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This page provides lists of best-selling single-volume books and book series 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. This list is incomplete because there are many books, such as Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the individual Harry Potter books, that are commonly cited as "best-selling books" yet have no reliable sales figures. There is a separate section on this page for books known to have sold over 10 million copies but do not have figures for their final sales data.

The Bible, the Qur'an and Quotations from Chairman Mao are widely reported as some of the most printed and also some of the most distributed books worldwide,[1][2][3][4] with hundreds of millions of copies of each of them believed to be in existence. Exact print figures for some such books may also be missing or unreliable since these kinds of books may be produced by many different and unrelated publishers, in some cases over many centuries.[citation needed] All books of a religious, ideological, philosophical or political nature have been excluded from this List of best-selling books for these reasons.

List of best-selling single-volume books[edit]

More than 100 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
A Tale of Two CitiesCharles DickensEnglish1859200 million[5]
The Lord of the Rings (Sometimes considered a series.)J. R. R. TolkienEnglish1954–1955150 million[6]
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)Antoine de Saint-ExupéryFrench[Note 1]1943140 million[7]
And Then There Were NoneAgatha ChristieEnglish1939100 million[8]
紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber)Cao XueqinChinese1754[9]–1791100 million[10]
The HobbitJ. R. R. TolkienEnglish1937100 million[11]
She: A History of AdventureH. Rider HaggardEnglish1887100 million[12]

Between 50 million and 100 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeC. S. LewisEnglish195085 million[13]
The Da Vinci CodeDan BrownEnglish200380 million[14]
Think and Grow RichNapoleon HillEnglish193770 million[15]
The Catcher in the RyeJ. D. SalingerEnglish195165 million[16]
O Alquimista (The Alchemist)Paulo CoelhoPortuguese198865 million[17]
Steps to ChristEllen G. WhiteEnglish189260 million[18]
LolitaVladimir NabokovEnglish195550 million[19]
Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning)Johanna SpyriGerman188050 million[20]
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child CareDr. Benjamin SpockEnglish194650 million[21]
Anne of Green GablesLucy Maud MontgomeryEnglish190850 million[22]
Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions: The autobiography of a horseAnna SewellEnglish187750 million[23]
Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose)Umberto EcoItalian198050 million[24]
The Eagle Has LandedJack HigginsEnglish197550 million[25]
Watership DownRichard AdamsEnglish197250 million[26]
The Hite ReportShere HiteEnglish197650 million[27]
Charlotte's WebE.B. White; illustrated by Garth WilliamsEnglish195250 million[28]
The Ginger ManJ. P. DonleavyEnglish195550 million[29]
The Bridges of Madison CountyRobert James WallerEnglish199250 million[30]

Between 30 million and 50 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
The Tale of Peter RabbitBeatrix PotterEnglish190245 million[31]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows[32]J. K. RowlingEnglish200744 million[33]
Jonathan Livingston SeagullRichard BachEnglish197040 million[34]
A Message to GarciaElbert HubbardEnglish189940 million[21]
Sofies verden (Sophie's World)Jostein GaarderNorwegian199140 million[35]
Flowers in the AtticV. C. AndrewsEnglish197940 million[36]
Angels & DemonsDan BrownEnglish200039 million[37]
Как закалялась сталь (Kak zakalyalas' stal'; How the Steel Was Tempered)Nikolai OstrovskyRussian193236.4 million copies in USSR[38]
Война и мир (Voyna i mir; War and Peace)Leo TolstoyRussian186936.0 million copies in USSR[38]
Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio)Carlo CollodiItalian188135 million[39]
You Can Heal Your LifeLouise HayEnglish198435 million[40]
Your Erroneous ZonesWayne DyerEnglish197635 million[41]
The Late, Great Planet EarthHal Lindsey, C. C. CarlsonEnglish197035 million[42]
Kane and AbelJeffrey ArcherEnglish197934 million[43]
In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?Charles M. SheldonEnglish189630 million[21]
To Kill a MockingbirdHarper LeeEnglish196030 million[44]
Valley of the DollsJacqueline SusannEnglish196630 million[21]
Gone with the WindMargaret MitchellEnglish193630 million[45]
Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank)Anne FrankDutch194730 million[46]
Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude)Gabriel García MárquezSpanish196730 million[47][48]
The Purpose Driven LifeRick WarrenEnglish200230 million[49]
The Thorn BirdsColleen McCulloughEnglish197730 million[50]
The Revolt of Mamie StoverWilliam Bradford HuieEnglish195130 million[51]
Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)Stieg LarssonSwedish200530 million[52]
The Very Hungry CaterpillarEric CarleEnglish196930 million[53]

Between 20 million and 30 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
Молодая гвардия (The Young Guard)Alexander Alexandrovich FadeyevRussian194526 million copies in USSR[38]
Who Moved My Cheese?Spencer JohnsonEnglish199826 million[54]
The Great GatsbyF. Scott FitzgeraldEnglish192525 million[55]
The Wind in the WillowsKenneth GrahameEnglish190825 million[56]
Nineteen Eighty-FourGeorge OrwellEnglish194925 million[57]
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R. CoveyEnglish198925 million[58]
Поднятая целина (Virgin Soil Upturned)Mikhail SholokhovRussian193524 million copies in USSR[38]
The Celestine ProphecyJames RedfieldEnglish199323 million[59]
The Hunger GamesSuzanne CollinsEnglish200823 million[60]
Дядя Степа (Uncle Styopa)Sergey MikhalkovRussian193621 million copies in USSR[38]
The GodfatherMario PuzoEnglish196921 million[61]
Love StoryErich SegalEnglish197021 million[62]
狼图腾 (Wolf Totem)Jiang RongChinese200420 million[63]
The Happy Hooker: My Own StoryXaviera HollanderEnglish197120 million[64]
JawsPeter BenchleyEnglish197420 million[65]
Love You ForeverRobert MunschEnglish198620 million[66]
The Women's RoomMarilyn FrenchEnglish197720 million[67]
What to Expect When You're ExpectingArlene Eisenberg and Heidi MurkoffEnglish198420 million[68]
The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark TwainEnglish188520 million[69]
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾Sue TownsendEnglish198220 million[70]
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a RaftThor HeyerdahlNorwegian195020 million[71]
Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války (The Good Soldier Švejk)Jaroslav HašekCzech192320 million[72]
Where the Wild Things AreMaurice SendakEnglish196320 million[73]
The Power of Positive ThinkingNorman Vincent PealeEnglish195220 million[74]
The ShackWilliam P. YoungEnglish200720 million[75]
The SecretRhonda ByrneEnglish200620 million[76]
Fear of FlyingErica JongEnglish197320 million[77]

Between 10 million and 20 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
Goodnight MoonMargaret Wise BrownEnglish194716 million[78]
Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)Michael EndeGerman197916 million[79]
Guess How Much I Love YouSam McBratneyEnglish199415 million[80]
ShōgunJames ClavellEnglish197515 million[81]
The Poky Little PuppyJanette Sebring LowreyEnglish194215 million[82]
The Pillars of the EarthKen FollettEnglish198915 million[83]
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleDale CarnegieEnglish193615 million[84]
Das Parfum (Perfume)Patrick SüskindGerman198515 million[85]
The Grapes of WrathJohn SteinbeckEnglish193915 million[86]
The Horse WhispererNicholas EvansEnglish199515 million[87]
La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind)Carlos Ruiz ZafónSpanish200115 million[88]
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas AdamsEnglish197914 million[89]
Tuesdays with MorrieMitch AlbomEnglish199714 million[90]
God's Little AcreErskine CaldwellEnglish193314 million[91]
Va' dove ti porta il cuore (Follow Your Heart)Susanna TamaroItalian199414 million[92]
The Old Man and the SeaErnest HemingwayEnglish195213 million[38]
The OutsidersS. E. HintonEnglish196713 million[93]
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald DahlEnglish196413 million[94]
Life After LifeRaymond MoodyEnglish197513 million[95]
ノルウェイの森, Noruwei no Mori (Norwegian Wood)Haruki MurakamiJapanese198712 million[96]
Peyton PlaceGrace MetaliousEnglish195612 million[97]
DuneFrank HerbertEnglish196512 million[98]
La Peste (The Plague)Albert CamusFrench194712 million[99]
人間失格 (No Longer Human)Osamu DazaiJapanese194812 million[100]
The Naked ApeDesmond MorrisEnglish196812 million[101]
Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager (Man's Search for Meaning)Viktor FranklGerman194612 million[102]
Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy)Dante AlighieriItalian130411-12 million (during 20th century)[103]
Things Fall ApartChinua AchebeEnglish195811 million[104]
The ProphetKhalil GibranEnglish192311 million[105]
The ExorcistWilliam Peter BlattyEnglish197111 million[106]
The GruffaloJulia DonaldsonEnglish199910.5 million[107]
Catch-22Joseph HellerEnglish196110 million[108]
Eye of the NeedleKen FollettEnglish197810 million[109]
A Brief History of TimeStephen HawkingEnglish198810 million[110]
The Cat in the HatDr. SeussEnglish195710 million[111]
The Lovely BonesAlice SeboldEnglish200210 million[112]
Wild SwansJung ChangEnglish199210 million[113]
Santa EvitaTomás Eloy MartínezSpanish199510 million[114]
Un di Velt Hot Geshvign (Night)Elie WieselYiddish195810 million[115]
The Kite RunnerKhaled HosseiniEnglish200310 million[116]
于丹《论语》心得 (Confucius from the Heart)Yu DanChinese200610 million[117]
The Total WomanMarabel MorganEnglish197410 million[118]
知価革命 (Knowledge-value Revolution)Taichi SakaiyaJapanese198510 million[119]
中国社会主义经济问题研究 (Problems in China's Socialist Economy)Xue MuqiaoChinese197910 million[120]
What Color is Your Parachute?Richard Nelson BollesEnglish197010 million[121]
The Dukan DietPierre DukanFrench200010 million[122]
The Joy of SexAlex ComfortEnglish197210 million[123]
The Gospel According to PeanutsRobert L. ShortEnglish196510 million[124]
A Wrinkle in TimeMadeleine L'EngleEnglish196210 million[125]
Life of PiYann MartelEnglish200110 million[126]

No reliable sales figures[edit]

Note: These books do not have reliable sales data; however, there is evidence that they have sold at least 10 million copies, and therefore belong on this list.

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedNotes
Don QuixoteMiguel de CervantesSpanish1605[127]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneJ.K. RowlingEnglish1997[128][129]
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJ.K. RowlingEnglish1998[128][129]
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJ.K. RowlingEnglish1999[128][129]
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireJ.K. RowlingEnglish2000[128][129]
Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixJ.K. RowlingEnglish2003[128]
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJ.K. RowlingEnglish2005[128][130]
TwilightStephenie MeyerEnglish2005[131]
New MoonStephenie MeyerEnglish2006[131]
EclipseStephenie MeyerEnglish2007[131]
Breaking DawnStephenie MeyerEnglish2008[131]

List of best-selling book series[edit]

At least 100 million copies[edit]

Book seriesAuthorOriginal languageNo. of installmentsFirst publishedApproximate sales
MaigretGeorges SimenonFrench75 novels + 28 short-stories1931-1972853 million[132][133]
Harry PotterJ.K. RowlingEnglish7 + 3 supplements1997-2007450 million[134]
GoosebumpsR. L. StineEnglish62 + spin off series1992–1997–present300 million[135]
Perry MasonErle Stanley GardnerEnglish821933 — 1970300 million[136]
Berenstain BearsStan and Jan BerenstainEnglishover 3001962 — present260 million[137]
Choose Your Own Adventurevarious authorsEnglish1851979 — 1998250 million[138]
Sweet Valley HighFrancine Pascal and ghostwritersEnglish4001983–2003250 million[139]
NoddyEnid BlytonEnglish241949–present200 million[140]
Nancy Drewvarious authors as Carolyn KeeneEnglish1751930 — present200 million[141]
The Railway Series
(spawned Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends)
Rev. W. Awdry, Christopher AwdryEnglish411945–2011200 million[142]
San-AntonioFrédéric DardFrench1731949–2001200 million[143]
Robert LangdonDan BrownEnglish42000–present200 million[144]
The Baby-sitters ClubAnn MartinEnglish3351986 — present172 million[145]
Star Warsvarious authorsEnglishover 3001977 — present160 million[146]
Peter RabbitBeatrix PotterEnglish61902–1930150 million[147]
Chicken Soup for the SoulJack Canfield, Mark Victor HansenEnglish1051997 — present130 million[148]
Frank MerriwellGilbert PattenEnglish2091896 -125 million[149]
Dirk PittClive CusslerEnglish191973 — present120 million[150]
宮本武蔵 (Musashi)Eiji YoshikawaJapanese71935–1939120 million[151]
American Girlvarious authorsEnglish1986 — present120 million[152]
The Chronicles of NarniaC. S. LewisEnglish71949–1954120 million[153]
Mr. MenRoger Hargreaves, Adam HargreavesEnglish431971 — present120 million[154]
TwilightStephenie MeyerEnglish4 + 1 Novella + 1 Guide2005–2011120 million[155]
Clifford the Big Red DogNorman BridwellEnglish1963 — present110 million[156]
James BondIan FlemingEnglish141953–1966100 million[157]
MartineGilbert Delahaye, Marcel MarlierFrench601954 — present100 million[158]

Between 50 million and 100 million copies[edit]

Book seriesAuthorOriginal languageNo. of installmentsFirst publishedApproximate sales
Fifty Shades of GreyE. L. JamesEnglish32011–201290 million[159]
Nijntje (Miffy)Dick BrunaDutch1191955 — present85 million[160]
Fear StreetR. L. StineEnglish1141989 — present80 million[161]
The Vampire ChroniclesAnne RiceEnglish121976-200380 million[162]
Pippi LongstockingAstrid LindgrenSwedish3 + 3 picture books1945-200180 million[163]
OSS 117Jean BruceFrench2651949–199275 million[164]
Diary of a Wimpy KidJeff KinneyEnglish82007–present75 million[165]
Winnie-the-PoohA. A. Milne; illustrated by E. H. ShepardEnglish21926–192870 million[166]
Magic Tree House seriesMary Pope OsborneEnglish431992–present70 million[167]
Left BehindTim LaHaye, Jerry B. JenkinsEnglish161996 — 200765 million[168]
A Series of Unfortunate EventsLemony Snicket aka Daniel HandlerEnglish131999–200665 million[169]
Little House on the PrairieLaura Ingalls WilderEnglish121932–200660 million[170]
Jack ReacherLee ChildEnglish161997–present60 million[171]
Millennium TrilogyStieg LarssonSwedish32005–200760 million[172]
DiscworldTerry PratchettEnglish391983–present55 million[173]
Where's Wally?[174]Martin HandfordEnglish131987–present55 million[175]
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from VenusJohn GrayEnglish151992–present50 million[176]
The Hardy Boysvarious authors as Franklin W. DixonEnglish1901927–present50 million[177]
The Bobbsey Twinsvarious authors as Laura Lee HopeEnglish721904–197950 million[178]
TarzanEdgar Rice BurroughsEnglish261914–199550 million[179]
The Hunger Games trilogySuzanne CollinsEnglish32008–201050 million[180]

Between 30 million and 50 million copies[edit]

Book seriesAuthorOriginal languageNo. of installmentsFirst publishedApproximate sales
A Child's First Library Of Learningvarious authorsEnglish291980 -45 million[181]
Junie B. JonesBarbara ParkEnglish301992 -44 million[182]
The Wheel of TimeRobert Jordan, Brandon SandersonEnglish141990 - 201344 million[183]
Harry BoschMichael ConnellyEnglish151992 -42 million[184]
Harry HoleJo NesbøNorwegian91997–present40 million[185]
连环画 铁道游击队 (Picture-and-story book Railway Guerilla)original author: Liu ZhixiaChinese101955–196236.52 million[186]
Paddington BearMichael BondEnglish701958–present35 million[187]
The Inheritance CycleChristopher PaoliniEnglish42002–201133 million[188]
徳川家康 (Tokugawa Ieyasu)Sohachi YamaokaJapanese261950–196730 million[189]
RamonaBeverly ClearyEnglish81955–199930 million[190]
The Dark TowerStephen KingEnglish81982-201230 million[191]
The DestroyerWarren Murphy and Richard Sapir, various authorsEnglish1501971–present30 million[192]

Between 20 million and 30 million copies[edit]

Book seriesAuthorOriginal languageNo. of installmentsFirst publishedApproximate sales
ノンタン (Nontan)Sachiko KiyonoJapanese251976–200628 million[193]
Curious GeorgeHans Augusto Rey and Margret ReyEnglish581941–present27 million[194]
グイン・サーガ (Guin Saga)Kaoru KurimotoJapanese1181979–200926 million[195]
Captain UnderpantsDav PilkeyEnglish1997–present26 million[196]
三毛猫ホームズシリーズ (Calico Cat Holmes series)Jirō AkagawaJapanese431978–present26 million[197]
Rich Dad, Poor DadRobert Kiyosaki Sharon LechterEnglish181997-26 million[198]
Kurt WallanderHenning MankellSwedish101991–200225 million[199]
Sagaen om Isfolket (The Legend of the Ice People)Margit SandemoNorwegian471982–198925 million[200]
The Sword of TruthTerry GoodkindEnglish121998–200725 million[citation needed]
鬼平犯科帳 (Onihei Hankachō)Shōtarō IkenamiJapanese241968–199024.4 million, only bunkobon[201]
The Shadowhunter ChroniclesCassandra ClareEnglish8 + 1 supplement + 2 tie-ins (at least 13 + 2 supplements planned)2007–present24 million [202]
Brain Quest seriesvarious authorsEnglish1992–present23.7 million[203]
かいけつゾロリ (Kaiketsu Zorori)Yutaka HaraJapanese411987–present23 million[204]
South Beach DietArthur AgatstonEnglish62003–present22 million[205]
竜馬がゆく (Ryoma ga Yuku)Ryōtarō ShibaJapanese51963–196621.5 million[206]
Artemis FowlEoin ColferEnglish82001–201221 million[207]
ズッコケ三人組 (Zukkoke Sanningumi)Masamoto NasuJapanese501978–200421 million[208]
ShannaraTerry BrooksEnglish201977–present21 million[209]
RedwallBrian JacquesEnglish221986–present20 million[210]
Malazan Book of the FallenSteven EriksonEnglish101999 - 201120 million
MaisyLucy CousinsEnglish231990–present20 million[80]
Dragonlancevarious authorsEnglishmore than 1501984 — present20 million[211]
幻魔大戦 (Genma Taisen)Kazumasa HiraiJapanese201979–198320 million[212]
青春の門 (The Gate of Youth)Hiroyuki ItsukiJapanese1970–present20 million[213]
The Foundation TrilogyIsaac AsimovEnglish3[214]1950–195320 million[215]
Horrible HistoriesTerry DearyEnglish241993–present20 million[216]
Rainbow MagicDaisy MeadowsEnglish80+2003–present20 million[217]
Morgan KaneLouis MastersonNorwegian901966–20 million[218]
The Southern Vampire MysteriesCharlaine HarrisEnglish132001–201320 million[219]

Between 15 million and 20 million copies[edit]

Book seriesAuthorOriginal languageNo. of installmentsFirst publishedApproximate sales
科学のアルバム (Kagaku no album)various authorsJapanese1970–present19 million[220]
剣客商売 (Kenkaku Shobai)Shotaro IkenamiJapanese181972–198918 million[221]
Erast FandorinBoris AkuninRussian121998–present18 million[222]
吸血鬼ハンターD (Vampire Hunter D)Hideyuki KikuchiJapanese171983–present17 million[223]
涼宮ハルヒシリーズ(Haruhi Suzumiya Series)Nagaru TanigawaJapanese112003–present16.5 million[224]
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams, plus a final book by Eoin ColferEnglish61979–200816 million[225]
Bridget JonesHelen FieldingEnglish21996–present15 million[226]
The Riftwar CycleRaymond E. FeistEnglish251982–present15 million[227]
Percy Jackson & the OlympiansRick RiordanEnglish52005–200915 million[228]
The No. 1 Ladies Detective AgencyAlexander McCall SmithEnglish91999–present15 million[229]
ぼくらシリーズ(Bokura series)Osamu SodaJapanese361985–present15 million[230]
His Dark MaterialsPhilip PullmanEnglish31995–200015 million[231]
銀河英雄伝説 (Legend of the Galactic Heroes)Yoshiki TanakaJapanese141982–198915 million[232]
Der Regenbogenfisch (Rainbow Fish)Marcus PfisterGerman1992–present15 million[233]
A Song of Ice and FireGeorge R. R. MartinEnglishCurrently 5; 7 Planned.1996–present15 million[234]

Notes[edit]

The Perry Rhodan series has sold more than 1 billion copies,[235] but is not listed because that figure includes magazine sales, not novels alone. Similarly, the Jerry Cotton series has sold over 300 million copies, but most of these were in magazine format.[236]

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is included in the list as a single entry because it was written by Tolkien as a single book.

List of best-selling regularly updated books[edit]

More than 100 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
新华字典 (Xinhua Zidian / Xinhua Dictionary)Chief editor: Wei JiangongChinese1957400 million[237]
Scouting for BoysRobert Baden-PowellEnglish1908100–150 million[238]
The McGuffey ReadersWilliam Holmes McGuffeyEnglish1853125 million[239]
Guinness World Records (published every year)various authorsEnglish1955–present115 million[240]
American Spelling Book (Webster's Dictionary)Noah WebsterEnglish1783100 million[21]

Between 50 million and 100 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
World Almanac (published every year)various authorsEnglish1868–76; 1886–present80 million[241]
六星占術によるあなたの運命 (Rokusei Senjutsu (Six-Star Astrology) Tells Your Fortune)Kazuko HosokiJapanese1986–present79 million[242]
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate DictionaryMerriam-WebsterEnglish189855 million[243]

Between 30 million and 50 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
Roget's ThesaurusPeter Mark RogetEnglish1852–40 million[244]
できるシリーズ (Dekiru Series)Impress Dekiru Series Editorial DeskJapanese1994–present40 million[245]
수학의 정석 (數學의 定石) (The principle of Mathematics - Mathematics reference book)Hong Sung-daeKorean1966–present (current edition since 1997)40 million[246]
~ 37 million[247]
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Bookvarious authorsEnglish1930 -38 million[248]
Oxford Advanced Learner's DictionaryA. S. HornbyEnglish194830 million[249]
Alcoholics Anonymous Big BookBill WilsonEnglish193930 million[250][251]
Le guide Michelin France (The Michelin Guide France) (published every year)various authorsFrench1900–present30 million[252]

Between 20 million and 30 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
Betty Crocker Cookbookvarious authors as Betty CrockerEnglish1955-27 million[253]
超図解シリーズ (Cho-Zukai series)X mediaJapanese1996–200725 million[254]
自由自在 (Jiyu Jizai)various authorsJapanese1953–present24 million[255]
新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai kokugo jiten)Tadao YamadaJapanese197220.4 million[256]
English GrammarLindley MurrayEnglish179520 million[257]

Between 10 million and 20 million copies[edit]

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
The Joy of Cookingvarious authorsEnglish193618 million[258]
スーパーマップル (Super Mapple)various authorsJapanese1991–present18 million[259]
チャート式 (Chart Shiki)various authorsJapanese1927–present17.44 million, only for the first grade of high-school[260]
英語基本単語集 (Eigo Kihon Tangoshu) "Compilation of basic English vocabulary"Yoshio AkaoJapanese, English194217.2 million[260]
試験に出る英単語 (Siken Ni Deru Eitango) "English vocabulary in examinations"Ichiro MoriJapanese, English196715 million[261]
新英和中辞典 (Shin Eiwa Chu Jiten) "New English-Japanese-Chinese Dictionary"Shigeru TakebayashiJapanese, English196712 million[262]
広辞苑 (Kōjien)Izuru ShinmuraJapanese195511 million[256][263]
旺文社古語辞典 (Obunsha Kogo Jiten) "Obunsha Dictionary of Archaisms"Akira MatsumuraJapanese196011 million[264]
三省堂国語辞典 (Sanseido Kokugo Jiten) "Sanseido Dictionary of the Japanese Language"Kenbō HidetoshiJapanese196010 million[265]
家庭に於ける實際的看護の秘訣 (Katei Ni Okeru Jissaiteki Kango No Hiketsu) "Key to Practical Personal Care at Home"Takichi TsukudaJapanese192510 million[266]
C程序设计 (C Program Design)Tan, HaoqiangChinese199110 million[267]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes

  1. ^ Some confusion and controversy is commonly attached to the publication data for The Little Prince and its French companion Le Petit Prince. Saint-Exupéry, its author, spoke almost no English and wrote exclusively in French. His handwritten (and almost illegible) French manuscript was converted by his secretary into a French typescript, which he submitted to his New York City publisher Reynal & Hitchcock in late 1942, which was then translated to English by their own translator. The story was first published in New York in English in April 1943, followed a week later by its French counterpart, Le Petit Prince. It was also licensed for publication in other countries by Reynal & Hitchcock before being published by Saint-Exupéry's normal publisher in France after the end of the Second World War. Le Petit Prince would not be published in France until its liberation, with Gallimard's first French printing in November 1945, which they say they did not release for sale until 1946. In approximately 1947 Gallimard sued Reynal & Hitchcock claiming it had an 'exclusive' publishing agreement with Saint-Exupéry (who was killed during the war), and later reached a rights agreement with them.

Citations

  1. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/the-15-biggest-bestseller_n_664029.html#s115965
  2. ^ http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/literature/21-best-sellers.htm#page=0
  3. ^ http://publishingperspectives.com/2010/09/top-25-bestselling-books-of-all-time/
  4. ^ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-1/best-selling-book-of-non-fiction/
  5. ^ Mitchell, David. (8 May 2010) "David Mitchell on Historical Fiction", The Telegraph: "Charles Dickens’ second stab at a historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities, has sold more than 200 million copies to date, making it the bestselling novel — in any genre — of all time...."
  6. ^ The Lord of the Rings is considered by most people to be a single book, because it was written and planned by the author to be such. It is written in the preface to many editions of the lord of the rings that the book is sometimes 'erroneously' referred to asa trilogy. The prefaces go on to state that it is in-fact 1 book over three volumes. Some people consider it to instead be a trilogy or series of three books, because it was originally published as a series of three volumes: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Lord of the Rings, Waterstones.com: This move by the publishing house was due largely to post-war paper shortages as well as to minimize the price of the first volume to aid sales.
    Wagner, Vit. "Tolkien proves he's still the king", The Toronto Star, 16 April 2007: In subsequent printings the book has sometimes appeared as a single volume, and in at least one case was split into seven. The figure of 150 million is a 2007 estimate of copies of the full story sold, whether published as one volume, three, or some other configuration.
  7. ^ Adamson, Thomas. Little Prince Discovery Offers New Insight Into Classic Book, Associated Press via TimesTribune.com, May 3, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Davies, Helen; Marjorie Dorfman, Mary Fons, Deborah Hawkins, Martin Hintz, Linnea Lundgren, David Priess, Julia Clark Robinson, Paul Seaburn, Heidi Stevens, and Steve Theunissen (14 September 2007). "21 Best-Selling Books of All Time". Editors of Publications International, Ltd. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  9. ^ Huang, Martin (1995). Literati and Self-Re/Presentation: Autobiographical Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese Novel. Stanford University Press. p. 212. ISBN 9780804724623. 
  10. ^ "Betting on The Red Mansions", China.org: "Sun said that the book has sold over 100 million copies worldwide so far." 14 December 2005
  11. ^ "Tolkien's Hobbit fetches £60,000", BBC News, 18 March 2008.
  12. ^ Smashwords on She: "More than 100 million copies of the book have been sold up to date, in 44 different languages." (2013)
  13. ^ The Telegraphy on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: "This classic story has sold more than 85 million copies in 29 different languages since its publication in 1950." (3 April 2010)
  14. ^ San José Mercury News on The Da Vinci Code: "That earlier book has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, was adapted into a movie and made hits out of Brown's previous novels, including "Angels & Demons," whose film version is now in theaters." (5 June 2009)
  15. ^ Forbes on Think and Grow Rich: "It has sold more than 70 million copies since its publication in 1937 and continues to sell robustly today." (March 2011)
  16. ^ "Foyles". Foyles. 1994-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  17. ^ AFP on The Alchemist: "Film mogul Harvey Weinstein on Sunday announced the screen adaptation of the novel, written 20 years ago and translated into 56 languages, with more than 65 million copies sold." (19 May 2008)
  18. ^ Home Health Education Services Online Inc. (2008)
  19. ^ http://www.salon.com/entertainment/audiofile/2005/10/31/listens
  20. ^ ABC Australia on Heidi: "Johanna Spyri's story has been translated into fifty languages and sold fifty million copies, but the marketing juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down - fat from it. Heidi now has her own theme park." (5 August 2002)
  21. ^ a b c d e The Top 10 of Everything 2002 by Russell Ash
  22. ^ Reuters on Anne of Green Gables: ""Anne of Green Gables" has sold more than 50 million copies and been translated into 20 languages, according to Penguin." (19 March 2008)
  23. ^ The Times on Black Beauty: "Fifty million copies of Black Beauty have been sold in the years since Anna Sewell's publisher paid her £20 for the story." (29 February 2008)
  24. ^ Library Journal (no date)[disambiguation needed]
  25. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/jul/31/jack-higgins-life-harry-patterson
  26. ^ BBC News - Watership Down author Richard Adams criticises homes plan on Watership Down: "Watership Down sold more than 50 million copies." (13 December 2011)
  27. ^ Daily Mail on The Hite Report: "Author of the groundbreaking 1976 Hite Report: A Nationwide Study Of Female Sexuality, Shere Hite has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide." (06 December 2007)
  28. ^ Pocono Record on Charlotte's Web: " It has sold over 50 million copies, been translated into 23 languages, and shown in three major movie versions." (06 July 2007)
  29. ^ Sunday World on The Ginger Man: "Donleavy, who lives near Mullingar, has previously rejected repeated attempts by Hollywood to make a film version of his book, which has sold 50 million copies worldwide and been translated into 18 languages." (5 August 2008)
  30. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald on The Bridges of Madison County: "It stayed on The New York Times' bestseller list for more than three years and has sold 50 million copies." (25 January 2014)
  31. ^ "Worker's Press acknowledge Frederick Warne's intellectual property rights". Prnewswire.co.uk. 2003-07-10. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  32. ^ An early press report claimed that more than 72 million copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" had been sold within the first 48 hours of publication ("New 'Potter' sells 72 mil copies worldwide". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2009-08-31. [dead link]). However, there has never been any evidence provided for this claim beyond the original source and it is almost certainly an error. All follow-up sales figures (for instance, those discussed on the separate entry for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") are consistent with total sales figures well below 30 million during the first month of publication. For example, according to Scholastic publishers, there are only 14 million copies of the American edition currently in print, and not all have been sold. At the same time, sales of the American edition were originally reported to be comparable to or greater than the number of copies sold of the British edition. As of 18 September 2007, fewer than 4 million copies of the British edition had been sold in the UK along with a comparable number sold in other countries (Allen, Katie (19 September 2007). "Sprechen Sie Potter? How Harry is spreading the English language". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-31. ). Thus the total number of copies sold as of September 2007 appears to have been approximately 20-25 million. Translations into other languages began appearing in late September 2007, substantially increasing the estimated number of copies sold worldwide. In June 2008, Forbes magazine reported sales had reached 44 million.
  33. ^ The Celebrity 100 #9: J. K. Rowling "The final one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has sold 44 million since it was published last July, including 15 million in the first 24 hours."
  34. ^ "Powell's Books". Powells.com. 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  35. ^ The National: Sophie's World author turns from philosophy to climate change on Sophie's World: "The novel has now been translated into 59 languages, and has sold an estimated 40 million copies." (14 March 2011)
  36. ^ People on Flowers in the Attic: "Since the late 1970s, Andrews's Flowers novel has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 22 languages and was banned by schools across the country – all while being passed from bunk to bunk at sleepaway camp." (17 January 2014)
  37. ^ Michael Fleming (20 April 2009). "Columbia moves on 'Symbol'". Variety Online. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  38. ^ a b c d e f Евгений Немировский (2000-01-03). "Журнал "КомпьюАрт" | Подводя итоги XX столетия: книгоиздание. Бестселлер – детище рекламы". Compuart.ru. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  39. ^ Repubblica Italiana on Le Avventure di pinocchio: "“The Adventures of Pinocchio” translated in more of 260 languages." (1 July 2001)
  40. ^ The New York Times on You Can Heal Your Life: "“You Can Heal Your Life” immediately landed on the New York Times best-seller list. More than 35 million copies are now in print around the world." (4 May 2008)
  41. ^ To Bryce Harper and Davey Johnson, ‘play me or trade me’ is just a healthy joke. Thomas Boswell for The Washington Post: "If [Johnson] has to call on the wisdom of an old ’70s self-help bestseller like “Your Erroneous Zones,” he’ll whip it out. He’s still got one of the 35 million copies sold." (8 July 2013)
  42. ^ ABC News on The Late, Great Planet Earth: "Hal Lindsey's "The Late Great Planet Earth" was one of the best-selling nonfiction works of the 1970s, according to The New York Times, with publishers shipping out more than 35 million copies in 52 languages." (6 June 2006)
  43. ^ The Guardian on Kane and Abel: "Kane and Abel, first published in 1979, is Archer's bestselling novel – Pan says it has sold around 34m copies worldwide." (15 June 2009)
  44. ^ The Orlando Sentinel on To Kill a Mockingbird: "Thirty million copies of To Kill a Mockingbird have been sold since that coming-of-age novel, about a Southern lawyer who believed that no man should be denied justice because of the color of his skin, was first published in 1960 to critical acclaim." (11 June 2006)
  45. ^ The Daily Mail on Gone with the Wind: "The book has sold more than 30 million copies in the decades since the publication of Margaret Mitchell's gripping tale of the Old South gasping its last breath, as the U.S. was torn apart by Civil War and its bitter aftermath." (4 April 2008)
  46. ^ Fox News on Het Achterhuis: "Thirty million copies of her diary have been sold, and it has been translated into 65 languages. " (29 March 2007)
  47. ^ The Walrus December 2007 issue
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  49. ^ ABC News on The Purpose-Driven Life: "His book, "The Purpose Driven Life," has been translated into 56 languages and has sold 30 million copies." (7 March 2007)
  50. ^ Wales Online on The Thorn Birds: "Her original novel, published in 1977 following a battle between two publishing houses that both wanted the manuscript, has sold around 30 million copies worldwide." (11 April 2009)]
  51. ^ The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, p. 559, on The Revolt of Mamie Stover: "The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1951), which sold almost thirty million copies worldwide, [...]" (2005)
  52. ^ Winnipeg Free Press on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: "The first book sold 30 million copies and is available in 44 languages." (15 April 2010)
  53. ^ The Telegraph on The Very Hungry Caterpillar: "It has been translated into more than 50 languages and its sales have now surpassed the 30 million mark." (3 April 2010)
  54. ^ The Global Times on Who Moved My Cheese: "Who Moved My Cheese has sold over 26 million copies, staying on the New York Times bestseller list since its release in 1998." (23 November 2009
  55. ^ Donahue, Deirdre (7 May 2013). "The Great Gatsby by the numbers". USA Today. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  56. ^ The Columbus Dispatch on The Wind in the Willows: "More than 25 million copies of the book have been sold in 70 countries since 1908, according to the Copyrights Group, which is presently promoting a new edition." (4 May 2008)
  57. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer on Nineteen Eighty-Four: "Nineteen Eighty-Four has sold 25 million copies, is still read in high school and college, and remains the best-known example of anti-utopian literature." (22 June 2009)
  58. ^ Forbes on Covey: "Stephen Covey will be remembered most as the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold over 25 million copies." (16 July 2012)
  59. ^ The Age on The Celestine Prophecy: "it has sold in the vicinity of 23 million copies since its publication in 1993" (22 March 2008
  60. ^ ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy reaches 50 million copies in print milestone
  61. ^ The Toronto Star on Mario Puzo: "According to the Official Mario Puzo Library website, the book sold 21 million copies in hardback and paper by 1997." (21 July 2007)
  62. ^ Playbill on Love Story: "Erich Segal's best-selling novel, which has sold 21 million copies worldwide in 33 languages[...]" (23 July 2010)
  63. ^ The Financial Times on Wolf Totem: "Since it first appeared in 2004, Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem has sold as many as 20 million copies." (15 March 2008)
  64. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer on The Happy Hooker: "He said he found it fascinating that her book, which has sold 20 million copies to date, is still being picked up today." (26 June 2008)
  65. ^ The Times on Jaws: "Jaws stayed for 40 weeks in the bestseller charts of The New York Times, eventually selling 20 million copies [...]" (13 February 2006)
  66. ^ The Huntsville Forester on Love You Forever: "The children’s classic Love You Forever has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is in its 65th printing." (29 October 2008)
  67. ^ CBC on The Women's Room: "It sold 20 million copies and was widely translated, despite poor reviews." (5 May 2009)
  68. ^ The Australian on What to Expect When You're Expecting: "What to Expect When You're Expecting, in its fourth edition, was first published in 1984 and has sold more than 20 million copies." (27 October 2010)
  69. ^ New York Times Upfront on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: "This year marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of Huckleberry Finn in the U.S., and the book is still selling—more than 20 million copies worldwide to date—and still generating controversy." (10 March 2010)
  70. ^ Eureka!: Inventors describe the moment they realised they’d created a hit on The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾: " 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾' has sold more than 20 million copies." (29 October 2011)
  71. ^ John J. Miller on Thor Heyerdahl on National Review Online on Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft: ""Our intention was to test the performance and quality of the Inca raft, its seaworthiness and loading capacity, and to ascertain whether the elements would really propel it across the sea to Polynesia with its crew still on board," he wrote in Kon-Tiki, a book that has sold 20 million copies." (April 19, 2002)
  72. ^ The Voice of Russia: Švejkův otec stojí v Moskvě mezi světovou elitou "Jaroslav Hašek and his Švejk are still popular in Russia. More than 20 million copies were already produced."
  73. ^ USA Today on Where the Wild Things are: "More than 20 million copies have been sold in 32 languages." (November 21, 2013)
  74. ^ The New York Times on The Power of Positive Thinking: "Ruth Stafford Peale, the author's widow (he died last Christmas Eve) feels that the book is as viable today as it was 20 million copies ago." (May 31, 1994)
  75. ^ The Salvation Army on The Shack: "Today, there are more than 20 million copies of The Shack in print, in 40 languages." (10 March 2012)
  76. ^ Belfast Telegraph on The Secret: "Publishers Simon & Schuster expect sales to be on a par with -- if not bigger than -- 'The Secret', which has so far notched up 20 million copies in 46 languages." (19 August 2010)
  77. ^ Washington Post on Fear of Flying : "It has been 40 years since “Fear” and its glamorous author landed like feminist blonde bombshells on American culture, selling 20 million copies here and abroad." (7 October 2013)
  78. ^ Playthings (1 April 2007)
  79. ^ OBITUARY: Michael Ende - People - News - The Independent on The Neverending Story: "Translated into 30 languages and selling over 16 million copies, it starts when 10-year-old Bastian, overweight and undervalued, decides he will read a fantastic book rather than endure another day's bullying at school." (Friday 01 September 1995)
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  81. ^ Time 26 November 1990.
  82. ^ "Golden Books : Poky Little Puppy (Little Golden Book)". Jp.bookmooch.com. 1992-06-01. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  83. ^ CBS on Ken Follett: "But since it was published in 1989, "The Pillars of the Earth" has become an international sensation, selling 15 million copies worldwide." (7 October 2007)
  84. ^ The Financial Post on Dale Carnegie: "Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People, the gold standard of the genre, has sold more than 15 million copies since it was first published in 1937." (5 April 2008)
  85. ^ The Patriot Ledger on Perfume: "Yet the scene, like the movie, is so daring, so challenging, you cannot help but respect Tykwer’s unerring desire to remain true to the source novel, a book that has sold 15 million copies and has been credited with inspiring Kurt Cobain to write the Nirvana classic ‘‘Scentless Apprentice.’’" (5 January 2007)
  86. ^ http://www.bookrags.com/research/the-grapes-of-wrath-john-steinbeck--ltsd/
  87. ^ The Forres Gazette on The Horse Whisperer: "Mr Evans is the author of "The Horse Whisperer", which sold 15 million copies worldwide and was made into a Hollywood film in 1998 directed by and starring Robert Redford." (10 September 2008)
  88. ^ Irish Times on The Shadow of the Wind: "[...]his novel The Shadow of the Wind has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, writes Arminta Wallace" (13 June 2009)
  89. ^ "Don't Panic: Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman". Contemporarylit.about.com. 2005-04-29. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  90. ^ USA Today on Tuesdays with Morrie: "The book has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide since 1997 and became an Oprah Winfrey-produced TV movie. " (8 April 2008)
  91. ^ "Erskine Caldwell Biography". Id.mind.net. 1987-04-11. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  92. ^ The International Herald Tribune on Follow Your Heart: "But Susanna Tamaro's "Follow Your Heart," the biggest selling Italian postwar novel, with more than 14 million copies sold, according to its publisher, Baldini Castoldi, as it was known then, sold barely 25,000 copies in the United States." (3 August 2008)
  93. ^ Fox News on The Outsiders: "According to Viking, a division of Penguin Group USA, "The Outsiders" has sold more than 13 million copies and still sells more than 500,000 a year." (29 September 2007)
  94. ^ Los Angeles Times 15 July 2005
  95. ^ Towards the light
  96. ^ Associated Press on Norwegian Wood: "More than 10 million copies of the book have been sold in Japan alone, with 2.6 million more sold in another 33 languages." (2 September 2010)
  97. ^ The Toronto Star on Grace Metalious: "It sold 100,000 copies in its first month and went on to sell another 12 million copies, was made into a film and eventually into a prime-time television series that made the young Mia Farrow a star." (21 July 2007)
  98. ^ Britannica on Dune: "the epic Dune (1965; filmed by David Lynch in 1984), which was translated into 14 languages and sold some 12 million copies, more than any other science-fiction book in history;" (24 November 2007)
  99. ^ China View on La Peste: "Translated into 28 languages, the book has sold more than 12 million copies around the world." (9 April 2008)
  100. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (21 April 2009)
  101. ^ The Sunday Herald on The Naked Ape: "Morris is still flabbergasted that the book caused such a furore, although the publicity helped it sell 12 million copies." (11 March 2008)
  102. ^ The Australian on Man's Search for Meaning: "It's the 75th edition of a book that has sold 12 million copies and is one of the most read Holocaust texts." (14 May 2011)
  103. ^ estimate of Giuliano Vigini (1999)
  104. ^ The Standard on Chinua Achebe: "That Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, would sell about 11 million copies in about 45 languages?" (14 March 2008)
  105. ^ "Kahlil Gibran". Selfgrowth.com. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  106. ^ The Wall Street Journal on The Exorcist: "Back in the 1970s, those smaller, rack-sized paperbacks were the blockbusters of the business, led by such best sellers as William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist" (11 million copies sold); Peter Benchley's "Jaws" (more than nine million copies), and Sidney Sheldon's "The Other Side of Midnight" (six million copies plus)." (14 September 2007)
  107. ^ The Telegraph on The Gruffalo: "The Gruffalo has sold more than 10.5 million copies, been adapted for stage in both the West End and Broadway, and in 2009 was made into a 30-minute animated film" (3April 2010)
  108. ^ "'Catch-22' Author Joseph Heller Dies". Washingtonpost.com. 1999-12-13. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  109. ^ Carlos Ramet in Ken Follett: The Transformation of a Writer page 44 on Ken Follett: "The first two editions alone sold over 10 million copies worldwide" (1999)
  110. ^ The Telegraph on Stephen Hawking: "Prof Hawking is the author of A Brief History of Time — which has sold 10 million copies — and is currently writing two books." (27 April 2007)
  111. ^ The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on The Cat in the Hat: "There are more than 10 million copies in print today in more than a dozen languages, including the Latin, "Cattus Petasatus."" (14 April 2007)
  112. ^ TVNZ on The Lovely Bones: "Published in 2002, Lovely Bones is the second novel by Alice Sebold, and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, remaining on the New York Times hardback bestseller list for over a year." (5 May 2007)
  113. ^ The Telegraph on Wild Swans: "Selling more than 10 million copies and topping the "most borrowed historical biography" chart in British libraries year after year, it proved a publishing phenomenon" (21 July 2007)
  114. ^ Britannica on Santa Evita: "Martínez was best known as the author of two classics of Argentine and Latin American literature: La novela de Perón (1985, The Perón Novel, 1988) and Santa Evita (1995, Eng. trans., 1995); the latter was translated into 30 languages and sold more than 10 million copies." (22 November 2007)
  115. ^ The New York Times on Night: "Indeed, since it appeared in 1960, “Night” has sold an estimated 10 million copies — three million of them since Winfrey chose the book in January 2006 (and traveled with Wiesel to Auschwitz)." (20 January 2008)
  116. ^ The Times on The Kite Runner: "His first novel, The Kite Runner, sold 10 million copies." (11 April 2008)
  117. ^ Bookseller.com on Yun Da: "" (14 April 2008)
  118. ^ ABC News on The Total Woman: "One of the first books to address the issue was Marabel Morgan's "The Total Woman," which sold more than 10 million copies to women of all religious persuasions, making it the best-selling nonfiction book of 1974." (15 April 2008)
  119. ^ "Waseda University". Waseda.jp. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  120. ^ people.com.cn (2 August 2005)
  121. ^ U.S. News and World Report on What Color is Your Parachute: "Today, Parachute is one of the all-time bestselling careers books, with more than 10 million copies of 37 editions snapped up since 1970. " (1 October 2008)
  122. ^ The Toronto Star on The Dukan Diet: "The book has sold 10 million copies worldwide, but didn’t really make an impression on North America until [...]" (18 April 2011)
  123. ^ BBC Magazine on The Joy of Sex: "The Joy of Sex ended up selling more than 10 million copies around the world - more than five million in the United States alone, where it stayed in the New York Times best-seller list for a decade." (26 October 2011).
  124. ^ [1] on The Gospel according to Peanuts: "The Gospel according to Peanuts ended up selling more than 10 million copies around the world."
  125. ^ Staff (March 5, 2012). "The Unlikely Best-Seller: 'A Wrinkle In Time' Turns 50". National Public Radio (NPR). Retrieved March 5, 2012. "[A Farrar, Straus and Giroux editor's] faith in young readers paid off. There are currently 10 million copies of the book in print." 
  126. ^ [2] on Life of Pi: "It was based on a popular novel by Yann Martel that has sold more than 10 million copies around the world."
  127. ^ http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/vanderbilt-magazine/archives/images/inclass_f05.pdf
  128. ^ a b c d e f ABC News on Harry Potter: "Rowling has sold about 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books worldwide, according to Blair." (4 April 2011)
  129. ^ a b c d "Harry Potter and the Internet Pirates". The New York Times. 14 July 2003. 
  130. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8608578/#.TuoYTjWZ3NU
  131. ^ a b c d "Little, Brown to Publish Official 'Twilight' Guide". Publishersweekly.com. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  132. ^ Calculated for the period 1935-1997 — cf. "Simenon's Maigret 1935-1997" sales stats: "Simenon lived in Switzerland for many years, and the statistics office wanted to know what his fortune was estimated to be. He sold around 1.4 billion books from 1935 to 1997. Now 25% of his works have passed into the public domain. His total earnings were around 600 million Swiss francs." (22 March 1999). The total sales figures would increase noticeably if calculated to the present time (2013). Some old statistical records here and here.
  133. ^ The Lexington Herald Leader on Maigret: "At his death in 1989, he had written 84 Maigret novels (translated into 55 languages and more than 500 million copies) plus 100 non-Maigret novels." (10 October 1992)
  134. ^ The BBC on Harry Potter: "The Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies through Bloomsbury in Britain, and Scholastic in the United States." (23 June 2011)
  135. ^ Reuters on Goosebumps: "Stine is the author of "Goosebumps" and other series for young readers that have sold more than 300 million copies in 32 languages [...]" (2 August 2012)
  136. ^ Serafin, Steven R.; Bendixen, Alfred (2005). The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 1305. ISBN 978-0-8264-1777-0. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  137. ^ Variety on the Berenstain Bears: "The company also is offering a new animated series based on the Berenstain Bears, the hugely popular children's brand that has sold more than 260 million books worldwide." (7 April 2002)
  138. ^ The Globe and Mail on Choose Your Own Adventure: "The Choose Your Own Adventure DVD movies are adaptations of the original books, which sold more than 250 million copies. " (22 August 2006)
  139. ^ Forbes on Sweet Valley High: "But despite 250 million copies in print, in 25 languages, Sweet Valley's sugar rush has been on the decline. " (28 October 2002)
  140. ^ "Happy 50th birthday Noddy". BBC News. 1999-11-22. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  141. ^ USA Today on Nancy Drew: "The series is still in print and has sold over 200 million books in 17 languages." (29 May 2002)
  142. ^ "Thomas the Tank Engine's new friend Hiro". ninemsn.com.au. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  143. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (20 February 2012). "AB lines up 'Waterloo' miniseries: English-lingo battle drama to cost up to $15 million". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 March 2012. "Published between 1949 and 2001, the San Antonio anthology is one of the best-selling French novel series of all times, having sold an estimated 200 million copies." 
  144. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/dan-browns-inferno-publishers-poised-for-biggestsales-since-harry-potter-as-da-vinci-code-authors-latest-robert-langdon-story-hits-shelves-8614082.html
  145. ^ Benjamin M. Compaine and Douglas Gomery, 'Who Owns the Media?: Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media Industry' page 115"
  146. ^ The Wall Street Journal on the Star Wars books: "According to a Random House spokesman, the publisher has more than 160 million copies of "Star Wars" books in print." (1 April 2005)
  147. ^ "Peter Rabbit in China copyright stew". BBC News. 2003-06-23. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  148. ^ CityWire on Chicken Soup: "His Chicken Soup for the Soul series, co-authored with Jack Canfield, has sold over 130 million copies in 54 languages and spans 105 different titles." (17 August 2008)
  149. ^ Susan Edgerton e.a. in Imagining the Academy: Higher Education and Popular Culture page 53, on Gilbert Patten: "It is estimated that at least 125 million copies of the Frank Merriwell series (which itself ran to at least 209 books) were sold." (2004)
  150. ^ "Crusader Entertainment Acquires the Rights to Clive Cussler's Best-Selling Dirk Pitt Book Series". Us.penguingroup.com. 2001-05-14. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  151. ^ "Way Of The Samurai, Path Of The Tedious". New York Times. 1981-09-13. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  152. ^ The Berkshire Eagle on American Girl: "This extraordinary success has resulted in over 120 million books and 14 million dolls sold (at $90 a pop these days)" (20 March 2008)
  153. ^ Hollywood's liberal losses (20 November 2005)
  154. ^ BBC News on Mr. Men: "The famous books have gone on to sell 120 million copies and have been translated into 15 different languages. " (11 August 2011)
  155. ^ Splice Today on Twilight: "Stephanie Meyer dwarfed the success of Brown’s work with the Twilight series, selling over 120 million copies in less than seven years." (26 April 2012)
  156. ^ Hult Presents: Clifford The Big Red Dog LIVE!
  157. ^ "James Bond 007 - News". 007.info. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  158. ^ RTBF on Martine: "Soixante albums de "Martine" ont été publiés dans la collection "Farandole" et 100 millions d'exemplaires vendus dans le monde." (21 January 2011)
  159. ^ Fifty Shades of Grey Release Date Pushed Back to February 13, 2015—Just in Time for Valentine's Day! on Fifty Shades of Grey: "Since its release, author E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey has been translated in 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 90 million copies in e-book and print." (13 November 2013)
  160. ^ "Nijntje’s creator turns 80". Expatica.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  161. ^ Luisa Gerasimo e.a. in The Teacher's Calendar of Famous Birthdays page 8, on R. L. Stine: "That year he also created Fear Street, the first horror series for teenagers, which sold 80 million copies." (2003)
  162. ^ Husband, Stuart (2 November 2008). "Anne Rice: interview with the vampire writer". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  163. ^ news.scotsman.com: Children's writer told £200,000 prize is no fantasy
  164. ^ The Los AngelesDaily News on OSS 117: "Jean Bruce wrote 265 OSS 117 novels, selling some 75 million copies and spawning seven movies between 1956 and 1970." (1 August 2008)
  165. ^ Staff (June 29, 2012). "Gross-Out Gags AND Life Lessons In 'Wimpy Kid'". National Public Radio (NPR). Retrieved June 29, 2012. "How popular are these books? Consider the numbers: There are six books, and a seventh is on the way. They've been translated into 40 languages and there are 75 million copies in print worldwide." 
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  167. ^ Lexington Herald-Leader on the Magic Tree House series: "The series has sold 70 million copies in North America and has been translated into 28 different languages in 31 countries." (25 November 2010)
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  169. ^ The Globe and Mail on A Series of Unfortunate Events: "whose 13 “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books for children have sold an astonishing 65 million copies." (10 January 2012)
  170. ^ The Green Bay Press Gazette on Little House on the Prairie: "If there was any doubt that a love for "Little House is an everlasting one, consider not only that 60 million copies of the Wisconsin-born Wilder's books have been sold since 1932[...]" (24 July 2010)
  171. ^ The Belfast Telegraph on the Jack Reacher books: "2012 marks a landmark year for Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher thrillers have now sold in excess of 60 million copies worldwide." (7 September 2012)
  172. ^ Publishers Weekly on the Millennium Trilogy: Working in conjunction with the estate of Stieg Larsson and the Hedlund Literary Agency, DC Entertainment and its Vertigo imprint will adapt Larrson’s Millennium Trilogy novels—the books have sold more than 60 million copies— into a series of graphic novels." (11 October 2011)
  173. ^ AFP on Terry Pratchett: "The 59-year-old author -- whose Discworld books have sold 55 million copies worldwide and have been translated into some 27 languages -- announced in December that he had been diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of the degenerative brain disease." (13 March 2008)
  174. ^ U.S. title: Where's Waldo?
  175. ^ Variety on Where's Waldo: "The books have sold more than 55 million copies in more than 38 countries and been translated into more than 30 languages" (7 November 2011)
  176. ^ The Star on the Mars Venus series: " You must be from another planet if you have not heard of Gray and his Mars Venus universe. Fifty million of his books have been sold in 40 different languages." (24 February 2008)
  177. ^ The Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page, "from the publisher McFarland & Company": In its 80 year history, the Hardy Boys series has sold over 50 million books in over 25 languages (20 February 2008)
  178. ^ The New York Times: The Bobbsey Twins Carry On (And On and On) "...a series of more than 70 books for children 7 to 9 years old that has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide." (17 August 1987)
  179. ^ Screening Difference: How Hollywood's Blockbuster Films Imagine Race Jaap van Ginneken, 2007
  180. ^ The Hindustan Times on The Hunger Games: "The Hunger Games reaches 50 million mark" (24 July 2012)
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  182. ^ The Alameda Sun on Junie B. Jones: "The series, launched in 1992, offers 27 books and an interactive journal, and has sold 44 million copies around the world." (27 June 2008)
  183. ^ The Coventry Telegraph on The Wheel of Time: "The Wheel of Time series has sold 44 million copies worldwide and spawned computer, trading-card and role-playing games; a soundtrack; comicbooks; and numerous fan sites." (18 August 2008)
  184. ^ The Irish Independent on Harry Bosch: "Crime writer Michael Connelly's Hieronymous 'Harry' Bosch thrillers have sold 42 million copies, [...]" (5 November 2011)
  185. ^ The Anniston Star on Harry Hole: "The series has been translated into 40 languages and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide." (29 July 2011)
  186. ^ China Pictorial October 2006
  187. ^ Daily Mail on Paddington Bear: "To date, Paddington books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and are available in more than 40 languages." (2 June 2008)
  188. ^ Fortini, Amanda (8 March 2012). "The Prince of Dragons: Christopher Paolini and the Rise of 'Inheritance'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 March 2012. "His four books have collectively sold more than 33 million copies worldwide." 
  189. ^ "徳川家康(1)出生乱離の巻". Bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  190. ^ ABC News on Ramona: "The film is adapted from Beverly Cleary's series of "Ramona" books, which go back more than 50 years and have sold 30 million copies." (23 July 2010)
  191. ^ by SuperHeroHype. "The Dark Tower to Become a Film Trilogy and TV Series". Superhero Hype. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  192. ^ "From Grey To Gray In His New Film, Joel Grey Piles On Years With Makeup" on The Destroyer: "The movie, by Dick Clark, Larry Spiegel and Mel Bergman Productions, is based on the Destroyer novel series of some 62 books which has sold 30 million copies." (11 October 1985)
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  199. ^ The Guardian on Wallander: "[...] the crime novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell, which have sold 25 million copies worldwide." (21 September 2008)
  200. ^ Norwegian best selling author to cast spell on the UK
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  205. ^ The Miami Herald on the South Beach Diet books: "The South Beach Diet became a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and the six books in the series have sold 22 million copies." (15 January 2008
  206. ^ Japan Inc. (22 June 2006)
  207. ^ Variety on Artemis Fowl: "The “Artemis Fowl” books have sold more than 21 million copies in print in 44 languages worldwide." (29 July 2013)
  208. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (16 January 2007)
  209. ^ Jivemagazine.com (15 August 2006)
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  217. ^ Brandeton.com on Rainbow Magic: "A publishing phenomenon, “Rainbow Magic” has sold 20+ million copies in 31 languages worldwide, including over 6 million books in print in the U.S." (23 November 2010)
  218. ^ Stavangeravisen.no (7 Mai 2004)
  219. ^ Dinner with a vampire author?
  220. ^ "Akane Shobo". Hon10.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
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  222. ^ The Telegraph on Erast Fandorin: "The two authors share a quality that has seen Akunin shift 18 million copies of his Fandorin stories" (25 February 2007)
  223. ^ Publishers Weekly on Vampire Hunter D: "The books have sold more than 17 million copies around the world." (30 September 2008)
  224. ^ Anime News Network "over 16.5 million copies of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series have been published in 15 countries" (20 April 2011)
  225. ^ BBC on The Hichhiker's Guide: "About 16 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide" (17 September 2008)
  226. ^ Helen Fielding: Beyond Bridget The Independent 2003
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  231. ^ The New York Times on His Dark Materials: "His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman's trilogy inspired by Paradise Lost, has sold 15 million copies worldwide, while the film version of the first volume, The Golden Compass, has earned more than $150 million." (13 January 2008)
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  250. ^ Akron Beacon Journal on The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book: While the title of the book is actually Alcoholics Anonymous, the members of AA refer to it as the Big Book. This is the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA's text on how to stay sober. "And this year is also the 70th anniversary of the publication of A.A.'s Big Book, which has sold nearly 30 million copies since 1939." (11 June 2009)
  251. ^ Twelve Step Programs Worldwide about "Alcoholics Anonymous", the book affectionately known as "The Big Book". The 25 millionth copy of the Big Book was published in 2005, and about 1 million copies are sold each year. This means that as at 2010 there have been about 30 million copies sold, ranking it high on the list of best-selling books ever. More impressive still, it has sold this many copies even though it is available free online in English, Spanish and French - links provided."
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