Top Ten Best Selling Books of All-Time

1. The Holy Bible – Various Authors
Book Sales: 2,500,000,000+
Year Published: 100 BC – 100 AD
Original Language: Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic
Many copies of The Holy Bible have been freely given away during missionary work.

2. Quotations from Chairman Mao – Authored by Mao Zedong
Book Sales: 800,000,000+
Year Published: 1966
Original Language: Chinese
It was mandatory for all people living in China to carry a copy of Quotations from Chairman Mao.

3. The Qur’an – Authored by the Islamic prophet Muhammad
Book Sales: 800,000,000
Year Published: 600 AD – 750 AD
Original Language: Arabic
Traditional views consider The Qu’ran to be a Revelation by Allah, through Gabriel, to the prophet Muhammad.

4. Xinhua Dictionary – Edited by Wei Jiangong
Book Sales: 400,000,000
Year Published: 1957
Original Language: Chinese
The best selling pocket-sized Xinhua Dictionary is used mostly by students in China.

5. Chairman Mao’s Poems – Authored by Mao Zedong
Book Sales: 400,000,000
Year Published: 1966
Original Language: Chinese
Chairman Mao, considered a romantic poet, was educated in Chinese classical literature.

6. Selected Articles of Mao Zedong – Authored by Mao Zedong
Book Sales: 250,000,000
Year Published: 1966
Original Language: Chinese
Mao is recognized as one of China’s most influential literary figures.

7. A Tale of Two Cities – Authored by Charles Dickens
Book Sales: 200,000,000
Year Published: 1859
Original Language: English
A historical novel telling the story of two men who fall in love with the same woman during revolutionary times.

8. Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship – Authored by Robert Baden-Powell
Book Sales: 150,000,000
Year Published: 1908
Original Language: English
This manual for the Boy Scout Movement emphasises the outdoors and has practical tips on health and hygiene.

9. The Lord of the Rings – Authored by J. R. R. Tolkien
Book Sales: 150,000,000
Year Published: 1954–1955
Original Language: English
The Lord of the Rings was originally intended to be a sequel to The Hobbit, but became an epic fantasy on its own.

10. Book of Mormon – Various Authors
Book Sales: 140,000,000
Year Published: 1830
Original Language: English
The Book of Mormon, published by Joseph Smith, Jr., is sacred text of the Latter Day Saints.