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
#14 – The Catcher in the Rye (65 million copies sold)
by J.D. Salinger
#5 – Choose Your Own Adventure series (250 million copies sold)
by various authors
#7 – Noddy series (200 million copies sold)
by Enid Blyton
#10 – San-Antonio series (200 million copies sold)
by Frédéric Dard
#11 – Robert Langdon series (200 million copies sold)
#14 – Little Critter series (150 million copies sold)
by Mercer Mayer
#24 – Martine (100 million copies sold)
by Gilbert Delahaye and Marcel Marlier
II. Best Nonfiction Books
These are the best nonfiction books to read, listed by category.
- Best Art and Creativity Books
- Best Biographies and Memoirs
- Best Business Books
- Best Fitness Books
- Best History Books
- Best Philosophy Books
- Best Psychology Books
- Best Science Books
- Best Self-Help Books
- Best Writing Books
III. Best Fiction Books
These are the best fiction books to read, listed by category.
Sales data for the best-selling books can be found on this page.
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.