The Most Popular Books Ever Written

Bible, the Little Prince, Harry Potter, and Angels and Daemons are only some titles capable of entering the list of the most popular books ever written. Keep in mind that when we discuss the popularity of a book and create rankings sales are not the only criteria. Translations are considered to be of extreme importance as well.

Bible – The Best By Far

Bible is the best-selling book in the history of humanity. It is estimated that more than five billion copies of the Bible had been printed and distributed all around the world. Another interesting thing relating to the holy book of Christianity is that it had been translated to over 300 languages. These facts make this religious writing the most popular book ever written.

The Little Prince

After the Bible comes one and only – the Little Prince. When it comes to sales the little prince is behind both Harry Poter, Angels and Deamons, as well as Fifty Shades of Gray, and many other novels and religious books. Quran and the Book of Mormon exceed the little prince by far when it comes to sales. However, here we speak about the most popular books ever and popularity is more than just sales. When it comes to translations, the little prince keeps up with the Bible as it has been translated to more than 300 languages. The book is used for keeping some old languages from extinction. As for the number of copies sold, it went somewhat above 140 million. However, the sales look like they are going to last forever. Every year the little prince sells 1-2 million copies. The little prince also inspired other writers to make the next chapter of the book such as The Untold Stories Of The Little Prince…


The second place belongs to Quran. It managed to sell in an incredible 800 million copies and had been translated into 114 languages.

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung also known as the little red book manage to sell and distribute in the range from 800 million to 6.5 billion. However, most experts agree that 6.5 billion is a wild estimate. A little over a billion is the most probable truth.

Don Quixote

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes had been sold to more than 500 million copies.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and Philosopher’s stone was first published in 1997. It has been sold in over 120 million copies However when it comes to series, Harry Potter sold in at least 500 million copies worldwide.

The Book Of Mormon

This is another religious book on the best-selling list. The Book Of Mormon is sold in around 200 million copies.

The Fifty Shades Of Gray

According to rumors, the Fifty Shades of Gray was sold in more copies than the Bible itself. That is not the case. However, when it comes to the number of mentions the Fifty Shades of Gray did exceed the Bible in the number of mentions on news, social media, and search traffic. As for the sales it had managed to sell around 125 million copies worldwide.

Lord Of The Rings

Lord of The Rings series sold in 150 million copies. One-third of it went after Jackson’s movies were released from 2001.

A Tale of Two Cities

A tale of two cities is a classic written by Charles Dickens. It sold in more than 200 000 copies.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit by Tolkien was sold in more than 100 million copies. It was published on 21st September 1937 and nominated for the award prize for the best juvenele fantasy fiction.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

This famous novel was sold in 85 million copies. Just like the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter it reached the peak of popularity after the movie.

Honorable Mentions

You must have heard of the Catcher in the Rye. Its popularity sprawls all over the world. The book managed to sell 60 million copies since it was first published in 1951. Then we have The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho published in 1988. The title was sold in more than 65 million copies. Another title we must mention is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Since it was first published in 1937 the title sold over 70 million copies worldwide.

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