Do you love reading books?
How do you pick the books that you buy and read? If you are like most people, then you pay attention to what others say when it comes to books that are worth reading. That’s a proven way that you can find the best titles that you should check out. There is no other method that you can find that would give you the same guarantee about the best titles that you can read. It’s not always that you will like what others recommend to you, but sometimes it can guide you to finding that gem of a book that will become your favourite.
Another proven method of finding good books to read is through doing research about the titles that a lot of people are buying. If a lot of people have been buying a certain title then there must be some merit to it and the book must be worth reading.
What follows is a list of some of the bestselling books of all time. Coming up with the titles that has the greatest number of sales is not an easy thing. There is no one authority that keeps track of the number sales made by books. Then the problem is complicated by some titles. Religious works such as the Bible and the Quran are the most widely read books, but people do not always buy them. Many copies of these books are given out for free. Even if the copies of those books were bought, it is tricky listing them down because religious texts are required to be read. People will buy them no matter what.
The titles on this list are some of the books that have enjoyed the greatest number of sales in history. Most of these are works of fiction that have become beloved by millions.
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Don Quixote is the oldest title in this list and it was originally published in 1612. It is one of the first novels to have ever been written. The tale is about a gentleman who becomes so enamoured with the tales of knights and their chivalry that he decides to become one. He sets out on a journey to find adventures and to help others. The tale is one of the most beloved of all time and it has enthralled readers for hundreds of years.
There is no sure way to determine the number of sales of Don Quixote. Some estimates place the number of copies sold to be as high as 500 million. That is possible since the book is very popular and it has been around for a very long time.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is one of the most beloved authors of all time so it is not surprising that there should be one of his books on this list. His novels are some of the most widely read books in the English language. The book is about the state of the society that leads to the French Revolution. Its opening is one of the most famous in all of literature, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
There is no way that the real number of sales of the title can be determined. Some have placed the estimate at 200 million. The book has been in public domain for some time and it has been published in many editions over the course of its history. It is also included in the list of required reading in many schools.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is the work that established the high fantasy genre and remains to be the highest selling fantasy work of all time. You might be familiar that it is not a single novel, but is made up of three titles, but Tolkien actually meant it to be as just one book. It was the publisher who decided to print it under three different titles.
Since its first publication in the 1950s, the book has enjoyed a steady following and the movie versions that were made for it also contributed a great deal to its popularity. It is estimated that it has sold 150 million copies.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
One would assume that it is easier to know the exact number of copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that were sold. It was published recently when modern means of tracking sales are already in place. But the officially recognized number of 107 million copies sold is an estimate at best. This is the first book in the Harry Potter series and is very popular around the world. Different publishers in different countries have claimed to exaggerate sales numbers which makes it impossible to know the real figure.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None is the bestselling title of Agatha Christie, who was once the bestselling author in the world. Exact number of copies sold is hard to determine, but estimates place it at 100 million. Estimates place the total number of books sold by Christie at 1 billion, a tough act to follow for modern authors.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
First published in 1943, this children’s book is about a prince who lives in a small asteroid. The book first gained popularity in France, but it soon became known in other countries as well. Monuments have been erected to it around the world and there is even an asteroid now that is named after the boy in the book. It is not easy to determine the actual number of copies sold. Estimates place it between 80 million to 200 million copies.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This is a fantasy novel that was intended for children. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is perhaps the best example of a magical doorway tale, where a passage to a different world is found by normal people. The book led to a whole series and has been turned into movies as well. Estimates place the number of sales at 85 million.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
You might still remember the controversy that was stirred by Dan Brown’s book. The novel is about the mysteries of the Catholic Church and the conspiracies that are used to hide them. The controversy contributed to the number of sales which is believed to be at 80 million. The movie which starred Tom Hanks also helped to make it even more popular.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a retelling of an old folk tale by Paulo Coelho. It was originally written in Portuguese. It is claimed that it has sold over 65 million copies, but there are those who are doubtful about that claim. Some say that the number of sales was inflated in order to generate interest about a film adaptation of the book.
There are other books that can claim a place on the list of bestselling books of all time. The problem is that there is really no clear way of determining the number of copies sold.