We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best selling books of all time, based on individual book sales. The books are listed according to the highest sales estimate as reported in reliable, independent sources. The best selling books of all time are hard to list, as reliable sales figures are hard to find, especially for The Bible and The Quran, the most printed books of all time.
Here are the 10 Best Selling Books of All Time with their estimated sales figures.
1. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens – Over 200 million copies sold
A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens’ greatest and darkest novels. Set in the final quarter of the 18th century, Dickens presents to us the brutality that led to the anarchy of the French Revolution, as seen by Britons and by the Revolutionaries themselves.
2. The Lord of the Rings – – Over 150 million copies sold
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s 1937 children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II.
3. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Over 140 million copies sold
4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J. K. Rowling – Over 107 million copies sold
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage, as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
5. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie – Over 100 million copies sold
The novel concerns a group of ten previously unacquainted people who are lured via various pretexts to Indian Island, a resort home off the coast of Devon–and are promptly accused by their unseen host of having escaped punishment for past crimes. Cut off from the world and fighting rising panic, they scramble to unmask the killer even as their number is reduced in macabre accordance with the “Ten Little Indians” nursey rhyme displayed in rooms throughout the house.
6. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien – Over 100 million copies sold
A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.
7. She: A History of Adventure – H. Rider Haggard – Over 100 million copies sold
She is Ayesha, the mysterious white queen of a Central African Tribe-and the goal of three English gentlemen, who must face shipwreck, fever, and cannibals in their quest to find her hidden realm. First published in 1887, She has enthralled the imaginations of many-from Freud, who prescribed the book to one of his patients, to the generations of readers, who remain fascinated by the book’s revealing and fantastic representations of dangerous women, adventuring men, and unexplored Africa.
8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis – Over 85 million copies sold
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.
9. The Da Vinci Code: A Novel – Dan Brown – Over 80 million copies sold
Brown’s latest thriller (after Angels and Demons) is an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance.
10. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill – Over 70 million copies sold
Best Selling Books of All Time