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Introduction

Which are the best-selling books of all time?

Books propose a similar standard of entertainment to a TV show. There are many volumes, editions, serials, parts, and sequels of these literary works packed up in libraries worldwide.

However, since the advent of ebooks and other soft copies, the sale of books has decreased significantly. This is because the latest developments in book marketing now favor sellers that operate online.

Nonetheless, the hard copy publication is still around and has also been given a reasonable share of attention.

So in this context, we will be dealing with books that have accomplished a high volume of sales. Listed below are the best-selling books:

20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Author: J.K Rowling

Published: 21, July 2007

Copies Sold: 50 Million

Kicking-off the list for the best-selling books of all time is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The book is rated as one of the best fiction for adults by the US library.

Written by a British author, the publication sold for an incredible 2.65 million copies in the UK just within 24 hours of release. Consequently, it won a Guinness World Record and is one of the most demanded books in history.
 

19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Published: 21, June 2003

Copies Sold: 55 Million

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is one of the best-selling books of all time.

It is the fifth installation of the fictional publication which is based on the story of Harry Potter. Just like the previous one we discussed, the novel made a flash sale during the first 24 hours of its release – over 5 million copies were sold.

18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Published: 8, July 2000

Copies Sold: 55 Million

The third consecutive Harry Potter book on the list is the Goblet of Fire.

It’s the fourth publication of the novel and the only one to win a Hugo Award in the series.

The best-selling book was published in the USA and UK. This is a rare accomplishment.

17. The Catcher in the Rye

Published: 1923

Copies Sold: 60 Million

The Catcher in the Rye is the 17th best-selling book of all time.

Since its release, the book has hit over 60 million copies sales worldwide. It was written in 1923 but was published as fiction in 1951.

The book has also won several awards and is among Time Magazine’s best novels.

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16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Published: 2, July 1988

Copies Sold: 60 Million 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is one of the top-selling books in the world.

Published by Scholastic Inc – the United States and Bloomsbury – United Kingdom, the fictional work received a lot of acclaims and was later authorized to be developed as a movie in 2002.

15. The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

Published: 1988

Copies Sold: 65 Million

Coming in next on the list of best-selling books is The Alchemist.

It was initially published in Portuguese but as time went on, translations were made and the book because very popular.

14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Published: 16 July 2005

Copies Sold: 65 Million

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of the best publications in the series.

The 2006 “Book of the Year” winner had over 9 million copies bought within 24 hours of release.
 

13. Think and Grow Rich

Author: Napoleon Hill

Published: 1937

Copies Sold: 70 Million

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the best personal development books of all time.

It is a motivational classic that drives the mind of the reader towards becoming successful in terms of finance and wealth.

It is one of the “must-read publications” and has sold over an impressive 70 million copies since its release.

12. The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown

Published: 2003

Copies Sold: 80 Million

Coming in next on the list, The Da Vinci Code is one of the best-selling books of all time.

The 2003 publication is a mystery thriller that has been translated into 44 different dialects.

It has achieved a landmark sale of over 80 million copies and is in high demand all year round.

11. She: A History of Adventure

Author: H.Rider Haggard

Published: 1887

Copies Sold: 83 Million

She: A History of Adventure by H.Rider Haggard is one of the long-standing best-selling books.

Released far back in 1887, the book is motivated by the occurrences in South Africa involving Rider Haggards.

However, the book has all been sold out. More so, the book had achieved over 83 Million sales worldwide.

10. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

Author: C.S. Lewis

Published: 1950

Copies Sold: 85 Million

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is the 10th best-selling book of all time.

It is based on the “Chronicles of Narnia” and is attributed as a Young-Adult book.

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9. The Hobbit

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Published: 21, September 1937

Copies Sold: 100 Million

The hobbit is one of the best-selling books of all time.

The publication is a child fantasy novel that was extremely popular. It ran out of copies and in a bid to continue the legacy, the book was adopted as a movie in 2012.
 

8. Dream of the Red Chamber

Published: 18th century

Copies Sold: 100 Million

Selling over 100 million copies worldwide, Dream of the Red Chamber has earned its right to be among the best-selling books of all time.

It is Chinese literature and is known to be one of the hilltops of china’s fictional work.

This master-class is believed to be a biography and it was written during the Qing regime.
 

7. And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Published: 1939

Copies Sold: 100 Million

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is one of the best-selling books of all time.

The text is a mystery novel that was initially published in the united kingdom but under a varied title. The second edition was later published in the United States in 1940 with its current name.

6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Published: 26, June 1997

Copies Sold: 120 Million

Coming in next on the list, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is one of the best-selling British publications.

This fantasy novel was initially published in the United Kingdom in 1997 under a different caption. The subsequent year, it was released in the USA with its current name.

The best-seller has been interpreted into 73 varied languages and has won several industry awards.

5. The Little Prince

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Published: 1943

Copies Sold: 142 Million

Breaking in among the top 5 spots on the list, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is one of the best-selling books in the world.

Published by Reynal and Hitchcock, the book has over 142 Million sold and is one of the most translated novels in history.

4. The Lord of The Rings

Author: J.R.R Tolkien

Copies Sold: 150 Million

Cementing its position among the “top four”, The Lord of The Rings has over 150 million copies sold out worldwide.

It is the continuation of “The Hobbit” and is fantasy fiction. It is one of the greatest novels of all time.

3. A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens

Published: 1859

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Copies Sold: 200 Million

The third best-selling book of all time is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

It is a chronological story about pre-incidents and post-events during the dynasty of the French Revolution.

It is labeled as the best literary work by Charles Dickens and has passed a sale milestone of 200 million copies worldwide.

2. Xinhua Zidian

Copies Sold: 400 Million

Missing the top spot on the list, Xinhua Zidian is the second best-selling book of all time.

The publication is a Chinese dictionary that contains conventional symbols, logograms, and characters.

Also, it is the best-selling dictionary in China and one of the most-cited publications in the world. The book sold has over 400 million copies sold out worldwide.

1. Don Quixote

Author: Miguel de Cervantes

Published: 1605 and 1615

Copies Sold: 500 Million

The crown for the best-selling book of all time goes to Don Quixote. The novel is the work of Miguel de Cervantes – a Spanish author.

The literary work is considered to be one of the core novels that led to the growth of contemporary publications.

This long-standing book has broken the world-record sale of over 500 million copies.

Unbelievable!

Conclusion

Some books have broken records in terms of financial sales. These works are known to engage readers and consequently taunt them with psychological feelings on the course of reading.

Making such enormous sales is not a simple task and as such, there is certainly a reason why these best-selling books are worth more than their adversaries.

While it may largely be attributed to quality content, factors like design and marketing strategies can not be completely ruled out.

Which is your favorite best-selling book?

Before ending the post, listed below is a timely overview of the 20 best-selling books of all time:

  1. Don Quixote
  2. Xinhua Zidian
  3. A Tale of Two Cities
  4. The Lord of The Rings
  5. The Little Prince
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
  7. And Then There Were None
  8. Dream of the Red Chamber
  9. The Hobbit
  10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  11. She: A History of Adventure
  12. The Da Vinci Code
  13. Think and Grow Rich
  14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  15. The Alchemist
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  17. The Catcher in the Rye
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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