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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. This list is incomplete, since there are many books such as Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the individual Harry Potter books which are commonly cited as "best-selling books" yet have no reliable sales figures. There is a separate section on this page for books known to have sold over 10 million copies, yet do not have figures for their final sales data.

The Bible, the Qur'an, The Communist Manifesto and Quotations from Chairman Mao are widely reported as the most-printed and most-distributed books in the world, with hundreds of millions of copies believed to be in existence of each of them. Exact print figures for some such books may also be missing or unreliable since these kinds of books may be produced by many different and unrelated publishers, in some cases over many centuries. All such books have been excluded from this List of best-selling books for these reasons.


List of best-selling single-volume books

More than 100 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens English 1859200 million
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien English 1954–1955 150 million<ref>The Lord of the Rings is considered by most people to be a single book, because it was written and planned by the author to be such. Some people consider it to instead be a trilogy or series of three books, because it was originally published as a series of three volumes: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Lord of the Rings, This move by the publishing house was due largely to post-war paper shortages as well as to minimize the price of the first volume to aid sales.
Wagner, Vit. "Tolkien proves he's still the king", The Toronto Star, 16 April 2007: In subsequent printings the book has sometimes appeared as a single volume, and in at least one case was split into seven. The figure of 150 million is a 2007 estimate of copies of the full story sold, whether published as one volume, three, or some other configuration.</ref>
The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Some confusion and controversy is commonly attached to the publication data for The Little Prince and its French companion Le Petit Prince. Saint-Exupéry, its author, spoke almost no English and wrote exclusively in French. His handwritten (and almost illegible) French manuscript was converted by his secretary into a French typescript, which he submitted to his New York City publisher Reynal & Hitchcock in late 1942, which was then translated to English by their own translator. The story was first published in New York in English in April 1943, followed a week later by its French counterpart, Le Petit Prince. It was also licensed for publication in other countries by Reynal & Hitchcock before being published by Saint-Exupéry's normal publisher in France after the end of the Second World War. Le Petit Prince would not be published in France until its liberation, with Gallimard's first French printing in November 1945, which they say they did not release for sale until 1946. In approximately 1947 Gallimard sued Reynal & Hitchcock claiming it had an 'exclusive' publishing agreement with Saint-Exupéry (who was killed during the war), and later reached a rights agreement with them.|group="Note"}} || 1943 || 140 million<ref>Adamson, Thomas. Little Prince Discovery Offers New Insight Into Classic Book, Associated Press via, May 3, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2013.</ref>

The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien English 1937 100 million<ref>"Tolkien's Hobbit fetches £60,000", BBC News, 18 March 2008.</ref>
三國演義/三国演义 ("Romance of the Three Kingdoms") Luo Guanzhong Chinese 14th Century
紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber/The Story of the Stone) Cao Xueqin Chinese 1754–1791 100 million<ref>"Betting on The Red Mansions", "Sun said that the book has sold over 100 million copies worldwide so far." 14 December 2005</ref>
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie English 1939 100 million

Between 50 million and 100 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis English 1950 85 million<ref>The Telegraphy on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: "This classic story has sold more than 85 million copies in 29 different languages since its publication in 1950." (3 April 2010)</ref>
She: A History of Adventure H. Rider Haggard English 1887 83 million<ref>Time on She: "Since then it has sold 83 million copies in 44 languages." (17 September 1965)</ref>
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown English 2003 80 million<ref>San José Mercury News on The Da Vinci Code: "That earlier book has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, was adapted into a movie and made hits out of Brown's previous novels, including "Angels & Demons," whose film version is now in theaters." (5 June 2009)</ref>
Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill English 1937 70 million<ref>Forbes on Think and Grow Rich: "It has sold more than 70 million copies since its publication in 1937 and continues to sell robustly today." (March 2011)</ref>
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger English 1951 65 million
O Alquimista (The Alchemist) Paulo Coelho Portuguese 1988 65 million<ref>AFP on The Alchemist: "Film mogul Harvey Weinstein on Sunday announced the screen adaptation of the novel, written 20 years ago and translated into 56 languages, with more than 65 million copies sold." (19 May 2008)</ref>
Steps to Christ Ellen G. White English 1892 60 million<ref>Home Health Education Services Online Inc. (2008)</ref>
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov English 1955 50 million<ref></ref>
Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning) Johanna Spyri German 1880 50 million<ref>ABC Australia on Heidi: "Johanna Spyri's story has been translated into fifty languages and sold fifty million copies, but the marketing juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down - fat from it. Heidi now has her own theme park." (5 August 2002)</ref>
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Dr. Benjamin Spock English 1946 50 million<ref name=RussellAsh>The Top 10 of Everything 2002 by Russell Ash</ref>
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery English 1908 50 million<ref>Reuters on Anne of Green Gables: ""Anne of Green Gables" has sold more than 50 million copies and been translated into 20 languages, according to Penguin." (19 March 2008)</ref>
Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions: The autobiography of a horse Anna Sewell English 1877 50 million<ref>The Times on Black Beauty: "Fifty million copies of Black Beauty have been sold in the years since Anna Sewell's publisher paid her £20 for the story." (29 February 2008)</ref>
Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) Umberto Eco Italian 1980 50 million<ref>Library Journal (no date)
The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins English 1975 50 million<ref></ref>
Watership Down Richard Adams English 1972 50 million<ref>BBC News - Watership Down author Richard Adams criticises homes plan on Watership Down: "Watership Down sold more than 50 million copies." (13 December 2011)</ref>

Between 30 million and 50 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
The Hite Report Shere Hite English 1976 48 million<ref>USA today (15 May 2006)</ref>
Charlotte's Web E.B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams English 1952 45 million
The Ginger Man J. P. Donleavy English 1955 45 million<ref>The Telegraph on The Ginger Man: "The book was considered so risqué when it was published in 1955 that it was initially banned in Ireland and the US, but went on to sell 45 million copies worldwide. " (16 August 2011)</ref>
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter English 1902 45 million
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows<ref>An early press report claimed that more than 72 million copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" had been sold within the first 48 hours of publication. However, there has never been any evidence provided for this claim beyond the original source and it is almost certainly an error. All follow-up sales figures (for instance, those discussed on the separate entry for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") are consistent with total sales figures well below 30 million during the first month of publication. For example, according to Scholastic publishers, there are only 14 million copies of the American edition currently in print, and not all have been sold. At the same time, sales of the American edition were originally reported to be comparable to or greater than the number of copies sold of the British edition. As of 18 September 2007, fewer than 4 million copies of the British edition had been sold in the UK along with a comparable number sold in other countries (). Thus the total number of copies sold as of September 2007 appears to have been approximately 20-25 million. Translations into other languages began appearing in late September 2007, substantially increasing the estimated number of copies sold worldwide. In June 2008, Forbes magazine reported sales had reached 44 million.</ref> J. K. Rowling English 2007 44 million<ref>The Celebrity 100 #9: J. K. Rowling "The final one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has sold 44 million since it was published last July, including 15 million in the first 24 hours."</ref>
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach English 1970 40 million
A Message to Garcia Elbert Hubbard English 1899 40 million<ref name=RussellAsh />
Sofies verden (Sophie's World) Jostein Gaarder Norwegian 1991 40 million<ref>The National: Sophie's World author turns from philosophy to climate change on Sophie's World: "The novel has now been translated into 59 languages, and has sold an estimated 40 million copies." (14 March 2011)</ref>
Angels and Demons Dan Brown English 2000 39 million
Как закалялась сталь (Kak zakalyalas' stal'; How the Steel Was Tempered) Nikolai Ostrovsky Russian 1932 36.4 million copies in USSR
Война и мир (Voyna i mir; War and Peace) Leo Tolstoy Russian 1869 36.0 million copies in USSR<ref name=""/>
Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio) Carlo Collodi Italian 1881 35 million<ref>Repubblica Italiana on Le Avventure di pinocchio: "“The Adventures of Pinocchio” translated in more of 260 languages." (1 July 2001)</ref>
You Can Heal Your Life Louise Hay English 1984 35 million<ref>The New York Times on You Can Heal Your Life: "“You Can Heal Your Life” immediately landed on the New York Times best-seller list. More than 35 million copies are now in print around the world." (4 May 2008)</ref>
Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer English 1979 34 million<ref>The Guardian on Kane and Abel: "Kane and Abel, first published in 1979, is Archer's bestselling novel – Pan says it has sold around 34m copies worldwide." (15 June 2009)</ref>
In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? Charles M. Sheldon English 1896 30 million<ref name=RussellAsh />
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee English 1960 30 million<ref>The Orlando Sentinel on To Kill a Mockingbird: "Thirty million copies of To Kill a Mockingbird have been sold since that coming-of-age novel, about a Southern lawyer who believed that no man should be denied justice because of the color of his skin, was first published in 1960 to critical acclaim." (11 June 2006)</ref>
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann English 1966 30 million<ref name=RussellAsh />
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell English 1936 30 million<ref>The Daily Mail on Gone with the Wind: "The book has sold more than 30 million copies in the decades since the publication of Margaret Mitchell's gripping tale of the Old South gasping its last breath, as the U.S. was torn apart by Civil War and its bitter aftermath." (4 April 2008)</ref>
Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank) Anne Frank Dutch 1947 30 million<ref>Fox News on Het Achterhuis: "Thirty million copies of her diary have been sold, and it has been translated into 65 languages. " (29 March 2007)</ref>
Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) Gabriel García Márquez Spanish 1967 30 million<ref>The Walrus December 2007 issue</ref><ref> March 6, 2007</ref>
The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren English 2002 30 million<ref>ABC News on The Purpose-Driven Life: "His book, "The Purpose Driven Life," has been translated into 56 languages and has sold 30 million copies." (7 March 2007)</ref>
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough English 1977 30 million<ref>Wales Online on The Thorn Birds: "Her original novel, published in 1977 following a battle between two publishing houses that both wanted the manuscript, has sold around 30 million copies worldwide." (11 April 2009)]</ref>
The Revolt of Mamie Stover William Bradford Huie English 1951 30 million<ref>The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, p. 559, on The Revolt of Mamie Stover: "The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1951), which sold almost thirty million copies worldwide, [...]" (2005)</ref>
Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Stieg Larsson Swedish 2005 30 million<ref>Winnipeg Free Press on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: "The first book sold 30 million copies and is available in 44 languages." (15 April 2010)</ref>
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle English 1969 30 million<ref>The Telegraph on The Very Hungry Caterpillar: "It has been translated into more than 50 languages and its sales have now surpassed the 30 million mark." (3 April 2010)</ref>

Between 20 million and 30 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
The Late, Great Planet Earth Hal Lindsey, C. C. Carlson English 1970 28 million
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson English 1998 26 million<ref>The Global Times on Who Moved My Cheese: "Who Moved My Cheese has sold over 26 million copies, staying on the New York Times bestseller list since its release in 1998." (23 November 2009</ref>
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald English 1925 25 million
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame English 1908 25 million<ref>The Columbus Dispatch on The Wind in the Willows: "More than 25 million copies of the book have been sold in 70 countries since 1908, according to the Copyrights Group, which is presently promoting a new edition." (4 May 2008)</ref>
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell English 1949 25 million<ref>The Philadelphia Inquirer on Nineteen Eighty-Four: "Nineteen Eighty-Four has sold 25 million copies, is still read in high school and college, and remains the best-known example of anti-utopian literature." (22 June 2009)</ref>
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey English 1989 25 million<ref>Forbes on Covey: "Stephen Covey will be remembered most as the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold over 25 million copies." (16 July 2012)</ref>
The Celestine Prophecy James Redfield English 1993 23 million<ref>The Age on The Celestine Prophecy: "it has sold in the vicinity of 23 million copies since its publication in 1993" (22 March 2008</ref>
The Hunger GamesSuzanne CollinsEnglish2008 23 million<ref>‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy reaches 50 million copies in print milestone</ref>
The Godfather Mario Puzo English 1969 21 million<ref>The Toronto Star on Mario Puzo: "According to the Official Mario Puzo Library website, the book sold 21 million copies in hardback and paper by 1997." (21 July 2007)</ref>
Love Story Erich Segal English 1970 21 million<ref>Playbill on Love Story: "Erich Segal's best-selling novel, which has sold 21 million copies worldwide in 33 languages[...]" (23 July 2010)</ref>
狼图腾 (Wolf Totem) Jiang Rong Chinese 2004 20 million<ref>The Financial Times on Wolf Totem: "Since it first appeared in 2004, Jiang Rong’s Wolf Totem has sold as many as 20 million copies." (15 March 2008)</ref>
The Happy Hooker: My Own Story Xaviera Hollander English 1971 20 million<ref>The Philadelphia Inquirer on The Happy Hooker: "He said he found it fascinating that her book, which has sold 20 million copies to date, is still being picked up today." (26 June 2008)</ref>
Jaws Peter Benchley English 1974 20 million<ref>The Times on Jaws: "Jaws stayed for 40 weeks in the bestseller charts of The New York Times, eventually selling 20 million copies [...]" (13 February 2006)</ref>
Love You Forever Robert Munsch English 1986 20 million<ref>The Huntsville Forester on Love You Forever: "The children’s classic Love You Forever has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is in its 65th printing." (29 October 2008)</ref>
The Women's Room Marilyn French English 1977 20 million<ref>CBC on The Women's Room: "It sold 20 million copies and was widely translated, despite poor reviews." (5 May 2009)</ref>
What to Expect When You're Expecting Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Murkoff English 1984 20 million<ref>The Australian on What to Expect When You're Expecting: "What to Expect When You're Expecting, in its fourth edition, was first published in 1984 and has sold more than 20 million copies." (27 October 2010)</ref>
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain English 1885 20 million<ref>New York Times Upfront on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: "This year marks the 125th anniversary of the publication of Huckleberry Finn in the U.S., and the book is still selling—more than 20 million copies worldwide to date—and still generating controversy." (10 March 2010)</ref>
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ Sue Townsend English 1982 20 million<ref>Eureka!: Inventors describe the moment they realised they’d created a hit on The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾: " 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾' has sold more than 20 million copies." (29 October 2011)</ref>
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft Thor Heyerdahl Norwegian 1950 20 million<ref>John J. Miller on Thor Heyerdahl on National Review Online on Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft: ""Our intention was to test the performance and quality of the Inca raft, its seaworthiness and loading capacity, and to ascertain whether the elements would really propel it across the sea to Polynesia with its crew still on board," he wrote in Kon-Tiki, a book that has sold 20 million copies." (April 19, 2002)</ref>

Between 10 million and 20 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak English 1963 19 million<ref>The Irish Independent on Where the Wild Things are: "Although consisting of just 10 lines of text in total, the book has endured (with some 19 million copies sold) as a -- if not the -- definitive story about the power of a child's imagination." (4 December 2009)</ref>
The Secret Rhonda Byrne English 2006 19 million<ref>The Hindustan Times on The Secret: "The book became an international best-seller, with a reported 19 million copies in print and translations in 46 languages, and continued to hold spots on best-seller lists through 2009." (16 July 2010)</ref>
Fear of Flying Erica Jong English 1973 18 million<ref>The New Yorker on Erica Jong: "Erica Jong, the novelist, essayist, and poet, has long lamented that “Fear of Flying,” which has sold more than eighteen million copies worldwide since it was published, in 1973, has overshadowed the remainder of her sizable oeuvre." (14 April 2008, online 7 April 2008)</ref>
The Shack William P. Young English 2007 18 million<ref>The Christian Post on The Shack: "William Paul Young, best-selling author of The Shack with 18 million copies sold[...]" (15 November 2012)</ref>
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown English 1947 16 million<ref>Playthings (1 April 2007)</ref>
Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) Michael Ende German 1979 16 million<ref>OBITUARY: Michael Ende - People - News - The Independent on The Neverending Story: "Translated into 30 languages and selling over 16 million copies, it starts when 10-year-old Bastian, overweight and undervalued, decides he will read a fantastic book rather than endure another day's bullying at school." (Friday 01 September 1995)</ref>
Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney English 1994 15 million
Shōgun James Clavell English 1975 15 million<ref>Time 26 November 1990.</ref>
The Poky Little Puppy Janette Sebring Lowrey English 1942 15 million
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett English 1989 15 million<ref>CBS on Ken Follett: "But since it was published in 1989, "The Pillars of the Earth" has become an international sensation, selling 15 million copies worldwide." (7 October 2007)</ref>
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie English 1936 15 million
Das Parfum (Perfume) Patrick Süskind German 1985 15 million<ref>The Patriot Ledger on Perfume: "Yet the scene, like the movie, is so daring, so challenging, you cannot help but respect Tykwer’s unerring desire to remain true to the source novel, a book that has sold 15 million copies and has been credited with inspiring Kurt Cobain to write the Nirvana classic ‘‘Scentless Apprentice.’’" (5 January 2007)</ref>
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck English 1939 15 million<ref></ref>
The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans English 1995 15 million<ref>The Forres Gazette on The Horse Whisperer: "Mr Evans is the author of "The Horse Whisperer", which sold 15 million copies worldwide and was made into a Hollywood film in 1998 directed by and starring Robert Redford." (10 September 2008)</ref>
La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) Carlos Ruiz Zafón Spanish 2001 15 million<ref>Irish Times on The Shadow of the Wind: "[...]his novel The Shadow of the Wind has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, writes Arminta Wallace" (13 June 2009)</ref>
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams English 1979 14 million
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom English 1997 14 million<ref>USA Today on Tuesdays with Morrie: "The book has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide since 1997 and became an Oprah Winfrey-produced TV movie. " (8 April 2008)</ref>
God's Little Acre Erskine Caldwell English 1933 14 million
Va' dove ti porta il cuore (Follow Your Heart) Susanna Tamaro Italian 1994 14 million<ref>The International Herald Tribune on Follow Your Heart: "But Susanna Tamaro's "Follow Your Heart," the biggest selling Italian postwar novel, with more than 14 million copies sold, according to its publisher, Baldini Castoldi, as it was known then, sold barely 25,000 copies in the United States." (3 August 2008)</ref>
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton English 1967 13 million<ref>Fox News on The Outsiders: "According to Viking, a division of Penguin Group USA, "The Outsiders" has sold more than 13 million copies and still sells more than 500,000 a year." (29 September 2007)</ref>
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl English 1964 13 million<ref>Los Angeles Times 15 July 2005</ref>
ノルウェイの森, Noruwei no Mori (Norwegian Wood) Haruki Murakami Japanese 1987 12 million<ref>Associated Press on Norwegian Wood: "More than 10 million copies of the book have been sold in Japan alone, with 2.6 million more sold in another 33 languages." (2 September 2010)</ref>
Peyton Place Grace Metalious English 1956 12 million<ref>The Toronto Star on Grace Metalious: "It sold 100,000 copies in its first month and went on to sell another 12 million copies, was made into a film and eventually into a prime-time television series that made the young Mia Farrow a star." (21 July 2007)</ref>
Dune Frank Herbert English 1965 12 million<ref>Britannica on Dune: "the epic Dune (1965; filmed by David Lynch in 1984), which was translated into 14 languages and sold some 12 million copies, more than any other science-fiction book in history;" (24 November 2007)</ref>
La Peste (The Plague) Albert Camus French 1947 12 million<ref>China View on La Peste: "Translated into 28 languages, the book has sold more than 12 million copies around the world." (9 April 2008)</ref>
人間失格 (No Longer Human) Osamu Dazai Japanese 1948 12 million<ref>Yomiuri Shimbun (21 April 2009)</ref>
The Naked Ape Desmond Morris English 1968 12 million<ref>The Sunday Herald on The Naked Ape: "Morris is still flabbergasted that the book caused such a furore, although the publicity helped it sell 12 million copies." (11 March 2008)</ref>
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller English 1992 12 million
Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager (Man's Search for Meaning) Viktor Frankl German 1946 12 million<ref>The Australian on Man's Search for Meaning: "It's the 75th edition of a book that has sold 12 million copies and is one of the most read Holocaust texts." (14 May 2011)</ref>
Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy) Dante Alighieri Italian 1304 11-12 million (during 20th century)<ref>estimate of Giuliano Vigini (1999)</ref>
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe English 1958 11 million<ref>The Standard on Chinua Achebe: "That Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, would sell about 11 million copies in about 45 languages?" (14 March 2008)</ref>
The Prophet Khalil Gibran English 1923 11 million
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty English 1971 11 million<ref>The Wall Street Journal on The Exorcist: "Back in the 1970s, those smaller, rack-sized paperbacks were the blockbusters of the business, led by such best sellers as William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist" (11 million copies sold); Peter Benchley's "Jaws" (more than nine million copies), and Sidney Sheldon's "The Other Side of Midnight" (six million copies plus)." (14 September 2007)</ref>
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson English 1999 10.5 million<ref>The Telegraph on The Gruffalo: "The Gruffalo has sold more than 10.5 million copies, been adapted for stage in both the West End and Broadway, and in 2009 was made into a 30-minute animated film" (3April 2010)</ref>
Catch-22 Joseph Heller English 1961 10 million
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett English 1978 10 million<ref>Carlos Ramet in Ken Follett: The Transformation of a Writer page 44 on Ken Follett: "The first two editions alone sold over 10 million copies worldwide" (1999)</ref>
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking English 1988 10 million<ref>The Telegraph on Stephen Hawking: "Prof Hawking is the author of A Brief History of Time — which has sold 10 million copies — and is currently writing two books." (27 April 2007)</ref>
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss English 1957 10 million<ref>The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on The Cat in the Hat: "There are more than 10 million copies in print today in more than a dozen languages, including the Latin, "Cattus Petasatus."" (14 April 2007)</ref>
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold English 2002 10 million<ref>TVNZ on The Lovely Bones: "Published in 2002, Lovely Bones is the second novel by Alice Sebold, and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, remaining on the New York Times hardback bestseller list for over a year." (5 May 2007)</ref>
Wild Swans Jung Chang English 1992 10 million<ref>The Telegraph on Wild Swans: "Selling more than 10 million copies and topping the "most borrowed historical biography" chart in British libraries year after year, it proved a publishing phenomenon" (21 July 2007)</ref>
Santa Evita Tomás Eloy Martínez Spanish 1995 10 million<ref>Britannica on Santa Evita: "Martínez was best known as the author of two classics of Argentine and Latin American literature: La novela de Perón (1985, The Perón Novel, 1988) and Santa Evita (1995, Eng. trans., 1995); the latter was translated into 30 languages and sold more than 10 million copies." (22 November 2007)</ref>
Un di Velt Hot Geshvign (Night) Elie Wiesel Yiddish 1958 10 million<ref>The New York Times on Night: "Indeed, since it appeared in 1960, “Night” has sold an estimated 10 million copies — three million of them since Winfrey chose the book in January 2006 (and traveled with Wiesel to Auschwitz)." (20 January 2008)</ref>
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini English 2003 10 million<ref>The Times on The Kite Runner: "His first novel, The Kite Runner, sold 10 million copies." (11 April 2008)</ref>
于丹《论语》心得 (Confucius from the Heart) Yu Dan Chinese 2006 10 million<ref> on Yun Da: "" (14 April 2008)</ref>
The Total Woman Marabel Morgan English 1974 10 million<ref>ABC News on The Total Woman: "One of the first books to address the issue was Marabel Morgan's "The Total Woman," which sold more than 10 million copies to women of all religious persuasions, making it the best-selling nonfiction book of 1974." (15 April 2008)</ref>
知価革命 (Knowledge-value Revolution) Taichi Sakaiya Japanese 1985 10 million 中国社会主义经济问题研究 (Problems in China's Socialist Economy) Xue Muqiao Chinese 1979 10 million<ref> (2 August 2005)</ref>
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles English 1970 10 million<ref>U.S. News and World Report on What Color is Your Parachute: "Today, Parachute is one of the all-time bestselling careers books, with more than 10 million copies of 37 editions snapped up since 1970. " (1 October 2008)</ref>
The Dukan Diet Pierre Dukan French 2000 10 million<ref>The Toronto Star on The Dukan Diet: "The book has sold 10 million copies worldwide, but didn’t really make an impression on North America until [...]" (18 April 2011)</ref>
The Joy of SexAlex Comfort English 1972 10 million<ref>BBC Magazine on The Joy of Sex: "The Joy of Sex ended up selling more than 10 million copies around the world - more than five million in the United States alone, where it stayed in the New York Times best-seller list for a decade." (26 October 2011).</ref>
The Gospel According to PeanutsRobert L. Short English 1965 10 million<ref>[1] on The Gospel according to Peanuts: "The Gospel according to Peanuts ended up selling more than 10 million copies around the world."</ref>
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle English 1962 10 million
Life of PiYann Martel English 2001 10 million<ref>[2] on Life of Pi: "It was based on a popular novel by Yann Martel that has sold more than 10 million copies around the world."</ref>

No reliable sales figures

Note: These books do not have reliable sales data; however, there is evidence that they have sold at least 10 million copies, and therefore belong on this list.

Book Author(s) Original language First published Notes
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Spanish 1605 <ref></ref>
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. Rowling English 1997 <ref name="Harry_Potter_ABC">ABC News on Harry Potter: "Rowling has sold about 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books worldwide, according to Blair." (4 April 2011)</ref>
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling English 1998 <ref name="Harry_Potter_ABC" /><ref name="Harry_Potter_NYTimes" />
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling English 1999 <ref name="Harry_Potter_ABC" /><ref name="Harry_Potter_NYTimes" />
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling English 2000 <ref name="Harry_Potter_ABC" /><ref name="Harry_Potter_NYTimes" />
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling English 2003 <ref name="Harry_Potter_ABC" />
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling English 2005 <ref name="Harry_Potter_ABC" /><ref></ref>
Twilight Stephenie Meyer English 2005 <ref name="twisales"/>
New Moon Stephenie Meyer English 2006 <ref name="twisales"/>
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer English 2007 <ref name="twisales"/>
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer English 2008 <ref name="twisales"/>

List of best-selling book series

At least 100 million copies

Book series Author Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
Harry Potter J.K.Rowling English 7 1997-2007 450 million<ref>

The BBC on Harry Potter: "The Harry Potter novels have sold more than 450 million copies through Bloomsbury in Britain, and Scholastic in the United States." (23 June 2011)</ref>

Goosebumps R. L. Stine English 62 + spin off series 1992–1997–present 300 million<ref>Reuters on Goosebumps: "Stine is the author of "Goosebumps" and other series for young readers that have sold more than 300 million copies in 32 languages [...]" (2 August 2012)</ref>
Perry Mason Erle Stanley Gardner English 82 1933 — 1970 300 million
Berenstain Bears Stan and Jan Berenstain English over 300 1962 — present 260 million<ref>Variety on the Berenstain Bears: "The company also is offering a new animated series based on the Berenstain Bears, the hugely popular children's brand that has sold more than 260 million books worldwide." (7 April 2002)</ref>
Choose Your Own Adventure various authors English 185 1979 — 1998 250 million<ref>The Globe and Mail on Choose Your Own Adventure: "The Choose Your Own Adventure DVD movies are adaptations of the original books, which sold more than 250 million copies. " (22 August 2006)</ref>
Sweet Valley High Francine Pascal and ghostwriters English 400 1983–2003 250 million<ref>Forbes on Sweet Valley High: "But despite 250 million copies in print, in 25 languages, Sweet Valley's sugar rush has been on the decline. " (28 October 2002)</ref>
Noddy Enid Blyton English 24 1949–present 200 million
Nancy Drew various authors as Carolyn Keene English 175 1930 — present 200 million<ref>USA Today on Nancy Drew: "The series is still in print and has sold over 200 million books in 17 languages." (29 May 2002)</ref>
The Railway Series
(spawned Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends)
Rev. W. Awdry, Christopher Awdry English 41 1945–2011 200 million
San-Antonio Frédéric Dard French 173 1949–2001 200 million
The Baby-sitters Club Ann Martin English 335 1986 — present 172 million<ref>Benjamin M. Compaine and Douglas Gomery, 'Who Owns the Media?: Competition and Concentration in the Mass Media Industry' page 115"</ref>
Star Wars various authors English over 300 1977 — present 160 million<ref>The Wall Street Journal on the Star Wars books: "According to a Random House spokesman, the publisher has more than 160 million copies of "Star Wars" books in print." (1 April 2005)</ref>
Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter English 6 1902–1930 150 million
Chicken Soup for the Soul Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen English 105 1997 — present 130 million<ref>CityWire on Chicken Soup: "His Chicken Soup for the Soul series, co-authored with Jack Canfield, has sold over 130 million copies in 54 languages and spans 105 different titles." (17 August 2008)</ref>
Frank Merriwell Gilbert Patten English 209 1896 - 125 million<ref>Susan Edgerton e.a. in Imagining the Academy: Higher Education and Popular Culture page 53, on Gilbert Patten: "It is estimated that at least 125 million copies of the Frank Merriwell series (which

itself ran to at least 209 books) were sold." (2004)</ref>

Dirk Pitt Clive Cussler English 19 1973 — present 120 million
宮本武蔵 (Musashi) Eiji Yoshikawa Japanese 7 1935–1939 120 million
American Girl various authors English 1986 — present 120 million<ref>The Berkshire Eagle on American Girl: "This extraordinary success has resulted in over 120 million books and 14 million dolls sold (at $90 a pop these days)" (20 March 2008)</ref>
The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis English 7 1949–1954 120 million<ref>Hollywood's liberal losses (20 November 2005)</ref>
Mr. Men Roger Hargreaves, Adam Hargreaves English 43 1971 — present 120 million<ref>BBC News on Mr. Men: "The famous books have gone on to sell 120 million copies and have been translated into 15 different languages. " (11 August 2011)</ref>
Twilight Stephenie Meyer English 4 + 1 Novella + 1 Guide 2005–2011 116 million
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell English 1963 — present 110 million<ref>Hult Presents: Clifford The Big Red Dog LIVE!</ref>
James Bond Ian Fleming English 14 1953–1966 100 million
Martine Gilbert Delahaye, Marcel Marlier French 60 1954 — present 100 million<ref>RTBF on Martine: "Soixante albums de "Martine" ont été publiés dans la collection "Farandole" et 100 millions d'exemplaires vendus dans le monde." (21 January 2011)</ref>

Between 50 million and 100 million copies

Book series Author Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
Nijntje (Miffy) Dick Bruna Dutch 119 1955 — present 85 million
Fear Street R. L. Stine English 114 1989 — present 80 million<ref>Luisa Gerasimo e.a. in The Teacher's Calendar of Famous Birthdays page 8, on R. L. Stine: "That year he also created Fear Street, the first horror series for teenagers, which sold 80 million copies." (2003)</ref>
The Vampire Chronicles Anne Rice English 12 1976-2003 80 million
Pippi LongstockingAstrid LindgrenSwedish3 + 3 picture books1945-2001 80 million<ref> Children's writer told £200,000 prize is no fantasy</ref>
OSS 117 Jean Bruce French 265 1949–1992 75 million<ref>The Los AngelesDaily News on OSS 117: "Jean Bruce wrote 265 OSS 117 novels, selling some 75 million copies and spawning seven movies between 1956 and 1970." (1 August 2008)</ref>
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney English 7 2007–present 75 million
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne; illustrated by E. H. Shepard English 2 1926–1928 70 million
Magic Tree House series Mary Pope Osborne English 43 1992–present 70 million<ref>Lexington Herald-Leader on the Magic Tree House series: "The series has sold 70 million copies in North America and has been translated into 28 different languages in 31 countries." (25 November 2010)</ref>
Fifty Shades of GreyE. L. JamesEnglish32011–201270 million<ref>Oh, My! That Dirty Book Has Sold 70 Million Copies on Fifty Shades of Grey: "E.L. James's "Fifty Shades" erotic trilogy sold more than 70 million copies in print, audio and e-book editions in English, German and Spanish from March through December, according to Bertelsmann SE & Co., parent of the books' publisher Random House." (27 March 2013)</ref>
Left Behind Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins English 16 1996 — 2007 65 million
A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler English 13 1999–2006 65 million<ref>The Globe and Mail on A Series of Unfortunate Events: "whose 13 “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books for children have sold an astonishing 65 million copies." (10 January 2012)</ref>
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder English 12 1932–2006 60 million<ref>The Green Bay Press Gazette on Little House on the Prairie: "If there was any doubt that a love for "Little House is an everlasting one, consider not only that 60 million copies of the Wisconsin-born Wilder's books have been sold since 1932[...]" (24 July 2010)</ref>
Jack Reacher Lee Child English 16 1997–present 60 million<ref>The Belfast Telegraph on the Jack Reacher books: "2012 marks a landmark year for Lee Child, whose Jack Reacher thrillers have now sold in excess of 60 million copies worldwide." (7 September 2012)</ref>
Discworld Terry Pratchett English 39 1983–present 55 million<ref>AFP on Terry Pratchett: "The 59-year-old author -- whose Discworld books have sold 55 million copies worldwide and have been translated into some 27 languages -- announced in December that he had been diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of the degenerative brain disease." (13 March 2008)</ref>
Where's Wally?<ref>U.S. title: Where's Waldo?</ref> Martin Handford English 13 1987–present 55 million<ref>Variety on Where's Waldo: "The books have sold more than 55 million copies in more than 38 countries and been translated into more than 30 languages" (7 November 2011)</ref>
Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson Swedish 3 2005–2007 53 million<ref>Bloomberg on the Millennium Trilogy: "Stieg Larsson -- the late Swedish author whose “Millennium Trilogy” has sold 53 million copies around the world --" (15 March 2011)</ref>
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus John Gray English 15 1992–present 50 million<ref>The Star on the Mars Venus series: " You must be from another planet if you have not heard of Gray and his Mars Venus universe. Fifty million of his books have been sold in 40 different languages." (24 February 2008)</ref>
The Hardy Boys various authors as Franklin W. Dixon English 190 1927–present 50 million<ref>The Unofficial Hardy Boys Home Page, "from the publisher McFarland & Company": In its 80 year history, the Hardy Boys series has sold over 50 million books in over 25 languages (20 February 2008)</ref>
The Bobbsey Twins various authors as Laura Lee Hope English 72 1904–1979 50 million<ref>The New York Times: The Bobbsey Twins Carry On (And On and On) "...a series of more than 70 books for children 7 to 9 years old that has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide." (17 August 1987)</ref>
Tarzan Edgar Rice Burroughs English 26 1914–1995 50 million<ref>Screening Difference: How Hollywood's Blockbuster Films Imagine Race Jaap van Ginneken, 2007</ref>
The Hunger Games trilogy Suzanne Collins English 3 2008–2010 50 million<ref>The Hindustan Times on The Hunger Games: "The Hunger Games reaches 50 million mark" (24 July 2012)</ref>

Between 30 million and 50 million copies

Book series Author Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
A Child's First Library Of Learning various authors English 29 1980 - 45 million
Junie B. Jones Barbara Park English 30 1992 - 44 million<ref>The Alameda Sun on Junie B. Jones: "The series, launched in 1992, offers 27 books and an interactive journal, and has sold 44 million copies around the world." (27 June 2008)</ref>
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson English 14 1990 - 2013 44 million<ref>The Coventry Telegraph on The Wheel of Time: "The Wheel of Time series has sold 44 million copies worldwide and spawned computer, trading-card and role-playing games; a soundtrack; comicbooks; and numerous fan sites." (18 August 2008)</ref>
Harry Bosch Michael Connelly English 15 1992 - 42 million<ref>The Irish Independent on Harry Bosch: "Crime writer Michael Connelly's Hieronymous 'Harry' Bosch thrillers have sold 42 million copies, [...]" (5 November 2011)</ref>
Jack Reacher Lee Child English 15 1997–present 40 million<ref>Winnipeg Free Press on Jack Reacher: "There are 15 Reacher books in total, having sold approximately 40 million copies." (18 June 2011)</ref>
Harry Hole Jo Nesbø Norwegian 9 1997–present 40 million<ref>The Anniston Star on Harry Hole: "The series has been translated into 40 languages and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide." (29 July 2011)</ref>
连环画 铁道游击队 (Picture-and-story book Railway Guerilla) original author: Liu Zhixia Chinese 10 1955–1962 36.52 million<ref>China Pictorial October 2006</ref>
Paddington Bear Michael Bond English 70 1958–present 35 million<ref>Daily Mail on Paddington Bear: "To date, Paddington books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and are available in more than 40 languages." (2 June 2008)</ref>
The Inheritance Cycle Christopher Paolini English 4 2002–2011 33 million
徳川家康 (Tokugawa Ieyasu) Sohachi Yamaoka Japanese 26 1950–1967 30 million
Ramona Beverly Cleary English 8 1955–1999 30 million<ref>ABC News on Ramona: "The film is adapted from Beverly Cleary's series of "Ramona" books, which go back more than 50 years and have sold 30 million copies." (23 July 2010)</ref>
The Dark Tower Stephen King English 8 1982-2012 30 million
The DestroyerWarren Murphy and Richard Sapir, various authors English 1501971–present 30 million<ref>From Grey To Gray In His New Film, Joel Grey Piles On Years With Makeup on The Destroyer: "The movie, by Dick Clark, Larry Spiegel and Mel Bergman Productions, is based on the "Destroyer" novel series of some 62 books which has sold 30 million copies." (11 October 1985)</ref>

Between 20 million and 30 million copies

Book series Author Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
ノンタン (Nontan) Sachiko Kiyono Japanese 25 1976–2006 28 million<ref> Kids (11 December 2008)</ref>
Curious George Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey English 58 1941–present 27 million<ref>How Curious George Escaped the Nazis</ref>
グイン・サーガ (Guin Saga) Kaoru Kurimoto Japanese 118 1979–2009 26 million<ref>Asahi Shimbun (9 April 2005)</ref>
Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey English 1997–present 26 million<ref>Big Tent Entertainment
三毛猫ホームズシリーズ (Mike-neko Holmes series) Jirō Akagawa Japanese 43 1978–present 26 million<ref>Yomiuri Shimbun (3 March 2003)</ref>
Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki Sharon Lechter English 18 1997- 26 million<ref>The Financial Express on Rich Dad, Poor Dad: "He has written 18 books, which have sold over 26 million copies." (6 July 2008)</ref>
Kurt Wallander Henning Mankell Swedish 10 1991–2002 25 million<ref>The Guardian on Wallander: "[...] the crime novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell, which have sold 25 million copies worldwide." (21 September 2008)</ref>
Sagaen om Isfolket (The Legend of the Ice People) Margit Sandemo Norwegian 47 1982–1989 25 million<ref>Norwegian best selling author to cast spell on the UK</ref>
The Sword of TruthTerry GoodkindEnglish121998–200725 million<ref>Terry Goodkind Net Worth</ref>
鬼平犯科帳 (Onihei Hankachō) Shōtarō Ikenami Japanese 24 1968–1990 24.4 million, only bunkobon<ref> (Gokujo No Tabi October 2003)</ref>
Brain Quest series various authors English 1992–present 23.7 million<ref>Storybook Cove</ref>
かいけつゾロリ (Kaiketsu Zorori) Yutaka Hara Japanese 41 1987–present 23 million<ref>Asahi Shimbun (5 May 2005) (PDF file)</ref>
South Beach Diet Arthur Agatston English 6 2003–present 22 million<ref>The Miami Herald on the South Beach Diet books: "The South Beach Diet became a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller and the six books in the series have sold 22 million copies." (15 January 2008</ref>
竜馬がゆく (Ryoma ga Yuku) Ryōtarō Shiba Japanese 5 1963–1966 21.5 million<ref>Japan Inc. (22 June 2006)</ref>
ズッコケ三人組 (Zukkoke Sanningumi) Masamoto Nasu Japanese 50 1978–2004 21 million<ref>Yomiuri Shimbun (16 January 2007)</ref>
Shannara Terry Brooks English 20 1977–present 21 million<ref> (15 August 2006)</ref>
Redwall Brian Jacques English 22 1986–present 20 million<ref>[3] on Redwall: "Brian Jacques’ award-winning books, which have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide in 28 languages." (8 May 2009)</ref>
Maisy Lucy Cousins English 23 1990–present 20 million<ref name=rjmlicensing />
Dragonlance various authors English more than 150 1984 — present 20 million<ref> (4 February 2008)</ref>
幻魔大戦 (Genma Taisen) Kazumasa Hirai Japanese 20 1979–1983 20 million<ref>IT Media Mobile (4 April 2005)</ref>
青春の門 (The Gate of Youth) Hiroyuki Itsuki Japanese 1970–present 20 million<ref>

The Japan Times (20 March 2005)</ref>

The Foundation Trilogy Isaac Asimov English 3<ref>However further 'Foundation' books were written by Asimov from 1982, extending the direct series to seven books, however these four further novels tell two largely independent stories. Ultimately many of Asimov's works join to form a single time line encompassing 20,000 years of future-history. To further add the extent of the series, a 'Second Foundation Trilogy' of books by contemporary Sci-Fi writers also explicitly join with the series.</ref> 1950–1953 20 million<ref>IGN 27 June 2000</ref>
Horrible Histories Terry Deary English 24 1993–present 20 million<ref>The Stage on Horrible Histories: "[...] based on the hugely successful (20 million copies sold worldwide) series of children’s books by Terry Deary, who also wrote this adaptation." (1 October 2008)</ref>
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer English 8 2001–2012 20 million<ref>The Irish Times on Artemis Fowl: "Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl titles – Die Hard with Fairies, as it has been described – have sold 20 million copies across the world in the nine years since he published the first one." (24 July 2010)</ref>
Rainbow Magic Daisy Meadows English 80+ 2003–present 20 million<ref> on Rainbow Magic: "A publishing phenomenon, “Rainbow Magic” has sold 20+ million copies in 31 languages worldwide, including over 6 million books in print in the U.S." (23 November 2010)</ref>
Morgan Kane Louis Masterson Norwegian 90 1966– 20 million<ref> (7 Mai 2004)</ref>
The Southern Vampire MysteriesCharlaine HarrisEnglish132001–201320 million<ref>Dinner with a vampire author?</ref>

Between 15 million and 20 million copies

Book series Author Original language No. of installments First published Approximate sales
科学のアルバム (Kagaku no album) various authors Japanese 1970–present 19 million
剣客商売 (Kenkaku Shobai) Shotaro Ikenami Japanese 18 1972–1989 18 million<ref>Fuji T.V. (2004)</ref>
Erast Fandorin Boris Akunin Russian 12 1998–present 18 million<ref>The Telegraph on Erast Fandorin: "The two authors share a quality that has seen Akunin shift 18 million copies of his Fandorin stories" (25 February 2007)</ref>
吸血鬼ハンターD (Vampire Hunter D) Hideyuki Kikuchi Japanese 17 1983–present 17 million<ref>Publishers Weekly on Vampire Hunter D: "The books have sold more than 17 million copies around the world." (30 September 2008)</ref>
涼宮ハルヒシリーズ(Haruhi Suzumiya Series) Nagaru Tanigawa Japanese 11 2003–present 16.5 million<ref>Anime News Network "over 16.5 million copies of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series have been published in 15 countries" (20 April 2011)</ref>
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams, plus a final book by Eoin Colfer English 6 1979–2008 16 million<ref>BBC on The Hichhiker's Guide: "About 16 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide" (17 September 2008)</ref>
Bridget Jones Helen Fielding English 2 1996–present 15 million<ref>Helen Fielding: Beyond Bridget The Independent 2003</ref>
The Riftwar Cycle Raymond E. Feist English 25 1982–present 15 million<ref> 2006</ref>
Percy Jackson & the Olympians Rick Riordan English 5 2005–2009 15 million<ref> 2010</ref>
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith English 9 1999–present 15 million<ref>BBC on Alexander McCall Smith: "His books, featuring the unconventional No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, have sold 15 million copies in English, not counting the 42 languages they've been published in elsewhere." 7 March 2008</ref>
ぼくらシリーズ(Bokura series) Osamu Soda Japanese 36 1985–present 15 million<ref>Kyodo Tsushin( (20 December 2001)</ref>
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman English 3 1995–2000 15 million<ref>The New York Times on His Dark Materials: "His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman's trilogy inspired by Paradise Lost, has sold 15 million copies worldwide, while the film version of the first volume, The Golden Compass, has earned more than $150 million." (13 January 2008)</ref>
銀河英雄伝説 (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) Yoshiki Tanaka Japanese 14 1982–1989 15 million<ref>Impress Watch (24 April 2008)</ref>
Der Regenbogenfisch (Rainbow Fish) Marcus Pfister German 1992–present 15 million<ref>Publishers Weekly (24 August 2006)</ref>
A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin English Currently 5. 7 Planned. 1996–present 15 million<ref>George R.R. Martin: At the top of his Game (of Thrones)</ref>


The Perry Rhodan series has sold more than 1 billion copies,<ref>Perry Rhodan 35th anniversary Press Release (July 1996)</ref> but is not listed because that figure includes 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 Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is included in the list as a single entry because it was written by Tolkien as a single book.

List of best-selling regularly updated books

More than 100 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
新华字典 (Xinhua Zidian / Xinhua Dictionary) Chief editor: Wei Jiangong Chinese 1957 400 million<ref>400 million copies of Chinese-character dictionaryPeople's Daily</ref>
Scouting for Boys Robert Baden-Powell English 1908 100–150 million
The McGuffey Readers William Holmes McGuffey English 1853 125 million
Guinness World Records (published every year) various authors English 1955–present 115 million
American Spelling Book (Webster's Dictionary) Noah Webster English 1783 100 million<ref name=RussellAsh />

Between 50 million and 100 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
World Almanac (published every year) various authors English 1868–76; 1886–present 80 million
六星占術によるあなたの運命 (Rokusei Senjutsu (Six-Star Astrology) Tells Your Fortune) Kazuko Hosoki Japanese 1986–present 79 million
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Merriam-Webster English 1898 55 million

Between 30 million and 50 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
Roget's Thesaurus Peter Mark Roget English 1852– 40 million
できるシリーズ (Dekiru Series) Impress Dekiru Series Editorial Desk Japanese 1994–present 40 million
수학의 정석 (數學의 定石) (The principle of Mathematics - Mathematics reference book) Hong Sung-dae Korean 1966–present (current edition since 1997) 40 million<ref>한국경제(The Korean Financial Newspaper) (10 January 2005)</ref>
~ 37 million
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book various authors English 1930 - 38 million
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary A. S. Hornby English 1948 30 million<ref>The Telegraph on the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: "Thirty million copies of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary have been sold since it was first published in 1948. " (3 June 2005)</ref>
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Bill Wilson English 1939 30 million<ref>Akron Beacon Journal on The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book: While the title of the book is actually Alcoholics Anonymous, the members of AA refer to it as the Big Book. This is the basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA's text on how to stay sober. "And this year is also the 70th anniversary of the publication of A.A.'s Big Book, which has sold nearly 30 million copies since 1939." (11 June 2009)</ref><ref>Twelve Step Programs Worldwide about "Alcoholics Anonymous", the book affectionately known as "The Big Book". The 25 millionth copy of the Big Book was published in 2005, and about 1 million copies are sold each year. This means that as at 2010 there have been about 30 million copies sold, ranking it high on the list of best-selling books ever. More impressive still, it has sold this many copies even though it is available free online in English, Spanish and French - links provided."</ref>
Le guide Michelin France (The Michelin Guide France) (published every year) various authors French 1900–present 30 million<ref>Map Repoat May 2004 "The Michelin Guide France 2004 Celebrates Its. 30 Millionth Copy", p.20</ref>

Between 20 million and 30 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
Betty Crocker Cookbook various authors as Betty Crocker English 1955- 27 million
超図解シリーズ (Cho-Zukai series) X media Japanese 1996–2007 25 million
自由自在 (Jiyu Jizai) various authors Japanese 1953–present 24 million
新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai kokugo jiten) Tadao Yamada Japanese 1972 20.4 million<ref name=asashi2008>Asahi Shimbun 16 January 2008</ref>
English Grammar Lindley Murray English 1795 20 million<ref>The New York Times (9 January 2005)</ref>

Between 10 million and 20 million copies

Book Author(s) Original language First published Approximate sales
The Joy of Cooking various authors English 1936 18 million<ref>New York Times 1 November 2006</ref>
スーパーマップル (Super Mapple) various authors Japanese 1991–present 18 million<ref>Shobunsha (2007)</ref>
チャート式 (Chart Shiki) various authors Japanese 1927–present 17.44 million, only for the first grade of high-school<ref name=NKS2005 />
英語基本単語集 (Eigo Kihon Tangoshu) "Compilation of basic English vocabulary" Yoshio Akao Japanese, English 1942 17.2 million<ref name=NKS2005>Nihon Keizai Shimbun morning edition, 10 January 2005.</ref>
試験に出る英単語 (Siken Ni Deru Eitango) "English vocabulary in examinations" Ichiro Mori Japanese, English 1967 15 million<ref>OK Wave (6 October 2006)</ref>
新英和中辞典 (Shin Eiwa Chu Jiten) "New English-Japanese-Chinese Dictionary" Shigeru Takebayashi Japanese, English 1967 12 million<ref>Techno Craft (10 February 2006)</ref>
広辞苑 (Kōjien) Izuru Shinmura Japanese 1955 11 million<ref name=asashi2008 /><ref>J-CAST News (24 October 2007)</ref>
旺文社古語辞典 (Obunsha Kogo Jiten) "Obunsha Dictionary of Archaisms" Akira Matsumura Japanese 1960 11 million<ref>Obunsha (2007)</ref>
三省堂国語辞典 (Sanseido Kokugo Jiten) "Sanseido Dictionary of the Japanese Language" Kenbō Hidetoshi Japanese 1960 10 million
家庭に於ける實際的看護の秘訣 (Katei Ni Okeru Jissaiteki Kango No Hiketsu) "Key to Practical Personal Care at Home" Takichi Tsukuda Japanese 1925 10 million
C程序设计 (C Program Design) Tan, Haoqiang Chinese 1991 10 million<ref> (June 29, 2009)</ref>

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