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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 a Media (communication), medium used to express ideas with images, often combined with text or other visual information. It typically the form of a sequence of Panel (comics), panels of images. Textual devices such as speech balloons, Glossa ...
and
textbook A textbook is a book containing a comprehensive compilation of content in a branch of study with the intention of explaining it. Textbook are produced to meet the needs of educators, usually at educational institutions. Schoolbooks are textbooks ...

textbook
s 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 ''The Count of Monte Cristo'' (french: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel written by French author Alexandre Dumas (''père'') completed in 1844. It is one of the author's more popular works, along with '' The Three Musketeers''. Li ...
'' by
Alexandre Dumas Alexandre Dumas (, ; ; born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie ; 24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870), also known as Alexandre Dumas père (where ''Suffix (name)#Generational titles, '' is French language, French for 'father', thus 'the elder/seni ...

Alexandre Dumas
, ''
Don Quixote ''The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha'' (Modern Spanish: (in Part 2, '' caballero'') , ), or just (, ;Oxford English Dictionary,Don Quixote , ), is a Spanish novel A novel is a relatively long work of narrative A narrative, ...
'' by
Miguel de Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (; 29 September 1547 (assumed)22 April 1616 Old Style and New Style dates, NS) was a Spanish writer widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language, and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists. He is ...
, and
The Lord of the Rings ''The Lord of the Rings'' is an epic high fantasy novel by the English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. Set in Middle-earth, the world at some distant time in the past, the story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's book '' ...
(which has been sold as both a trilogy of books, '' The Fellowship of the Ring'', '' The Two Towers'', and '' Return of the King'', and as a single issue) by J. R. R. Tolkien, that lack comprehensive sales figures. According to ''
Guinness World Records ''Guinness World Records'', known from its inception in 1955 until 1999 as ''The Guinness Book of Records'' and in previous United States editions as ''The Guinness Book of World Records'', is a reference book published annually, listing world ...
'' as of 1995, the
Bible The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, ''tà biblía'', "the books") is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred to Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafari and others. It appears in the form of an anthology, a compilati ...
is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5billion copies sold and distributed. Sales estimates for other printed
religious texts Religious texts are texts related to a religious tradition. They differ from literary texts by being a compilation or discussion of beliefs, mythologies, ritual practices, commandments or laws, ethical conduct, spiritual aspirations, and for c ...
include at least copies for the
Qur'an The Quran (, ; ar, القرآن, translit=al-Qurʼān, lit=the recitation, ), also romanized Qur'an or Koran, is the central religious text of Islam Islam (;There are ten pronunciations of ''Islam'' in English, differing in whether t ...
and 190 million copies for the
Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which, according to Latter Day Saint theology, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the Americas, American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. It was ...
. Among non religious texts, the ''
Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung ''Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung'' () is a book of statements from speeches and writings by Mao Zedong (formerly Romanization of Chinese, romanized as Mao Tse-tung), the former Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, published from 1964 ...
'', also known as the ''Little Red Book'', has produced a wide array of sales and distribution figures — with estimates ranging from 800million to over 6.5 billion printed volumes. Some claim the distribution ran into the "billions" and some cite "over a billion" official volumes between 1966 and 1969 alone as well as "untold numbers of unofficial local reprints and unofficial translations." Exact print figures for these and other books may also be missing or unreliable since these kinds of book 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 thus been excluded from the below lists of best-selling books for these reasons. Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide,Forbes
on ''Harry Potter'': "It and the six subsequent books have now sold 500 million copies worldwide." (22 May 2013)
''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, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. As of June 2017, the series has been translated into 80 languages, placing ''Harry Potter'' among history's List of literary works by number of translations, 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. With twelve million books printed in the first US run, it also holds the record for the highest initial print run for any book in history.


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Notes

The ''Perry Rhodan'' series has sold more than 1 billion copies,Perry Rhodan 35th anniversary Press Release
(July 1996)
but is not listed because that figure includes Pulp magazine, magazine sales, not novels alone. Similarly, the ''Jerry Cotton'' series has sold over 300 million copies, but most of these were in magazine format. The figures given for some books are for the number printed instead of confirmed sales.


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See also

* List of best-selling comic series * List of best-selling manga * List of best-selling fiction authors * List of bestselling novels in the United States * List of literary works by number of languages translated into * Lists of books


References


External links


The Internet Public Library


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