Most read books in the world as of May 2012

All-time world's bestselling books as of May 2012 (in millions of copies)

Most read books in the world as of May 2012 The statistic presents all-time world's bestselling books as of May 2012. J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, which is the most successful movie franchise in the world, ranked third with 400 million copies sold worldwide.
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All-time world's bestselling books as of May 2012 (in millions of copies)

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Millions of copies sold
The Bible3,900
Mao Tse-tung - Works of Mao Tse-tung 820
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter 400
J. R. R. Tolkien - Lord of the Rings103
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist65
Dan Brown - The Da Vinci Code57
Stephenie Meyer - The Twilight Saga43
Margaret Mitchell - Gone With the Wind 33
Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich30
Anne Frank - Diary of Anne Frank 27
Millions of copies sold
The Bible3,900
Mao Tse-tung - Works of Mao Tse-tung 820
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter 400
J. R. R. Tolkien - Lord of the Rings103
Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist65
Dan Brown - The Da Vinci Code57
Stephenie Meyer - The Twilight Saga43
Margaret Mitchell - Gone With the Wind 33
Napoleon Hill - Think and Grow Rich30
Anne Frank - Diary of Anne Frank 27
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The statistic presents all-time world's bestselling books as of May 2012. J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, which is the most successful movie franchise in the world, ranked third with 400 million copies sold worldwide.
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Release date
May 2012
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
as of May 2012
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based on number of copies sold over the last 50 years
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