An interesting question that which books are the greatest best-sellers of all time, regardless of genres, countries, languages and cultures and measured exclusively by distribution or sales figures.
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The Best-Selling Books of all
Time at a Glance
Through the use of paper, the invention of printing, the reduction of
manufacturing costs and the spread of literacy, books slowly became
the worldwide mass medium for spreading education, stories and
propaganda. Of course, this raises an interesting question that which
books are the greatest best-sellers of all time, regardless of genres,
countries, languages and cultures and measured exclusively by
distribution or sales figures. Our list below presents the best selling
books of all time, including the respective sales figures.
Criteria and sorting
The list of best selling books of all time is purely based on sales figures,
starting with most sales presented in a descending order. For books with
the same sales figures, sorting is done alphabetically.
It should be noted that sales of books do not always necessarily coincide
with their distribution. In particular, religious works such as the Bible or
the Quran, but also political writings of ideologies such as Hitler or Mao
were and are often copied and distributed free of charge. Regarding these
exceptions, where actual distribution was estimated, this list could be
called The Most Popular Books Ever or The Most Successful Books Ever.
LIST OF THE BEST SELLING BOOKS OF ALL TIME
1. The Bible – 2-3 billion
Bible is the most sold and distributed book since it was first
printed almost 600 years back. Moses is credited with writing
the first five books that now are a part of the Bible.
2. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung
– 1-1.5 bn
Being the second most best selling book of all time, it consists
of speeches and writings by Chairman of the communist Party
of China, Mao Zedong. It was first published in 1964 and has
been widely distributed since then.
3. The Quran – 800 million
Muhammad wrote the Quran orated by Jibril and was originally
revealed by god. It was written about 1400 years back.