The Best Selling Books of All Time

Books ahve been around for a long time and that has made me ask which book or books have sold the most of all time. You will be surprised to see which books made the best selling books of all time list.

Books that Sold Over 200 Million Copies

Selling over 200 million books is in insane amount that we can’t even fathom. How many books have cracked this number? The answer is two. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Charles Dickens’ novel was released in 1859 and Saint-Exupery’s novel was released in 1943.

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Best selling books of all time!

Those two books would not have been my first two guesses. They have been out out for a long time and sell a lot which has obviously added up to a lot. The next highest selling novel hasn’t been out half as long but has still sold a lot in its short time.

Books that Sold Over a 100 Million Copies

With over 120 million copies sold, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling is the third highest selling novel. Released in 1997, it is the newest novel that cracked the 100 million mark. If you grew up in the early 2000’s, then you know how big Harry Potter was and still is today.

Next on the list is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. She is the queen of Whodunnit novels and her book sales prove just that. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien also have sold a hundred million copies, joining the exclusice list.


Were you shocked to see any of the novels on this list? What novels did you expect to be on this list but weren’t. And do you want to see more best sellers and how much copies they have sold? Let us know in the comment s below!

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5 thoughts on “The Best Selling Books of All Time

  1. Diana @ Thoughts on Papyrus says:

    Interesting and I am surprised and even disappointed by Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities being number two. It is far from being my favourite of Dickens and I don’t actually understand its general popularity, but I understand that the majority will not be be up for a hefty tome and it is relatively short by Dickens’s standard. It also has a love story of a sort and the French Revolution context (though Hugo did it better). I adore The Little Prince and And Then There Were None, so understandable best-sellers for me.


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