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The Most Popular Books of All Time

THE MOST POPULAR BOOKS OF ALL TIME



Storytelling has been around as long as language has existed. We love to tell stories and we love to share stories.



The most popular stories appeal to people the world over, regardless of culture, age or language.



Let's take a look at the data on some of the most popular books the world has ever seen.



Key interpreting the Data



1 translation



100 editions



10 Million Copies Sold



Odyssey 8th century BC

Homer

Homer

BETWEEN 750 to 650 BC

Number of Translations over 250

Number of Editions 902

Copies Sold 45 Million



The Holy Quran 644

Number of Translations 50

Number of Editions 398

printed 3+ Billion



Romeo and Juliet 1597

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

Number of Translations 80

Number of Editions 902

Never copyrighted



The King James Bible 1611

Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek

Number of Translations 66

Number of Editions 1193

printed 2.5+ Billion



Don Quixote 1612

Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes

1547 - 1616

Number of Translations 35

Number of Editions 963

Copies Sold 500 Million



Robinson Crusoe 1719

Daniel Defoe

Number of Translations 100

Number of Editions 1039

Copies Sold 9 Million



Dream of the Red Chamber 1754

Cao Xueqin

Number of Translations 1

Number of Editions 83

Copies Sold 100 Million



Prid and Prejudice 1813

Jane Austin

Number of Translations 35

Number of Editions 1480

Copies Sold 20 Million



A Tale of Two Cities 1859

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870

Number of Translations 35

Number of Editions 889

Copies Sold 200 Million



Andersen's Fairy Tales 1835-1852

Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Anderson

1805 - 1875

Number of Translations 153

Number of Editions 111

Copies Sold 20 Million



Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 1870

Jules Verne

Jules Verne

1828 - 1905

Number of Translations 147

Number of Editions 711

Copies Sold 60 Million



Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1865

Lewis Carroll

Number of Translations 97

Number of Editions 1513

Copies Sold 100 Million



The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

1835 - 1910

Number of Translations 65

Number of Editions 705

Copies Sold 20 Million



She: A History of Adventure 1887

H. Rider Haggard

Number of Translations 44

Number of Editions 129

Copies Sold 83 Million



The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1887

Arthur Conan Doyle

Number of Translations 60

Number of Editions 590

Copies Sold 60 Million



Dracula 1897

Bram Stoker

Number of Translations 50

Number of Editions 1054

Copies Sold 12 Million



The Great Gatsby 1925

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Number of Translations 44

Number of Editions 608

Copies Sold 25 Million



Gone With the Wind 1936

Margaret Mitchell

Number of Translations 32

Number of Editions 210

Copies Sold 30 Million



The Hobbit 1937

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

1892 - 1973

Number of Translations 40

Number of Editions 614

Copies Sold 100 Million



And Then There Were None 1939

Agatha Christie

Number of Translations 103

Number of Editions 265

Copies Sold 100 Million



Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) 1943

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Number of Translations 250

Number of Editions 545

Copies Sold 140 Million



Nineteen Eighty-Four 1949

George Orwell

George Orwell

1903 - 1950

Number of Translations 65

Number of Editions 443

Copies Sold 25 Million



The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 1950

C.S. Lewis

Number of Translations 47

Number of Editions 319

Copies Sold 85 Million



The Catcher in the Rye 1951

J.D. Salinger

Number of Translations 35

Number of Editions 234

Copies Sold 65 Million



The Lord of the Rings 1954-1955

J.R.R. Tolkien

Number of Translations 39

Number of Editions 368

Copies Sold 150 Million



To Kill a Mockingbird 1960

Harper Lee

Number of Translations 40

Number of Editions 213

Copies Sold 30 Million



The Very Hungry Caterpillar 1969

Eric Carle

Number of Translations 45

Number of Editions 95

Copies Sold 30 Million



Watership Down 1972

Richard Adams

Number of Translations 19

Number of Editions 122

Copies Sold 50 Million



Quotations from Chairman Mao 1964

Mao Zedong

Number of Translations 20

Number of Editions 34

Copies Sold 800 Million



Harry Potter 1997-2007

J.K. Rowling

Number of Translations 67

Number of Editions 298

Copies Sold 450 Million



The Da Vinci Code 2003

Dan Brown

Number of Translations 44

Number of Editions 73

Copies Sold 80 Million



Millennium Trilogy 2005-2007

Stieg Larsson

Number of Translations 30

Number of Editions 215

Copies Sold 50 Million

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This is a visualisation of data on the most popular books every written. It includes number of editions, number of translations and units sold.
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