List of best-selling single-volume books

This page provides lists of best-selling single-volume books and book series to date and in any language. "Best-selling" refers to the estimated number of copies sold of each book, rather than the number of books printed or currently owned. 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 Don Quixote, The Three Musketeers, Les Misérables, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, that are commonly cited as "best-selling books" yet have no reliable sales figures. There is a separate section on this page for books known to have sold over 10 million copies but do not have figures for their final sales data.

More than 100 million copies

BookAuthor(s)Original languageFirst publishedApproximate sales
A Tale of Two CitiesCharles DickensEnglish1859200 million
The Lord of the Rings
(sometimes considered a series)
J. R. R. TolkienEnglish1954-1955150 million
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)Antoine de Saint-ExupéryFrench1943140 million
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneJ. K. RowlingEnglish1997107 million
And Then There Were NoneAgatha ChristieEnglish1939100 million
紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber)Cao XueqinChinese1754 -1791100 million
The HobbitJ. R. R. TolkienEnglish1937100 million
She: A History of AdventureH. Rider HaggardEnglish1887100 million


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