Top 10 Most Successful Books of All Time

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Let us have a look at the compilation of the top 10 bestselling books of all time based on the combined sales of all the editions of the books covered in the list.


1. The Bible


Author- many contributed; 2.5-6 billion copies sold (inconclusive

Although we may not be able to get material evidence to ascertain the exact number of copies sold, The Bible is easily the most widely read Book of the human race. When the Printing Press was first invented during the Renaissance, the Bible was the first to be printed.


2. Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-Tung


Author- Mao Tse-tung; 800 million copies sold
It is also known as The Red Book. Its claim to second spot in the circle of 10 most popular books is mainly due to the large population of its captive readership.


3. A Tale of Two Cities

Author-Charles Dickens-200 million copies sold

The book is set in Paris and London before and during the French Revolution. It also examines the strife of Third Estate against the aristocracy.


4. Lord of the Rings

Author: J.R.R. Tolken-150 million copies sold

The books are high fantasy epics that are beloved 50 years later by fans all around the world. It is a continuation of the Hobbit which was another fantasy novel written by the same author.


5. The Guinness Book of Records


Author- unknown; 115 million copies sold

This bestseller made it to the top because of our penchant for the outrageous and even the bizarre extremes. If you care to learn about the largest ball of ear wax then this book should be on your bookshelf.


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