THE TEN BESTSELLING BOOKS OF ALL-TIME

In Russell Ash's The Top 10 of Everything 2002, the author provides a list of the 10 bestselling books of all time. That list is provided in the following table. Note that several of the books have been published as annual editions.

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Rank
Author
Book
First
Publication
Date
Approximate 
Sales
1
Various The Holy Bible c. 1451-55 More than 6 Billion
2
Mao Tse-Tung Quotations from Chairman Mao 1966 900,000,000
3
Noah Webster The American Spelling Book 1783 Up to 100,000,000
4
Mark C. Young Guiness Book of World Records 1955 More than 90,000,000
5
World Almanac Editors World Almanac 1868 73,500,000
6
William Holmes McGuffey The McGuffey Readers 1836 60,000,000
7
Benjamin Spock The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care 1946 More than 50,000,000
8
Elbert Hubbard A Message to Garcia 1899 More than 40,000,000
9
Charles Monroe Sheldon In His Steps, What Would Jesus Do? 1896 More than 30.000,000
10
Jacqueline Susann Valley of the Dolls 1966 More than 30,000,000

 
 
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