Top 10 Best Selling Books Ever

5. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

the alchemist, Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The book was initially published in 1987 and quickly became one of the best selling books in Brazil. It took the author a few years to become world renowned. The book was translated in more than 67 different languages and won the Guinness World Record for the most translated book of a living author.

Copies Sold:
65 million


4. J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

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For a lot of fantasy fans, J. R. R. Tolkien’s book is a prelude for The Lord of the Rings. With all these, The Hobbit remains one of the author’s most popular books. Published in 1937, the novel was re-edited multiple times and has been sold all around the world. Although its records are impressive, the recent release of a movie based on it is definitely going to give the sales another boost. The author has managed to create an extremely detailed fantastic world. Everything is full of life and the small details can easily help you imagine what he saw.

Copies Sold:
100 million


3. J. R. R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings

The Lord Of The Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

The book showed up as a fall back for the less complex title The Hobbit. The author never expected his work to have such a high impact over the readers. With all these, his work evolved in a way more comprehensive masterpiece. The title has also been screened in a trilogy that consists of three action and fantasy movies. Each of them gained a series of Oscars. The story presents the adventure Bilbo and his friends have to go through in order to complete their mission.

Copies Sold:
103 million copies


2. J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter

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There are 7 Harry Potter series books written by the British author J. K. Rowling. All of them have been screened as well, which helped her popularity grow some more. The Harry Potter series represented a huge attraction for both adults and kids. The little wizard’s stories are extremely varied and almost impossible to anticipate.

Copies Sold:
400 million


1. Bible

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The Bible will most likely be the best selling book in the world for a lot of time. The impressive book was written over 16 centuries and represents an impressive collection of 66 books that cover God’s words and lessons. Other than that, there are plenty of variants and some of them were unofficially released, so making some fair estimations is almost impossible.

Copies Sold:
4 billion