List of best-selling fiction authors
This is a list of best-selling fiction authors to date, in any language. While finding precise sales numbers for any given author is nearly impossible, the list is based on approximate numbers provided or repeated by reliable sources. "Best selling" refers to the estimated number of copies sold of all fiction books written or co-written by an author. To keep the list manageable, only authors with estimated sales of at least 100 million are included. Authors of comic books are not included unless they have been published in book format (for example, comic albums, manga tankōbon volumes, trade paperbacks, or graphic novels).
Authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Rick Riordan, Jack Higgins and Leon Uris have not been included in the table because no exact figures could be found—although there are indications that they too have more than 100 million copies of their work in print.
|Author||Min. estimated sales||Max. estimated sales||Original language||Genre or title||Number of books||Nationality|
|William Shakespeare||2 billion||4 billion||English||Plays and poetry||42||English|
|Agatha Christie||2 billion||4 billion||English||Whodunits including the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series||85||English|
|Barbara Cartland||500 million||1 billion||English||Romance||723||English|
|Danielle Steel||500 million||800 million||English||Romance||179||American|
|Harold Robbins||750 million||750 million||English||Adventure||23||American|
|Georges Simenon||500 million||700 million||French||Detectives, Maigret, romans dur||570||Belgian|
|Enid Blyton||600 million||English||Children's literature, Noddy, The Famous Five, The Secret Seven||800||English|
|Sidney Sheldon||370 million||600 million||English||Suspense||21||American|
|J. K. Rowling||500 million||English||Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||15||British|
|Gilbert Patten||125 million||500 million||English||Adolescent adventures||209||American|
|Dr. Seuss||100 million||500 million||English||Children's literature||44||American|
|Eiichiro Oda||450 million||455 million[c]||Japanese||Manga, One Piece||94||Japanese|
|Leo Tolstoy||413 million||Russian||War and Peace, Anna Karenina||48||Russian|
|Corín Tellado||400 million||400 million||Spanish||Romance||4,000||Spanish|
|Jackie Collins||250 million||500 million||English||Romance||25||English|
|Horatio Alger||200 million||400 million||English||Dime novels||135||American|
|R. L. Stine||100 million||400 million||English||Goosebumps series, Fear Street series, horror, comedy||430+||American|
|Dean Koontz||325 million||400 million||English||Horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy||91||American|
|Nora Roberts||145 million||400 million||English||Romance||200+||American|
|Akira Toriyama||397 million[e]||Japanese||Manga, Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Super||66||Japanese|
|Alexander Pushkin||357 million||Russian||Plays, poetry, prose, Eugene Onegin||17||Russian|
|Stephen King||300 million||350 million||English||Horror, science fiction, fantasy, It, The Shining, The Stand, Bag of Bones, Needful Things, The Green Mile||70||American|
|Paulo Coelho||225 million||350 million||Portuguese||The Alchemist||28||Brazilian|
|Jeffrey Archer||250 million||330 million||English||Saga, thriller, short stories, Kane and Abel, The Clifton Chronicles||33||English|
|Louis L'Amour||230 million||330 million||English||Western||101||American|
|René Goscinny||325 million||French||Franco-Belgian comics, Asterix, Lucky Luke, Iznogoud||108||French|
|Erle Stanley Gardner||100 million||325 million||English||Mystery, Perry Mason||140||American|
|Edgar Wallace||300 million||English||Detective||175||English|
|Jin Yong||100 million||300 million||Chinese||Wuxia||15||Chinese|
|Jirō Akagawa||300 million||Japanese||Mystery||500+||Japanese|
|Janet Dailey||300 million||300 million||English||Romance||93||American|
|Robert Ludlum||110 million||290 million||English||Espionage, Jason Bourne||40||American|
|Osamu Tezuka||276 million||Japanese||Manga, Astro Boy, Black Jack, Buddha||62||Japanese|
|James Patterson||150 million||275 million||English||Thriller, Alex Cross||98||American|
|Frédéric Dard||200 million||270 million||French||Detective, San Antonio||300||Swiss|
|Stan and Jan Berenstain||200 million||260 million||English||Berenstain Bears||300+||American|
|Roald Dahl||200 million||250 million||English||Children's literature||50||British|
|John Grisham||100 million||250 million||English||Legal thriller||22||American|
|Zane Grey||250 million||English||Western||American|
|Irving Wallace||250 million||English||Suspense||American|
|J. R. R. Tolkien||200 million||250 million||English||The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, classical fantasy||36||English|
|Masashi Kishimoto||235 million||Japanese||Manga, Naruto||72||Japanese|
|Karl May||100 million||200 million||German||Western, adventure||80||German|
|Carter Brown||100 million||120 million||English||Detective||Australian|
|Mickey Spillane||100 million||200 million||English||Detective, Mike Hammer||American|
|C. S. Lewis||100 million||200 million||English||The Chronicles of Narnia, fantasy, popular theology||38||British|
|Kyotaro Nishimura||200 million||Japanese||Mystery||400+||Japanese|
|Mitsuru Adachi||200 million||Japanese||Manga, Touch, H2, Slow Step, Miyuki,Cross Game||Japanese|
|Rumiko Takahashi||200 million||Japanese||Manga Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½, Inuyasha, Maison Ikkoku, Rin-ne||Japanese|
|Gosho Aoyama||200 million||Japanese||Manga, Detective Conan (Case Closed), Yaiba, Magic Kaito||Japanese|
|Dan Brown||200 million||200 million||English||Thriller, Robert Langdon||7||American|
|Ann M. Martin||172 million||180 million||English||The Baby-sitters Club||335||American|
|Ryōtarō Shiba||180 million||Japanese||Historical||350||Japanese|
|Arthur Hailey||150 million||170 million||English||Thriller||11||British/Canadian|
|Gérard de Villiers||150 million||French||Detectives, SAS||170||French|
|Beatrix Potter||100 million||150 million||English||Peter Rabbit||23||English|
|Michael Crichton||150 million||150 million||English||Techno thriller||25||American|
|Richard Scarry||100 million||150 million||English||Illustrated children's books||250||American|
|Clive Cussler||40 million||150 million||English||Adventure, Dirk Pitt||37||American|
|Alistair MacLean||150 million||200 million||English||Adventure, thriller, war stories||32||British|
|Ken Follett||90 million||150 million||English||Spy thriller, historical thriller||30||British|
|Astrid Lindgren||100 million||165 million||Swedish||Children's literature||100||Swedish|
|Debbie Macomber||60 million||140 million||English||Romance||American|
|EL James||100 million||125 million||English||Fifty Shades of Grey||3||British|
|Tite Kubo||120 million||Japanese||Manga, Bleach||74||Japanese|
|Eiji Yoshikawa||120 million||Japanese||Musashi||7||Japanese|
|Catherine Cookson||100 million||120 million||English||Romance||103||British|
|Stephenie Meyer||100 million||116 million||English||The Twilight Saga, The Host, romance||6||American|
|Norman Bridwell||100 million||110 million||English||Clifford the Big Red Dog||80||American|
|David Baldacci||110 million||English||Thriller||25||American|
|Nicholas Sparks||90 million||105 million||English||Romance||22||American|
|Hirohiko Araki||100 million||Japanese||Manga, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure||Japanese|
|Evan Hunter||100 million||100 million||English||Detective (Ed McBain)||94||American|
|Andrew Neiderman||100 million||100 million||English||V. C. Andrews, The Devil's Advocate||60||American|
|Roger Hargreaves||100 million||100 million||English||Children's literature, Mr. Men||British|
|Anne Rice||75 million||100 million||English||Gothic fiction, vampires, Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)||27||American|
|Robin Cook||100 million||100 million||English||Medical thriller Coma||27||American|
|Wilbur Smith||80 million||100 million||English||African adventure||32||South African/British|
|Erskine Caldwell||80 million||100 million||English||Literature||25||American|
|Judith Krantz||80 million ||100 million ||English||Romance||12||American|
|Eleanor Hibbert||100 million||100 million||English||Romance, historical, suspense||200||British|
|Lewis Carroll||100 million||English||Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, absurdist literature||5||British|
|Denise Robins||100 million||English||Romance||200||British|
|Cao Xueqin||100 million||Chinese||Dream of the Red Chamber||Chinese|
|Ian Fleming||100 million||100 million||English||James Bond||14||British|
|Hermann Hesse||100 million||100 million||German||Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, The Glass Bead Game||45||German-Swiss|
|Rex Stout||100 million||100 million||English||Nero Wolfe||50||American|
|Anne Golon||100 million||100 million||French||Angélique||14||French|
|Frank G. Slaughter||100 million||English||Medical||62||American|
|Edgar Rice Burroughs||100 million||100 million||English||Tarzan, Barsoom and Pellucidar series, science fantasy||American|
|John Creasey||100 million||English||Crime thriller||600||British|
|James A. Michener||100 million||English||Historical||47||American|
|Yasuo Uchida||100 million||Japanese||Mystery||130+||Japanese|
|Seiichi Morimura||100 million||Japanese||Mystery||350+||Japanese|
|Mary Higgins Clark||100 million||100 million||English||Thriller||American|
|Penny Jordan||90 million||100 million||English||Romance||200+||British|
|Patricia Cornwell||100 million||English||Thriller||34+||American|
|Tom Clancy||100 million||English||Jack Ryan||30+||American|
- Copies sold per week
- Copies sold per week
- Week 1: 1,182,323
- One Piece manga volume sales: 455,135,870 copies worldwide
- See Dragon Ball Super § Manga.
- Tankōbon book sales of Akira Toriyama's manga:
- Bruxelles, Simon (September 14, 2005). "Agatha Christie's favourite plot". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460.
Christie sold more than two billion books, translated into 103 languages. Only the Bible and Shakespeare's works are said to have sold more.
- "'Agatha Christie's secret tapes discovered". The Times. September 15, 2008. ISSN 0140-0460.
Christie wrote 80 detective novels mostly featuring Poirot or Marple and it has been suggested that only the Bible and Shakespeare's canon have outsold an estimated 4 billion copies of her books.
- "With more than two billion copies of her 80 crime masterpieces sold there is a ready-made audience for television adaptations". February 8, 2008.
- The Telegraph on Barbara Cartland: "Barbara Cartland, who, we are informed (on www.condor-sj.com), 'is the most widely read author in the world with more than 500 million books in print'?" (February 25, 2007)
- CBS News on Barbara Cartland: "Dame Barbara Cartland, 98. Considered the world's most prolific author and Britain's queen of romantic fiction, with total sales of 1 billion books." (December 20, 2000)
- CBC on Danielle Steel: "The reclusive Steel, who lives in San Francisco and Paris, has published more than 70 bestselling romance novels, which have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide." (April 21, 2010)
- Forbes on Danielle Steel: "Yes, you read that right, 800 MILLION copies sold. Best known for romance and drama, Danielle Steel’s novels have spent over 390 consecutive weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list and 22 have been adapted for television." (June 6, 2011)
- The Independent on Harold Robbins: "During his 50-year career (he died in 1997) he sold an estimated 750 million books and, in the process, transformed himself into a brand." (September 23, 2008)
- USA Today on Harold Robbins: "Starting in 1948, he sold 750 million books, including megasellers such as The Carpetbaggers, A Stone for Danny Fisher and The Betsy." (October 9, 2007)
- The Age on Georges Simenon: "With worldwide sales of 500 million, he was the most widely read living writer of his era." (September 14, 2003)
- The Wall Street Journal on Georges Simenon: "In his lifetime Simenon published some 570 books, using 17 pen names, which have sold more than 700 million copies in 40 countries and were translated into 57 languages." (April 1, 2003)
- The Huddersfield DailyExaminer on Enid Blyton: "She has been translated into 90 languages, is the sixth most popular writer worldwide according to UNESCO and almost equal to Shakespeare, and has sold 600 million copies." (August 25, 2008)
- Variety on Sidney Sheldon: "A NEW MILESTONE FOR Sidney Sheldon, who has sold more than 370 million books" (October 6, 1995)
- The Columbus Dispatch[permanent dead link] on Sidney Sheldon: "He was one of the world's most translated authors, selling more than 600 million books in 180 countries." (January 31, 2007)
- "500 million Harry Potter books have now been sold worldwide". Pottermore. February 1, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
Harry Potter has hit a huge milestone this year, with more than 500 million books sold all over the world, in 80 languages.
- 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)
- LeRoy Ashby in With Amusement For All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830 page 145, on Gilbert Patten: "[...] the Merriwell brothers, the heroes of almost 250 children's books, whose total sales of 500 million copies surpassed those of the Bible between 1896 and 1918." (2006)
- The Daily Utah Chronicle Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine on Dr. Seuss: "The Pulitzer Prize-winning Seuss wrote and illustrated 47 books and sold more than 100 million copies in 18 languages." (March 5, 2001)
- The New York Times on Dr. Seuss: "Today Dr. Seuss's 44 books have been translated into 21 languages, selling more than 500 million copies." (March 2, 2004)
- "One Piece Manga Has Printed 450 Million Copies Worldwide". Crunchyroll. March 4, 2019. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
Today on the release day of its latest 92nd tankobon volume in Japan, it is confirmed that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece fantasy action manga has printed 450 million copies worldwide (380 million in Japan, 70 million abroad).
- "「ONE PIECE」世界累計発行部数が4億5000万部突破" ["ONE PIECE" worldwide circulation of over 450 million copies]. Excite (in Japanese). March 4, 2019. Archived from the original on August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2019 (First Half)". Anime News Network. May 29, 2019. Archived from the original on May 29, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
- "【2019年 上半期本ランキング】" [Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2019 (First Half)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on June 12, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年07月01日～2019年07月07日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (July 1, 2019−July 7, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年07月08日～2019年07月14日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (July 8, 2019−July 14, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年07月15日～2019年07月22日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (July 15, 2019−July 22, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 26, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年07月22日～2019年07月28日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (July 22, 2019−July 28, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 2, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年07月29日～2019年08月04日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (July 29, 2019−August 4, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年08月05日～2019年08月11日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (August 5, 2019−August 11, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 16, 2019. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年08月12日～2019年08月18日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (August 12, 2019−August 18, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on August 23, 2019. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
- "週間 コミックランキング （2019年09月23日～2019年09月29日）" [Weekly Comic Ranking (September 23, 2019−September 29, 2019)]. Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
- "One Piece Manga Has 430 Million Copies in Print Worldwide". Anime News Network. October 16, 2017. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
The series has 360 million copies in print in Japan and 70 million copies in print outside of Japan.
- "「ONE PIECE」累計発行4億部突破！ジャンプ編集長、5億超えも視野" [Over 400 million copies of “ONE PIECE” have been issued!]. Cinema Today (in Japanese). October 6, 2017. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
- New York Times February 15, 1987
- The Guardian Corin Tellado obituary on Corin Tellado: "In the course of her life she published more than 4,000 romance novels that sold 400 million copies, which earned her a place in the Guinness Book of Records where she has been a fixture since 1994." (April 11, 2009)
- Corín Tellado on Corin Tellado: "She published more than 5,000 titles and sold more than 400 million books which have been translated into several languages"
- Chicago Tribune on Jackie Collins: "More than 250 million copies of her books have been sold to fans in more than 40 countries" (January 1, 2007)
- The Guardian on Jackie Collins: "One of the world's bestselling writers with more than 400 million books sold in over 40 countries. " (June 27, 2004)
- The Chinook Observer on Horatio Alger, Jr.: "Americans bought 200 million copies of his dime novels -- with intriguing titles like Raggedy Dick and Sink or Swim. " (March 30, 2005)
- Time magazine on Horatio Alger: "[...] that have sold from 100 million to 400 million copies, depending on which literary historian you believe." (February 12, 1973)
- The Hindu on R. L. Stine: "As R.L. Stine points out (and he should know, having sold over a 100 million copies of over 160 different spooky stories)" (September 7, 2003)
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on R. L. Stine: "Altogether, Stine has sold more than 400 million books." (April 8, 2007)
- The OC Register Archived 2008-04-13 at the Wayback Machine on Dean Koontz: "Admitting to finally having found a great editor at Bantam, the author, who has sold 325 million books in 38 languages, talked about his craft. " (September 25, 2007)
- Daily Pilot on Dean Koontz: "He's now the world's sixth most highly paid author, tied with John Grisham at $25 million in annual sales, and his novels have sold more than 400 million copies." (January 7, 2011)
- BBC on Nora Roberts: "Nora Roberts currently has 145 million books in print." (June 6, 2002)
- The Washington Post on Nora Roberts: "Today, Roberts, 61, has published her 200th novel, “The Witness,” and is at the helm of a cottage industry: about 400 million copies of her books in print..." (Apr 16, 2012)
- "Top Manga Properties in 2008 - Rankings and Circulation Data". Comipress. December 31, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
- Booker, M. Keith (2014). Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. ABC-CLIO. p. xxxix. ISBN 9780313397516.
- "映画「ドラゴンボール」テーマソングは浜崎あゆみ". MSN Sankei News. December 10, 2008. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008.
- "ピッコロは緑だけど触角なし……実写『ドラゴンボール』映像". Oricon News (in Japanese). December 15, 2008.
- "Top Manga Properties in 2008 - Rankings and Circulation Data". ComiPress. December 31, 2008.
- "Shueisha Media Guide 2014: Boy's & Men's Comic Magazines" (PDF) (in Japanese). Shueisha. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 21, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- The New Yorker on Stephen King: "He is the world's best-selling novelist, with 300 million books sold [...]" (September 7, 1998)
- BBC on Stephen King: "But - after selling 350 million copies of his horror and suspense books - the author's latest work draws on a series of events which almost broke him." (November 22, 2006)
- Penguin Random House on Paulo Coelho: "his books have sold more than 225 million copies in more than 170 countries (...)" (September 14, 2018)
- The Washington Post on Paulo Coelho: "the writer has sold an estimated 350 million books." (December 20, 2016)
- Curtis Brown "Novelist, short story writer and author of non-fiction" (2014)
- The Daily Telegraph "Jeffrey Archer interview: the saga continues." (May 7, 2011)
- Ray Broadmus Browne and Pat Browne in The Guide to United States Popular Culture page 473, on Louis L'Amour: "His books have sold over 230 million copies, making him one of the best- selling authors in modern literary history. " (2001)
- The Jamestown Sun on Louis L'Amour: "More than 330 million copies of his books have been sold, translated into 27 languages." (October 29, 2001)
- "Asterix the Gaul rises sky high". Reuters. October 8, 2009.
- The New York Sun on Erle Stanley Gardner: "Erle Stanley Gardner (whose Perry Mason stories sold more than a 100 million books)" (July 20, 2005)
- The New York Times on Erle Stanley Gardner: "Gardner's books continue to be reissued regularly both here and abroad. Sales to date exceed 325 million copies." (November 22, 1992)
- The "American mystery and detective novels: a reference guide" on Edgar Wallace: "Christie alone has sold 500 million copies; Edgar Wallace, 300 million; Georges Simenon, 300 million; and Mickey Spillane, 150 million." (1999)
- I. B.Tauris & Company on Jin Yong: "Jin Yong (1924-) is China's bestselling living novelist. His 15 books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide..."
- Shue Yan Newsletter on Jin Yong: "Professor Cha adopted ‘Jin Rong’ as his pen-name for his 15 martial arts novels of which over 300 million copies have been sold to-date. Although Professor Cha stopped writing martial arts novels almost forty years ago, they remain in print and have been translated into English, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and other languages for his countless readers worldwide."
- Lewis Manalo (February 16, 2010). "The Billion Copy Opportunity". Publishing Perspectives.
Without rival, the twentieth century’s king of the genre is Louis Cha. Estimates of his book sales reach up to 300 million copies. One editor at the Far Eastern Economic Review estimated that, if one also counted the pirated copies, over 1 billion of Cha’s books have been sold. His fourteen novels have been adapted into countless comic books, television shows, and films.
- Nishi-Nippon Shinbun Archived 2008-03-30 at the Wayback Machine (Japanese Language, February 25, 2007)
- BBC AudioBooks catalogue Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine on Janet Dailey: "Janet Dailey has written more than 100 novels and is one of the world's topselling women writers, with more than 300 million copies of her books sold in nineteen languages in ninety-eight countries" (2007)
- Pamela Regis in A Natural History of the Romance Novel page 159 on Janet Dailey: "There are 300 million copies of her books in print, making her the third best-selling author of all time" (2007)
- BBC on Robert Ludlum: "He has sold more than 110 million books in 40 countries and 32 languages." (March 13, 2001)
- BBC on Robert Ludlum: "The author, who died in 2001, has sold more than 290 million books worldwide." (August 11, 2005)
- Davis, Northrop (2015). Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781623560386.
Black Jack Osamu Tezuka [...] 176 million [...] Astro Boy Osamu Tezuka [...] 100 million
- ABC News on James Patterson: "Interesting that James Patterson has sold nearly 150 million books." (March 13, 2008)
- Daily Express on James Patterson: "At the last count the 65-year-old American has sold 275 million copies of his books." (February 26, 2013)
- The New York Times on Frédéric Dard: "Mr. Dard wrote almost 300 books, of which more than 200 million copies have been sold." (June 15, 2000)
- The Washington Post on Frédéric Dard: "Mr. Dard worked as a journalist in Lyon from 1942 to 1950 before dedicating himself to novels, theater and film. He used a number of pseudonyms, among them Frederic Charles, Kaput and L'Ange Noir (The Black Angel), and sold more than 270 million books." (June 9, 2000)
- The New York Times on the Berenstains: ""sold more than 200 million copies (...)" (February 27, 2012)
- Variety on the Berenstains: "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." (April 7, 2002)
- BBC on Roald Dahl: "With his stories available in 59 languages and with more than 200 million book sales worldwide." (July 6, 2015)
- "Roald Dahl: As popular - and profitable - as ever". BBC. August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- The New York Times on John Grisham: "Over the last 15 years, more than 100 million copies of Mr. Grisham's books have been published in hardcover and paperback worldwide." (January 19, 2005)
- BBC on John Grisham: "While legal thriller writer Grisham - who has sold more that 250 million books in his 20-year career - picked up a lifetime achievement award, Ian Rankin's The Naming of the Dead won best crime thriller." (March 28, 2007)
- Trip Savy on Zane Grey: ""Zane Grey had 250 million books published," Wolfe said." (November 22, 2005)
- The Writer's Almanac on Irving Wallace: "Although often scorned by critics, his 16 novels and 17 works of nonfiction have sold some 250 million copies worldwide." (March 19, 2003)
- USA Today on J. R. R. Tolkien: "Tolkien's franchise has resulted in more than 200 million books sold globally and $3.5 billion in box office revenue — not to mention tens of millions of DVDs sold." (April 23, 2007)
- The Australian on J. R. R. Tolkien: " Tolkien's books (...) have together sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. " (October 7, 2012)
- "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series (March - May 2018)". Anime News Network. May 7, 2018.
- The Wall Street Journal on Karl May: "the best-selling German author of all time, with 100 million books" (January 1, 2004)
- Deutsche Welle on Karl May: "With sales of over 200 million books, Karl May remains a household name in today's Germany." (April 4, 2001)
- Brio announces new unpublished manuscript prize for mystery writing
- Reaching a high level of success internationally too, the Carter Brown name would see over 120 million books in print during its time.
- CBC obituary of Mickey Spillane: "He sold more than 100 million books, and Hammer inspired several TV series and movies." (July 18, 2006)
- The Washington Post on Mickey Spillane: "According to today's industry estimates, his 26 books have sold more than 200 million copies." (August 22, 2001)
- BBC on C. S. Lewis: "favourite Northern Irish author has sold over 100 million books and inspired the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings novels." (February 8, 2008)
- The Daily Herald on C. S. Lewis: "C.S. Lewis may not be on the best-seller list, but it is estimated that his 38 books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and remain in print 38 years after his death." (October 20, 2001)
- Famitsu.com (Japanese language, May 11, 2007)
- 高橋留美子：コミックスが累計2億部突破 あだち充に続く大記録, Mantan Web, March 14, 2017. (Japanese language)
- 青山剛昌氏、コミックス2億冊突破記念 あだち充氏の寄稿イラスト公開, Oricon News, April 26, 2017. (Japanese language)
- ^ https://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
- "The Official Website of Dan Brown". danbrown.com. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
- Benjamin M. Compaine and Douglas Gomery, 'Who Owns the Media?: Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media Industry' page 115"
- The Wall Street Journal on Ann M. Martin: "A year earlier, however, the movie version of "The Baby-Sitters Club" -- based on a series of young-adult books that have sold more than 180 million copies -- sold only $10 million in tickets, barely exceeding its $6.5 million budget." (October 8, 2004)
- Japan Inc. on Ryōtarō Shiba: "Altogether, including such genres as dialogues with other authors, more than 180 million copies of his books have been printed" (June 22, 2006)
- The Age on Arthur Hailey: "Arthur Hailey, who has died at his home in the Bahamas aged 84, was one of the most commercially successful authors of all time, producing 11 books which sold more than 150 million copies, were translated into about 40 languages, and brought him tens of millions of dollars" (November 28, 2004)
- The Washington Post on Arthur Hailey: "He wrote 11 books, which were published in 40 countries and 38 languages, with about 170 million copies in print." (November 27, 2004)
- Sunday Herald Archived 2008-04-13 at the Wayback Machine on Gerard De Villiers: "De Villiers, now 78, claims to have sold an extraordinary 150 million books over his career - with every year a million more added to the total in France alone." (November 19, 2007)
- Lucia Marginean in Collecting Beatrix Potter Figurines page 2, on Beatrix Potter: "Beatrix Potter's books have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over 100 million copies. " (2008)
- USA Today on Beatrix Potter: "Potter's story of the rabbit who is nearly killed after defying his mother's warnings to avoid the garden of a farmer named McGregor has sold more than 150 million copies in 35 languages." (June 23, 2003)
- The Telegraph on Michael Crichton: "His books have sold more than 150 million copies." (July 1, 2007)
- The Wall Street Journal on Michael Crichton: "Although it is always difficult to gauge the total sales of any author, Mr. Crichton's Web site states that he has sold more than 150 million books, and that 13 of them have been adapted into movies." (November 16, 2006)
- Encyclopædia Britannica on Richard Scarry: "His "busy" books and dictionaries sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, and in 1989 eight of his books made the list of the top 50 best-selling children's books of all time" (2008)
- Famous Authors on Richard Scarry: "He has written more than 300 books which have gone on to sell more than 150 million copies globally" (2012)
- The Rocky Mountain Collegian Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine on Clive Cussler: "An audit later revealed the number of Cussler books sold was around 40 million at the time the contract was negotiated in 2000." (March 5, 2007)
- The Telegraph on Clive Cussler: "His widely popular novels - his new one, Golden Buddha, the first in an adventure series called The Oregon Files, is published next month - have sold 150 million copies in 40 languages and have made the author a very wealthy man." (February 23, 2004)
- Dominic Head in The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English page 431 on Alistair MacLean: "Alistair MacLean's works have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide." (2006)
- "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TYPEWRITER says author Alistair MacLean". Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982). May 10, 1978. p. 63. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
- CBS on Ken Follett: "In all, he's sold 90 million books." (October 7, 2007)
- BBC Culture on Ken Follett: "Ken Follett explains how he arrived at the winning formula that has brought him more than 150 million sales worldwide" (October 16, 2016)
- BBC on Astrid Lindgren: "Lindgren's books have sold over 100 million copies in some 80 languages." (January 28, 2002
- FAQ at Astrid Lindgren official site Archived August 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine (in Swedish).
- Publishers Weekly on Debbie Macomber: "Last year her new books sold 2.8 million copies, bringing her total in print to more than 60 million." (June 19, 2006)
- New Release Today on Debbie Macomber: "With more than 140 million copies of her books in print, Debbie Macomber is one of today’s most popular authors." (May 31, 2011)
- Anime News Network "The official Twitter for the live-action film of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga revealed on Monday that the original Bleach manga has 120 million copies in print worldwide." (February 5, 2018)
- The New York Times on Eiji Yoshikawa: "It has remained on the Japanese best-seller list ever since its initial publication as a novel in 1971, and has sold an estimated 120 million copies." (September 13, 1981)
- The Age on Catherine Cookson: "One hundred million copies of her 103 books have been sold worldwide." (October 6, 2008
- The Telegraph on Catherine Cookson: "Cookson sold 120 million books and for a lengthy period of the 20th century was Britain’s most borrowed author." (May 29, 2015)
- The Hollywood Reporter on Stephenie Meyer: "the books have sold more than 100 million copies" (October 19, 2015)
- Publishers Weekly on Stephenie Meyer: "Little, Brown to Publish Official 'Twilight' Guide." (October 6, 2011)
- The Library of Congress on Norman Bridwell: "Now more than 80 Clifford books have been published, close to 100 million books are in print, and Clifford's adventures are published in several languages worldwide." (2002)
- KRCB television Archived 2008-04-04 at the Wayback Machine on Norman Bridwell: "Scholastic’s beloved, best-selling children’s books by Norman Bridwell, with more than 160 titles and 110 million books in print." (2008)
- The National on David Baldacci: "At last count, David Baldacci had sold 110 million copies of his incredibly popular thrillers." (August 9, 2011)
- Bachko, Katia. "Touring MoMA with The Longest Road Author Nicholas Sparks". Vanity Fair. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "'The Notebook' author Nicholas Sparks coming to Wichita". kansas. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- Crunchyroll reporting on Araki's announcement: "The official website for 56-year-old Japanese manga artist Hirohiko Araki today announced that, as of the release of the 14th volume of the current 8th arc JoJolion next Monday, his long-running Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga series has printed 100 million copies in Japan." (December 15, 2016)
- The New York Times on Ed McBain: "Ms. Gelfman, his agent, estimated that in 50 years of writing, he had sold more than 100 million copies of his work." (July 7, 2005)
- The Hollywood Reporter on Ed McBain: "Evan Hunter, 78, a best-selling cop novel author who sold more than 100 million books under his own name and the pseudonym Ed McBain." (December 30, 2005)
- The Sun Runner Archived 2008-04-05 at the Wayback Machine on Andrew Neiderman: "Aside from the fact that “The Devil’s Advocate” is a film classic featuring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, Neiderman has over 100 million books in print and has been published in 95 countries. " (2005)
- Authors' Den on Andrew Neiderman: "Neiderman has over 100 million books in print and has been published in 95 countries." (August 3, 2006)
- The Independent on Roger Hargreaves: "The popularity of the original characters led to a television series, sold 100 million books and created a business worth £130m" (January 22, 2003)
- News Australia on Roger Hargreaves: "The popular series featured characters like Mr Strong, Mr Tickle and Mr Muddle, and it has been estimated that more than 100 million books from the Mr Men range had been sold worldwide." (February 11, 2008)
- Christianity Today on Anne Rice: "novelist Anne O'Brien Rice's darkly themed books have sold more than 75 million copies" (December 1, 2005)
- Hollywood Reporter on Anne Rice: "More than 100 million copies have been sold worldwide." (July 17, 2018)
- Variety on Robin Cook: "Cook, who with more than 100 million books in print virtually owns the medical-thriller genre, appears to be branching out of his element by adding an extraterrestrial component." (May 2, 1997)
- Wesleyan University Archived 2010-11-20 at the Wayback Machine on Robin Cook: "He has sold more than 100 million books worldwide, which have been translated into approximately 40 languages." (2007)
- The Telegraph on Wilbur Smith: "Translated into 26 languages, they have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide." (April 28, 2007)
- The Herald Archived 2008-04-13 at the Wayback Machine on Wilbur Smith: "He is the author of 25 best-sellers and claims in court papers to have sold about 100 million books." (May 21, 2002)
- Augusta Chronicle on Erskine Caldwell: "Mr. Caldwell's books have sold 80 million copies and have been published in 43 languages. " (February 11, 2007)
- The New York Times on Erskine Caldwell: "More than 100 million copies of his books have been printed around the world, and his short stories continue to be included in anthologies" (December 1, 1982)
- The Newyork times on Judith Krantz: "Judith Krantz, Whose Tales of Sex and Shopping Sold Millions, Dies at 91." (June 23, 2019)
- Deadline on Judith Krantz: "Judith Krantz Dies: Best-Selling Author And Journalist Was 91 Years Old" (June 23, 2019)
- The Independent on Eleanor Hibbert: "She sold staggering amounts, in the region of 100 million copies." (September 28, 2008)
- The New York Times on Eleanor Hibbert: "Eleanor Hibbert, a prolific and popular novelist whose books, written under the pen names Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr, sold more than 100 million copies, died on Monday aboard a Mediterranean cruise ship." (January 21, 1993)
- The New York Times on Lewis Carroll: "Over 100 million copies of Carroll's book have been sold, Mr. Allen said." (April 18, 1985)
- Miami Herald on Denise Robins: "Miss Robins' novels, translated into 15 languages, sold more than 100 million copies. " (May 3, 1985)
- China.org on Cao Xueqin: "Sun said that the book has sold over 100 million copies worldwide so far. " (December 14, 2005)
- The Times of India on Ian Fleming: "Faulks took up where Fleming left off in 1966 with Octopussy and the Living Daylights, the last of 14 Bond books which have sold 100 million copies since." (July 13, 2007)
- The New Zealand Herald on Ian Fleming: "Faulks took up where Fleming left off in 1966 with Octopussy and the Living Daylights, the last of 14 Bond books which have sold 100 million copies since." (July 11, 2007-
- Eckhard Bernstein in Culture and Customs of Germany page 101 on Hermann Hesse: "Over 100 million copies of his works have been sold worldwide" (2004)
- The International Herald Tribune on Hermann Hesse: "Hesse's novels appear in 68 languages and have been sold more than 100 million copies worldwide" (October 28, 1999)
- The Washington Post on Rex Stout: "he substituted pleasure for pain and produced 42 novels and 39 novellas in the Nero Wolfe series with combined sales of more than 100 million copies" (November 20, 1977)
- The Philadelphia Inquirer on Rex Stout: "Readers have snapped up more than 100 million copies of the books." (November 29, 1986)
- Dr. Jaap van Ginneken in Screening Difference: How Hollywood's Blockbuster Films Imagine Race, Ethnicity and Culture page 124, on Anne Golon: "All together, they published thirteen titles, translated into forty-five languages and selling more than 100 million copies. " (2007)
- The Age on Anne Golon: "Somehow, despite her books having sold more than 100 million copies in 45 countries, Golon is living in straitened circumstances" (November 13, 2004)
- Kevin McCarthy's The Book Lover's Guide to Florida on Frank G. Slaughter: "Through 1990, Slaughter's books have averaged more than a million sales per title, totaling over 100 million copies." (1992)
- Steven R. Serafin in The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, p. 145, on Edgar Rice Burroughs: "[...] sales of his novels exceed 100 million copies." (2005)
- Bret E. Carroll in American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia, page 449, on Edgar Rice Burroughs: "The twenty-five novels that followed between 1912 and 1947 were a huge commercial success, with over 100 million copies sold" (2003)
- Neil Shulman e.a. in Get Between the Covers: Leave a Legacy by Writing a Book, page 225, on John Creasey: "Over his lifetime, he managed to write over 600 novels and to sell approximately 100 million copies of his books worldwide." (2006)
- Thomas D. Hamm in The Quakers in America page 208, on James Michener: "Michener produced a steady stream of books for the rest of his life, with total sales of over 100 million." (2003)
- Books from Japan on Yasuo Uchida: "Yasuo Uchida (1934–) is a popular author whose works have sold more than 100 million copies in Japan" (Japanese language, March 21, 2008)
- Deseret News on Mary Higgins Clark: "Mary Higgins Clark has been on The New York Times Best Seller list 27 times and has more than 100 million copies in print in the United States" (March 29, 2009)
- Forbes on Mary Higgins Clark: "Sales:100 million books sold" (June 6, 2011)
- The Telegraph on Penny Jordan: "selling more than 90 million copies of nearly 190 titles" (January 19, 2012)
- The Washington Post on Penny Jordan: "sold more than 100 million copies worldwide" (January 21, 2012)
- The Christian Science Monitor on Patricia Cornwell: "Cornwell’s books have sold more than 100 million copies." (February 21, 2013)
- Los Angeles Times Sales figures, by the numbers: "100 million: Estimated number of books in print." (October 2, 2013)