Ten most read books in the world

Holy Bible

Holy Bible

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.

J K Rowling was recently listed as one of the 60 most influential Christians. The list included Canon Andrew White, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

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.

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