copies sold)
by C.S. Lewis
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Mr. Men by Roger Hargreaves

#19 – Mr. Men (120 million copies sold)
by Roger Hargreaves
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Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

#20 – The Twilight Saga (120 million copies sold)
by Stephenie Meyer
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

#21 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (120 million copies sold)
by Jeff Kinney
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Clifford by Normal Bridwell

#22 – Clifford the Big Red Dog series (110 million copies sold)
by Norman Bridwell
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James Bond by Ian Fleming

#23 – James Bond 007 series (100 million copies sold)
by Ian Fleming
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Martine by Delahaye Marlier

#24 – Martine (100 million copies sold)
by Gilbert Delahaye and Marcel Marlier
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Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

#25 – Fifty Shades trilogy (100 million copies sold)
by E. L. James
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II. Best Nonfiction Books

These are the best nonfiction books to read, listed by category.

  1. Best Art and Creativity Books
  2. Best Biographies and Memoirs
  3. Best Business Books
  4. Best Fitness Books
  5. Best History Books
  6. Best Philosophy Books
  7. Best Psychology Books
  8. Best Science Books
  9. Best Self-Help Books
  10. Best Writing Books

III. Best Fiction Books

These are the best fiction books to read, listed by category.

  1. Best Novels of All-Time
  2. Best Fantasy Books
  3. Best Mystery Books

Or, browse all book recommendations.

Footnotes
  1. Sales data for the best-selling books can be found on this page.

  2. Don Quixote was published in 1605, so it is very old and sales figures are hard to track. Although the exact number of copies sold is unknown, it is thought to be over 500 million and certainly more than any other non-political or non-religious book on the list.