List of best selling novels of all time
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Best Selling Books of All Time
This page provides lists of best-selling individual books and book series to date and in any language. Comics and textbooks are not included in this list. The books are listed according to the highest sales estimate as reported in reliable, independent sources. This list is incomplete because there are many books, such as The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas , or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens , that are commonly cited as "best-selling books" yet have no reliable sales figures. Similarly, many notable book series that sold very widely are poorly documented Land of Oz or consist of multiple sub-series Tom Swift.
If we were to include them, they would be the top three in the order that they are listed. We chose to exclude those books because people had a spiritual or political reason to buy them. Would these books have become mega bestsellers without religious or political pressure? Who knows, but it is a major influential factor, so they have been left off the list. Instead, these are all fictional stories that were written by a single person who sprung the idea from their head.
Fifty Shades of Grey is Britain's best-selling book ever - according to the publishers at least - but how does it compare? Publisher Cornerstone part of Random House announced this week that the erotic novel has sold in excess of 5. The book has remained in the top slot in the UK bestseller lists for the 16th week running. Combined UK sales for the trilogy are in excess of 12m copies, with rights to the book sold around the world and published in languages including Albanian, Chinese, Russian, Serbian and Vietnamese. But is it right? Proving sales across platforms independently is very difficult as there are so many outlets.