During the last decade, we’ve seen a drop in book sales because people can read them online or download them and listen to them. This isn’t the time to give up on paper books just yet. The twenty best-selling books we’ve chosen to include on this list are still in high demand and selling well.
From classic novels to ancient dictionaries, the books on this list have been chosen based on how many copies they have sold around the world. In that case, here are the 20 best-selling books of all time in order of how many copies they’ve sold.
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The Best-Selling Books of All Time
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
It’s number one on the list of the 20 most popular books of all time. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is number one. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh book in J.K. Rowling’s series, and it was written by her in Britain. In the United Kingdom, Bloomsbury Publishing released the book on July 21, 2007. Scholastic in the United States also released the book on July 21, 2007.
Deathly Hallows sold 8.3 million copies in the US and 2.65 million in the UK in the first 24 hours after it came out. This earned the book a Guinness World Record for the most books sold in a 24-hour period. The American Library called the book “Best for Young People.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
We’re going to read Order of the Phoenix next.
This book has sold more than 55 million copies so far. It beat its younger brother by about 5 million copies. It’s the fifth book in the series, and it came out on June 21, 2003. Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK and Scholastic in the U.S. made it.
It sold more than 5 million copies in the first twenty-four hours after it came out. The book went on to win a lot of awards, including the American Library Association’s award for “Best Book for Young People” in 2003.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
People who have read “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” have bought it 18 times more than anyone else. This is the fourth book in the series. It came out on July 8, 2000. There were two copies of this book in the United States and the United Kingdom at the same time. In 2001, the book won a Hugo Award, and it was the only Harry Potter book to do so at that time, too. Since its first success, the book has been made into a movie and a video game, both of which did very well.
The Catcher in the Rye
There have been more than 60 million copies of The Catcher in the Rye sold all over the world since it was first written down as a book in 1951.
Most of the world’s major languages have been translated into the book. It has sold one million copies a year, which is about how many copies it sells each year. Time Magazine put the book on their list of the 100 best English language novels written since 1923, and the BBC’s The Big Read ranked it fifteenth. To this point, the book has sold about 60 million copies.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
It is the fourth Harry Potter book on our list. This is the second fantasy book in the Harry Potter series. It has sold more than 60 million copies so far. It was first published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury on July 2, 1988. It was published in the United States by Scholastic Inc. the next year, and it was also published in the United Kingdom.
Because the book was so well-received by critics and won a lot of awards, it led to a film version of it being made in 2002. The film version of the book then went on to become the fifth highest-grossing movie ever. This is the sixteenth best-selling book of all time.
Paulo Coelho, a Portuguese author, wrote The Alchemist in 1988 and it was the first book he wrote. You can start with this: It was written in Portuguese at first, but it soon became a bestseller around the world.
The book is about a young shepherd from Andulasia who goes on a journey to the pyramids of Egypt after having a dream about finding treasure there over and over again. There are fifteen best-selling books of all time. The Alchemist is number 15.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This is the fifth Harry Potter book on our list and the sixth book in the series, so it’s a good place to start if you want to read more. It has sold more than 65 million copies around the world, and the penultimate book looks into the history of Harry’s enemy, Lord Voldemort, and how Harry is preparing for his final battle with Lord Voldemort. First, the book came out on July 16, 2005, in the UK and the US. It sold nine million copies in twenty-four hours.
2006 was the year that The Half-Blood Prince won the “Book of the Year” award. The film adaptation of the book came out on July 15, 2009.
Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich is the next best-selling book of all time, and it was written by Napoleon Hill. Thought and Grow Rich was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 as a book about personal development and self-improvement. It has since sold more than 70 million copies around the world, which is a lot.
Napoleon got the idea for the book from Andrew Carnegie, a railroad business mogul. In John C. Maxwell’s book, A Life of “Must Read Books,” Think and Grow Rich is on the list. It was also on BusinessWeek Magazine’s Best-Seller List, which ranked Think and Grow Rich as the sixth best-selling paperback business book some 70 years after the book first came out. It’s worth reading this if you want to make changes in your life and want a recipe for success.
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code is a mystery thriller book written by Dan Brown that came out in 2003. In 2000, Brown wrote a book called “Angels and Demons,” which had a character named Robert Langdon in it. This book is a follow-up.
The book has sold about 80 million copies around the world and has been translated into 44 languages. The book was so popular that Columbia Pictures decided to make a movie out of it in 2006. The movie was so popular that it was the second-highest grossing movie of 2006 and made about $758 million dollars.
She: A History of Adventure
83 million copies were sold.
“She: A History of Adventure,” written by English novelist H.Rider Haggard, was a big hit when it came out in 1887. It has never been out of print since.
The book is based on Rider Haggard’s experiences in South Africa and British colonialism, which he wrote about in the book. You can follow Horace Holly and Leo Vincey as they travel to find a lost city in the African Interior. It’s written from their point of view. In the novel, the author looked at female authority and how women act, and it was both praised and criticized for how it depicted womanhood.
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Top 10: First up: “Lion,” “Witch,” “Wait.” One of the most well-known books on our list, it came out in 1950 and was written by children’s author, C.S. Lewis, who wrote many books for kids.
The fantasy book was best known as part of the “Chronicles of Narnia.” It was the first book in the Chronicles until recently, when it was moved to the second place. Time Magazine named it one of the 100 best young-adult books of all time, and it was written by Lewis for his friend, Lucy Lewis. It also came ninth in BBC’s “The Big Red Poll” in 2003.
Next, we’re going to talk about a very popular book: The Hobbit. This book has sold over 100 million copies around the world so far, making it one of the best-selling books ever!
First published on September 21, 1937, it was written by J.R.R. Tolkien and was quickly nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and won a prize for best juvenile fiction in New York. The Hobbit hasn’t been out of print for a long time now, and it has been made into a movie series. The first movie was released in 2012, and it was one of the highest-grossing movie series of all time when it came out.