1 The Bible – 3.9 Billion Copies
The Bible comes in many versions and editions. The best known is The King James Bible, which last year celebrated 500 years.
2 Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung – 820 Million Copies
3 Harry Potter – 400 Million Copies
This counts all the Harry Potter books by J K Rowling.
4 Lord of the Rings – 103 Million Copies
5 The Alchemist – 65 Million Copies
The Alchemist was published in 1987. To celebrate their centenary, Montegrappa on St Joseph’s Day launched The Alchemist pen, a collaboration between Monetegrapp and Paulo Coelho. A limited edition of 1,987 to mark when The Alchemist was published.
6 The Da Vinci Code – 57 Million Copies
The success of The Da Vinci Code has been followed by many me-too Da Vinci Code books.
7 Twilight – The Saga – 43 Million Copies
Sales driven by TV series.
8 Gone With the Wind – 33 Million Copies
Gone with the Wind, a Pulitzer Prize winner by Margaret Mitchell.
9 Think and Grow Rich – 30 Million Copies
Personal advice Napoleon Hill was inspired to write by a suggestion he received from the Scottish-American billionaire Andrew Carnegie.
10 Diary of Anne Frank – 27 Million Copies
The diary written by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.