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List of best-selling books

This page provides lists of best-selling individual 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 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, that are commonly cited as "best-selling books" yet have no reliable sales figures. Similarly, many notable book series that sold very widely are poorly documented (Land of Oz) or consist of multiple sub-series (Tom Swift).

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.[1] The Qur'an is also widely reported to be one of the most printed and distributed books worldwide.[citation needed] The Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, also known as the Little Red Book, has produced a wide array of sales and distribution figures — with some sources claiming over 6.5 billion printed volumes,[2] others claiming the distribution ran into the "billions,"[3] some citing "over a billion" official volumes between 1966 and 1969 alone as well as "untold numbers of unofficial local reprints and unofficial translations."[4][5] Exact print figures for these and other 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. All books of a religious, ideological, philosophical or political nature have been excluded from this list of best-selling books for these reasons.

Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide,[6][7][8] Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best-selling book series in history. The first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies,[9] making it one of the best-selling books of all time. As of June 2017, the series has been translated into 80 languages,[10] placing Harry Potter among history's most translated literary works. The last four books in the series consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books of all time, where the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold roughly fifteen million copies worldwide within twenty-four hours of its release.[11][12] With twelve million books printed in the first U.S. run, it also holds the record for the highest initial print run for any book in history.[13][14]

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List of best-selling individual booksEdit

More than 100 million copiesEdit

Book Author Original language First published Approximate sales Genre
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien English 1954–1955 150 million[15][16] fiction: fantasy (novel)
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French[Note 1] 1943 140 million[17][18] fiction (novel)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. K. Rowling English 1997 120 million[9] fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien English 1937 100 million[19] fiction: fantasy (novel)
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie English 1939 100 million[citation needed] fiction: mystery (novel)
紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber) Cao Xueqin Chinese 1754[20]–1791 100 million[21][better source needed] fiction: family saga (novel)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll English 1865 100 million[citation needed] fiction: fantasy (novel)

Between 50 million and 100 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales Genre
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis English 1950 85 million[22] fiction: fantasy (novel)
She: A History of Adventure H. Rider Haggard English 1887 83 million[23] fiction: fantasy, adventure, romance and Gothic (novel)
Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio) Carlo Collodi Italian 1881 >80 million[24][25] fiction (novel)
Vardi Wala Gunda Ved Prakash Sharma Hindi 1992 >80 million[26] detective (novel)
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown English 2003 80 million[27] fiction: mystery, thriller (novel)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J. K. Rowling English 1998 77 million[28] fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling English 1999 65 million[29] fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling English 2000 65 million[29] fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J. K. Rowling English 2003 65 million[29] fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K. Rowling English 2005 65 million[29] fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. K. Rowling English 2007 65 million[29] fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Portuguese 1988 65 million[30] fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger English 1951 65 million[31] fiction: realistic fiction, coming-of-age fiction
Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill English 1937 60 million[32] non-fiction (novel)
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller English 1992 60 million[33]
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle English 1887 60 million fiction: detective fiction, short stories (novel)
20,000 Leagues under the Sea Jules Verne French 1870 60 million fiction: adventures (novel)
The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren English 2002 60 million non-fiction, self-help, spirituality
You Can Heal Your Life Louise Hay English 1984 50 million[34] Self-help, spirituality
Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) Gabriel García Márquez Spanish 1967 50 million[35][36][37] fiction: magic realism (novel)
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov English 1955 50 million[38] fiction: general fiction (novel)
Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi's Years of Learning and Travel) Johanna Spyri German 1880 50 million[39] fiction: children's fiction (novel)
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Dr. Benjamin Spock English 1946 50 million[40] non-fiction (novel)
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery English 1908 50 million[41] fiction: general fiction (novel)
Black Beauty Anna Sewell English 1877 50 million[42] fiction: children's literature (novel)
Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) Umberto Eco Italian 1980 50 million[43] historical novel, mystery
The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins English 1975 50 million[44] fiction: war, thriller (novel)
Watership Down Richard Adams English 1972 50 million[45] fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Hite Report Shere Hite English 1976 50 million[46]
Charlotte's Web E.B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams English 1952 50 million[47] fiction: children's fiction (novel)
The Ginger Man J. P. Donleavy English 1955 50 million[48]
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Lew Wallace English 1880 50 million[citation needed] historical fiction (novel)
The Curse of Capistrano (also known as The Mark of Zorro) Johnston McCulley English 1919 50 million[citation needed] californio (novel)

Between 30 million and 50 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter English 1902 45 million[49]
The Odyssey Homer Ancient Greek 8th Century BC 45 million
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach English 1970 44 million[50]
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle English 1969 43 million [51]
A Message to Garcia Elbert Hubbard English 1899 40 million[40]
Sofies verden (Sophie's World) Jostein Gaarder Norwegian 1991 40 million[52]
Flowers in the Attic V. C. Andrews English 1979 40 million[53]
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee English 1960 40 million[54]
Angels & Demons Dan Brown English 2000 39 million[55]
Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer English 1979 37 million[56]
Как закалялась сталь (Kak zakalyalas' stal'; How the Steel Was Tempered) Nikolai Ostrovsky Russian 1932 36.4 million copies in USSR[57]
Война и мир (Voyna i mir; War and Peace) Leo Tolstoy Russian 1869 36.0 million copies in USSR[57]
Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank) Anne Frank Dutch 1947 35 million[58]
Your Erroneous Zones Wayne Dyer English 1976 35 million[59][60]
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough English 1977 33 million[61]
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini English 2003 31.5 million[62]
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann English 1966 31 million[63]
The Lost Symbol Dan Brown English 2009 30 million[64]
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell English 1936 30 million[65]
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell English 1949 30 million[66]
The Revolt of Mamie Stover William Bradford Huie English 1951 30 million[67]
Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Stieg Larsson Swedish 2005 30 million[68]

Between 20 million and 30 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins English 2008 29 million in U.S.[69]
Молодая гвардия (Molodaya Gvardiya; The Young Guard) Alexander Alexandrovich Fadeyev Russian 1945 26 million copies in USSR[57]
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson English 1998 26 million[70]
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald English 1925 25 million[71]
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame English 1908 25 million[72]
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey English 1989 25 million[73]
Поднятая целина (Podnyataya Tselina; Virgin Soil Upturned) Mikhail Sholokhov Russian 1935 24 million copies in USSR[57]
The Celestine Prophecy James Redfield English 1993 23 million[74]
The Fault in Our Stars John Green English 2012 23 million[75]
The Shack William P. Young English 2007 22 million[76]
Дядя Степа (Dyadya Styopa; Uncle Styopa) Sergey Mikhalkov Russian 1936 21 million copies in USSR[57]
The Godfather Mario Puzo English 1969 21 million[77]
Love Story Erich Segal English 1970 21 million[78]
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins English 2009 21 million in U.S.[79]
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins English 2010 20 million in U.S.[80]
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn English 2012 20 million[81]
The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins English 2015 20 million[82]
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque German 1929 20 million[83]
The Bermuda Triangle Charles Berlitz English 1974 20 million[84]
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe English 1958 20 million[85]
Animal Farm George Orwell English 1945 20 million[86]
狼图腾 (Wolf Totem) Jiang Rong Chinese 2004 20 million[87]
The Happy Hooker: My Own Story Xaviera Hollander English 1971 20 million[88]
Jaws Peter Benchley English 1974 20 million[89]
Love You Forever Robert Munsch English 1986 20 million[90]
The Women's Room Marilyn French English 1977 20 million[91]
What to Expect When You're Expecting Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Murkoff English 1984 20 million[92]
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain English 1885 20 million[93]
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ Sue Townsend English 1982 20 million[94]
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen English 1813 20 million[citation needed]
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft Thor Heyerdahl Norwegian 1950 20 million[95]
Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války (The Good Soldier Švejk) Jaroslav Hašek Czech 1923 20 million[96]
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak English 1963 20 million[97]
The Power of Positive Thinking Norman Vincent Peale English 1952 20 million[98]
The Secret Rhonda Byrne English 2006 20 million[99]
Fear of Flying Erica Jong English 1973 20 million[100]
Dune Frank Herbert English 1965 20 million[101]
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl English 1964 20 million[102]
The Naked Ape Desmond Morris English 1968 20 million[103]

Between 10 million and 20 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
窓ぎわのトットちゃん (Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Japanese 1981 18 million (in Japan and China)[104]
The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans English 1995 16 million[105]
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown English 1947 16 million[106]
Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) Michael Ende German 1979 16 million[107]
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton English 1967 15 million[108]
Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney English 1994 15 million[109]
Shōgun James Clavell English 1975 15 million[110]
The Poky Little Puppy Janette Sebring Lowrey English 1942 15 million[111]
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett English 1989 15 million[112]
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie English 1936 15 million[113]
Das Parfum (Perfume) Patrick Süskind German 1985 15 million[114]
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck English 1939 15 million[115]
La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) Carlos Ruiz Zafón Spanish 2001 15 million[116]
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri English 2000 15 million[117]
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams English 1979 14 million[118]
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom English 1997 14 million[119]
God's Little Acre Erskine Caldwell English 1933 14 million[120]
Va' dove ti porta il cuore (Follow Your Heart) Susanna Tamaro Italian 1994 14 million[121]
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle English 1962 14 million[122]
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela English 1994 14 million[123]
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway English 1952 13 million[57]
Life After Life Raymond Moody English 1975 13 million[124]
Me Before You Jojo Moyes English 2012 12 million[125]
ノルウェイの森 (Noruwei no Mori; Norwegian Wood) Haruki Murakami Japanese 1987 12 million[126]
Peyton Place Grace Metalious English 1956 12.1 million[127]
La Peste (The Plague) Albert Camus French 1947 12 million[128]
人間失格 (Ningen Shikkaku; No Longer Human) Osamu Dazai Japanese 1948 12 million[129]
Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager (Man's Search for Meaning) Viktor Frankl German 1946 12 million[130]
Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy) Dante Alighieri Italian 1304 11-12 million (during 20th century)[131]
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran English 1923 11 million[132]
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty English 1971 11 million[133]
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson English 1999 10.5 million[134]
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss English 1957 10.5 million[135]
Diana: Her True Story Andrew Morton English 1992 10 million[136]
The Help Kathryn Stockett English 2009 10 million[137]
Catch-22 Joseph Heller English 1961 10 million[138]
L'Étranger (The Stranger (Camus novel)) Albert Camus French 1942 10 million[139]
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett English 1978 10 million[140]
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking English 1988 10 million[141]
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold English 2002 10 million[142]
Wild Swans Jung Chang English 1992 10 million[143]
Santa Evita Tomás Eloy Martínez Spanish 1995 10 million[144]
Un di Velt Hot Geshvign (Night) Elie Wiesel Yiddish 1958 10 million[145]
于丹《论语》心得 (Confucius from the Heart) Yu Dan Chinese 2006 10 million[146]
The Total Woman Marabel Morgan English 1974 10 million[147]
知価革命 (Knowledge-value Revolution) Taichi Sakaiya Japanese 1985 10 million[148]
中国社会主义经济问题研究 (Problems in China's Socialist Economy) Xue Muqiao Chinese 1979 10 million[149]
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles English 1970 10 million[150]
The Dukan Diet Pierre Dukan French 2000 10 million[151]
The Joy of Sex Alex Comfort English 1972 10 million[152]
The Gospel According to Peanuts Robert L. Short English 1965 10 million[153]
Life of Pi Yann Martel English 2001 10 million[154]
The Giver Lois Lowry English 1993 10 million[155]
The Front Runner Patricia Nell Warren English 1974 10 million[156]
The Goal Eliyahu M. Goldratt English 1984 10 million[157]

List of best-selling book seriesEdit

More than 100 million copiesEdit

Book series Author(s) Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling English 7 + 8 supplements 1997–present 500 million[6][158]
Goosebumps R. L. Stine English 62 + spin-off series 1992–present 350 million[159]
Perry Mason Erle Stanley Gardner English 82 + 4 short stories 1933–1973 300 million[160]
Berenstain Bears Stan and Jan Berenstain English over 300 1962–present 260 million[161]
Choose Your Own Adventure Various authors English 185 1979–1998 250 million[162]
Sweet Valley High Francine Pascal and ghostwriters English 400 1983–2003 250 million[163]
Noddy Enid Blyton English 24 1949–present 200 million[164]
Nancy Drew Various authors as Carolyn Keene English 175 1930–present 200 million[165]
The Railway Series Rev. W. Awdry, Christopher Awdry English 42 1945–2011 200 million[166]
San-Antonio Frédéric Dard French 173 1949–2001 200 million[167]
Robert Langdon Dan Brown English 5 2000–present 200 million[168]
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney English 12 2007–present 200 million[169]
The Baby-sitters Club Ann Martin English 335 1986–present 172 million[170]
Star Wars Various authors English over 300 1977–present 160 million[171]
Little Critter Mercer Mayer English over 200 1975–present 150 million[172]
Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter English 6 1902–1930 150 million[173]
Fifty Shades E. L. James English 3 2011–2015 150 million[174]
American Girl Various authors English [quantify] 1986–present 140 million[175]
Geronimo Stilton Elisabetta Dami Italian over 200 2000–present 140 million[176]
Chicken Soup for the Soul Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen English 105 1997–present 130 million[177]
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell English over 80 [178] 1963–2014 129 million[179]
Frank Merriwell Gilbert Patten English 209 1896– 125 million[180]
Dirk Pitt Clive Cussler English 24 1973–present 120 million[181]
宮本武蔵 (Musashi) Eiji Yoshikawa Japanese 7 1935–1939 120 million[182]
The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis English 7 1949–1954 120 million[183]
Mr. Men Roger Hargreaves, Adam Hargreaves English 43 1971–present 120 million[184]
Twilight Stephenie Meyer English 5 + 1 Novella + 1 Guide 2005–2015 120 million[185]
The Hunger Games trilogy Suzanne Collins English 3 2008–2010 100 million[186]
James Bond Ian Fleming English 14 1953–1966 100 million[187]
Martine Gilbert Delahaye, Marcel Marlier French 60 1954–present 100 million[188]

Between 50 million and 100 million copiesEdit

Book series Author(s) Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
Nijntje (Miffy) Dick Bruna Dutch 119 1955–present 85 million[189]
Millennium Stieg Larsson, David Lagercrantz Swedish 5 2005–2017 85 million[190]
Alex Cross James Patterson English 21 1993–present 81 million[191]
Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey English 12 plus spinoffs 1997–2015 80 million[192]
Fear Street R. L. Stine English 114 1989–present 80 million[193]
Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking) Astrid Lindgren Swedish 3 + 3 picture books 1945–2001 80 million[194]
The Vampire Chronicles Anne Rice English 13 1976–present 80 million[195]
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson English 15 1990–2013 80 million[196]
OSS 117 Jean Bruce French 265 1949–1992 75 million[197]
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin English Currently 5; 7 Planned; 3 novellas + 1 guide 1996–present 70 million[198]
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne; illustrated by E. H. Shepard English 2 1926–1928 70 million[199]
Discworld Terry Pratchett English 41 1983–2015 70 million[200]
Magic Tree House series Mary Pope Osborne English 56[201] 1992–present 70 million[202]
Left Behind Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins English 16 1996–2007 65 million[203]
A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler English 13 1999–2006 65 million[204]
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder English 12 1932–2006 60 million[205]
Jack Reacher Lee Child English 22 Novels + 11 Short Stories 1997–present 60 million[206]
The Magic School Bus Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen English 131 1986-2010 58 million[207]
Where's Wally?[208] Martin Handford English 13 1987–present 55 million[209]
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus John Gray English 15 1992–present 50 million[210]
The Hardy Boys Various authors as Franklin W. Dixon English 190 1927–present 50 million[211]
The Bobbsey Twins Various authors as Laura Lee Hope English 72 1904–1979 50 million[212]
Tarzan Edgar Rice Burroughs English 26 1914–1995 50 million[213]

Between 30 million and 50 million copiesEdit

Book series Author(s) Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
Earth's Children Jean M. Auel English 6 1980–2011 45 million[214]
A Child's First Library Of Learning Various authors English 29 1980– 45 million[215]
Junie B. Jones Barbara Park English 30 1992– 44 million[216]
Harry Bosch Michael Connelly English 15 1992– 42 million[217]
Harry Hole Jo Nesbø Norwegian 9 1997–present 40 million[218]
连环画 铁道游击队 (Picture-and-story book Railway Guerilla) original author: Liu Zhixia Chinese 10 1955–1962 36.52 million[219]
The Shadowhunter Chronicles Cassandra Clare English 11 + 3 companion books 2007-present 36 million[220]
かいけつゾロリ (Kaiketsu Zorori) Yutaka Hara Japanese 60 1987–present 35 million[221]
Paddington Bear Michael Bond English 70 1958–present 35 million[222]
Divergent trilogy Veronica Roth English 3 2011–2013 35 million[223]
The Inheritance Cycle Christopher Paolini English 4 2002–2011 33 million[224]
グイン・サーガ (Guin Saga) Kaoru Kurimoto Japanese 118 1979–2009 30 million[225]
徳川家康 (Tokugawa Ieyasu) Sohachi Yamaoka Japanese 26 1950–1967 30 million[226]
Ramona Beverly Cleary English 8 1955–1999 30 million[227]
The Dark Tower Stephen King English 8 1982–2012 30 million[228]
The Destroyer Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir, various authors English 150 1971–present 30 million[229]

Between 20 million and 30 million copiesEdit

Book series Author(s) Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
ノンタン (Nontan) Sachiko Kiyono Japanese 25 1976–2006 28 million[230]
Curious George Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey English 58 1941–present 27 million[231]
三毛猫ホームズシリーズ (Calico Cat Holmes series) Jirō Akagawa Japanese 43 1978–present 26 million[232]
Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki, Sharon Lechter English 18 1997– 26 million[233]
Kurt Wallander Henning Mankell Swedish 10 1991–2002 25 million[234]
Sagaen om Isfolket (The Legend of the Ice People) Margit Sandemo Norwegian 47 1982–1989 25 million[235]
The Sword of Truth Terry Goodkind English 12 1998–present 25 million[236]
Outlander Diana Gabaldon English 8 1991–present 25 million[237]
Dork Diaries Rachel Renée Russell English 9 2009–present 25 million[238]
鬼平犯科帳 (Onihei Hankachō) Shōtarō Ikenami Japanese 24 1968–1990 24.4 million, only bunkobon[239]
Brain Quest Various authors English 1992–present 23.7 million[240]
South Beach Diet Arthur Agatston English 6 2003–present 22 million[241]
竜馬がゆく (Ryoma ga Yuku) Ryōtarō Shiba Japanese 5 1963–1966 21.5 million[242]
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer English 8 2001–2012 21 million[243]
ズッコケ三人組 (Zukkoke Sanningumi) Masamoto Nasu Japanese 50 1978–2004 21 million[244]
Shannara Terry Brooks English 20 1977–present 26 million[245]
Découvertes Gallimard Various authors French more than 700 1986–present more than 20 million[246][247]
ソードアート・オンライン (Sword Art Online) Reki Kawahara Japanese 23 2009–present 20 million[248]
Redwall Brian Jacques English 22 1986–2011 20 million[249]
Maisy Lucy Cousins English 23 1990–present 20 million[109]
Dragonlance Various authors English more than 150 1984–present 20 million[250]
幻魔大戦 (Genma Taisen) Kazumasa Hirai Japanese 20 1979–1983 20 million[251]
青春の門 (The Gate of Youth) Hiroyuki Itsuki Japanese 1970–present 20 million[252]
The Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov English 3[253] 1950–1953 20 million[254]
Percy Jackson & the Olympians Rick Riordan English 5 2005–2009 20 million[255]
Horrible Histories Terry Deary English 24 1993–present 20 million[256]
Rainbow Magic Daisy Meadows English 80+ 2003–present 20 million[257]
Morgan Kane Louis Masterson Norwegian 90 1966– 20 million[258]
The Southern Vampire Mysteries Charlaine Harris English 13 2001–2013 20 million[259]

Between 15 million and 20 million copiesEdit

Book series Author(s) Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
Doc Savage Lester Dent, various authors English 203 1933–present 20 million[260]
涼宮ハルヒシリーズ (Haruhi Suzumiya Series) Nagaru Tanigawa Japanese 11 2003–present 20 million[261]
科学のアルバム (Kagaku no album) Various authors Japanese 1970–present 19 million[262]
剣客商売 (Kenkaku Shobai) Shotaro Ikenami Japanese 18 1972–1989 18 million[263]
Erast Fandorin Boris Akunin Russian 12 1998–present 18 million[264]
Dragonriders of Pern Anne McCaffrey English 23 1967–present 18 million[265]
吸血鬼ハンターD (Vampire Hunter D) Hideyuki Kikuchi Japanese 17 1983–present 17 million[266]
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams, plus a final book by Eoin Colfer English 6 1979–2008 16 million[267]
Bridget Jones Helen Fielding English 3 1996–present 15 million[268]
The Riftwar Cycle Raymond E. Feist English 25 1982–present 15 million[269]
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith English 9 1999–present 15 million[270]
ぼくらシリーズ (Bokura series) Osamu Soda Japanese 36 1985–present 15 million[271]
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman English 3 1995–2000 15 million[272]
銀河英雄伝説 (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) Yoshiki Tanaka Japanese 14 1982–1989 15 million[273]
Der Regenbogenfisch (Rainbow Fish) Marcus Pfister German 1992–present 15 million[274]

NotesEdit

The Perry Rhodan series has sold more than 1 billion copies,[275] but is not listed because that figure includes magazine sales, not novels alone.[citation needed] Similarly, the Jerry Cotton series has sold over 300 million copies, but most of these were in magazine format.[276]

The figures given for some books are for the number printed instead of confirmed sales.[which?]

List of best-selling regularly updated booksEdit

More than 100 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
新华字典 (Xinhua Zidian / Xinhua Dictionary) Chief editor: Wei Jiangong Chinese 1957 400 million[277]
Scouting for Boys Robert Baden-Powell English 1908 100–150 million[278]
The McGuffey Readers William Holmes McGuffey English 1853 125 million[279]
Guinness World Records (published every year) Various authors English 1955–present 115 million[280]
American Spelling Book (Webster's Dictionary) Noah Webster English 1783 100 million[40]

Between 50 million and 100 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
World Almanac (published every year) Various authors English 1868–76; 1886–present 80 million[281]
六星占術によるあなたの運命 (Rokusei Senjutsu (Six-Star Astrology) Tells Your Fortune) Kazuko Hosoki Japanese 1986–present 79 million[282]
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Merriam-Webster English 1898 55 million[283]

Between 30 million and 50 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
Roget's Thesaurus Peter Mark Roget English 1852– 40 million[284]
できるシリーズ (Dekiru Series) Impress Dekiru Series Editorial Desk Japanese 1994–present 40 million[285]
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book Various authors English 1930– 38 million[286]
수학의 정석
(The Art of Mathematics)
Hong Sung-dae Korean 1966–present 37 million[287]
~ 40 million[288]
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary A. S. Hornby English 1948 30 million[289]
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Bill Wilson English 1939 30 million[290][291]
Le guide Michelin France (The Michelin Guide France) (published every year) Various authors French 1900–present 30 million[292]

Between 20 million and 30 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
Betty Crocker Cookbook Various authors as Betty Crocker English 1955– 27 million[293]
超図解シリーズ (Cho-Zukai series) X media Japanese 1996–2007 25 million[294]
自由自在 (Jiyu Jizai) Various authors Japanese 1953–present 24 million[295]
新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai kokugo jiten) Tadao Yamada Japanese 1972 20.4 million[296]
English Grammar Lindley Murray English 1795 20 million[297]

Between 10 million and 20 million copiesEdit

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
The Joy of Cooking Various authors English 1936 18 million[298]
スーパーマップル (Super Mapple) Various authors Japanese 1991–present 18 million[299]
チャート式 (Chart Shiki) Various authors Japanese 1927–present 17.44 million, only for the first grade of high-school[300]
英語基本単語集 (Eigo Kihon Tangoshu) "Compilation of basic English vocabulary" Yoshio Akao Japanese, English 1942 17.2 million[300]
Merriam-Webster Pocket Dictionary English (Up to 1965) 15,110,000[301]
試験に出る英単語 (Siken Ni Deru Eitango) "English vocabulary in examinations" Ichiro Mori Japanese, English 1967 15 million[302]
新英和中辞典 (Shin Eiwa Chu Jiten) "New English-Japanese Dictionary" Shigeru Takebayashi Japanese, English 1967 12 million[303]
広辞苑 (Kōjien) Izuru Shinmura Japanese 1955 11.9 million[304]
旺文社古語辞典 (Obunsha Kogo Jiten) "Obunsha Dictionary of Archaisms" Akira Matsumura Japanese 1960 11 million[305]
Hammond's Pocket Atlas English (Up to 1965) 11,000,000[306]
三省堂国語辞典 (Sanseido Kokugo Jiten) "Sanseido Dictionary of the Japanese Language" Kenbō Hidetoshi Japanese 1960 10 million[307]
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 Tsukuda Japanese 1925 10 million[308]
C程序设计 (C Program Design) Tan, Haoqiang Chinese 1991 10 million[309]

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Footnotes

  1. ^ Some confusion and controversy is commonly attached to the publication data for 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 City in English in April 1943, followed a week later by its French counterpart. 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.

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