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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.

Religious books, especially the Bible and the Qur’an, are probably the most-printed books, but it is nearly impossible to find reliable figures about them. Many copies of the Bible and the Qur’an are printed and given away free, instead of being sold. The same goes for some political books, like the works of Mao Zedong or Adolf Hitler. Dictionaries are also not included in the list and had these been included, it would make Xinhua Zidian, the Chinese dictionary, the all time best-selling book as official figures show that above 400 million copies have been sold since its publication in 1953.  All such books have been excluded from this list for those reasons.

10. THINK AND GROW RICH

Copies Sold: 70 Million

Author: Napoleon Hill

Country: United States

Language: English

Genre: Personal-Success

Publisher: The Ralston Society

Publication Date: 1937

About the AUTHOR

09. THE DA VINCI CODE

Copies Sold: 80 Million

Author: Dan Brown

Country: United States

Language: English

Genre: Thriller/Conspiracy Fiction

Publisher: Doubleday group (US), Transworld Publishers (UK), Bantam Books (UK)

Publication Date: 2003

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 08. LE PETIT PRINCE (The Little Prince)

Copies Sold: 80 Million

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Country: France

Language: French

Genre: Children Literature/Novella

Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock

Publication Date: 1943

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07. SHE

Copies Sold: 83 Million

Author: H. Rider Haggard

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Gothic

Publisher: Longmans

Publication Date: 1887

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 06. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Copies Sold: 85 Million

Author: C. S. Lewis

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy, Children Literature

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles

Publication Date: 1950

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05. AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Copies Sold: 100 Million

Author: Agatha Christie

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Genre: Crime Novel

Publisher: Collins Crime Club

Publication Date: 1939

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04. DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER

Copies Sold: Over 100 Million

Author: Cao Xueqin

Country: China

Language: Chinese

Genre: Novel

Publisher: Unknown

Publication Date: 18th Century

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03. THE HOBBIT 

Copies Sold: Over 100 Million

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Genre: Children Literature/Fantasy Novel

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin

Publication Date: 1937

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02. HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE 

Copies Sold: Over 107 Million

Author: J. K. Rowling

Language: English

Genre: Children Literature/Fantasy Novel

Publisher: Bloomsbury (UK), Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic (US)

Publication Date: 1997

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01. A TALE OF TWO CITIES 

Copies Sold: Over 200 Million

Author: Charles Dickens

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Genre: Novel, Historical, Social Criticism

Publisher: Chapman & Hall (UK)

Publication Date: 1859

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