Best-selling Books of All Time

atkins-bookshelf-booksExcluding the Bible, which has sold more than 6 billion copies worldwide (and most likely, that is a conservative estimate), the list of the best-selling books of all times (single volumes, written in English) is dominated by classic works of fiction written in the early part of the 19th century by British authors (two of them were close friends). At the top of the list is one of the most popular, best-selling author of all time. Only one author has two books in the list; and there is only one book that was written in the 21st century. The remarkable feat is that all of these books have always been in print (some for as long as 150 years!) — and with their migration to the digital platform, perhaps they will be around for another few centuries. Approximate sales are listed after the title and author.

1. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens: 200 million
2. The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J.R.R. Tolkien: 150 million
3. The Little Prince (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: 140 million
4. The Hobbit ((1937) by J.R.R. Tolkien: 100 million
5. And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie: 100 million
6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis: 85 million
7. She: A History of Adventure (1887)  by H. Rider Haggard: 83 million
8. The Da Vinci Code (2003) by Dan Brown: 80 million
9. Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill: 70 million
10. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger: 65 million

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