So, over the Christmas break I'm going to put up ten posts running down the top-ten best-selling books of all time. If you want to know what those ten books are, you can follow this link to the Wikipedia page that tells you. But why would you want to do that? That would spoil our fun over the following ten posts, don't you think? Oh, alright, please yourself. I'm not the boss of you.
Here are the parameters, lifted straight from the online encylopedia itself:
Religious books, especially the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible and the Qur'an, are probably the most-printed books, but it is nearly impossible to find reliable sales figures for them. Print figures are missing or unreliable since these books are produced by many different and unrelated publishers. Furthermore, many copies of the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible and the Qur'an are printed and given away free, instead of being sold. The same goes for some political books, such as the works of Mao Zedong or Adolf Hitler. Thus it is impossible to determine either the number printed, or the proportion of those printed that are sold. All such books have been excluded from this list for those reasons.So, if you exclude the Bible, Qu'ran and Little Red Book, what is the all-time best-selling top ten? Stick with me and you'll see. [Although, having said that, the 'kipedia still include this title in their top 20, despite it being in effect a Seventh Day Adventist holy text. Ah well: consistency is for losers, I guess].
Two notes. One: I'd already read all but two of the titles on this top-ten before starting this exercise. That may or may not surprise you. Two: no Rowling or Steig Larsson in the top 10! Blimey.