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List of best-selling fiction authors


Best-selling fiction authors in any language, based on approximate numbers. "Best-selling" refers to the estimated number of copies sold of all fiction books written or co-written by an author. only authors with estimated sales of at least 100 million books are included.


Author Min. estimated sales Max. estimated sales Original language Genre or title Number of books Nationality
Danielle Steel 500 million[6] 800 million[7] English Romance 120 American
Harold Robbins 750 million[8] 750 million[9] English Adventure 23 American
Georges Simenon 500 million[10] 700 million[11] French Detectives, Maigret 570 Belgian
Enid Blyton 300 million[14] 600 million[15] English Children's literature, Noddy, The Famous Five 800 British
Sidney Sheldon 370 million[12] 600 million[13] English Suspense 19 American
Gilbert Patten 125 million[18] 500 million[19] English Adolescent adventures 209 American
Dr. Seuss 100 million[16] 500 million[17] English Children's literature 44 American
J. K. Rowling 350 million[20] 450 million[21] English Harry Potter 7 British
Leo Tolstoy   413 million[22] Russian historical fiction, philosophy, Anna Karenina, War and Peace 48 Russian
Dean Koontz 325 million[31] 400 million[32] English Thriller 91 American
Corín Tellado 400 million[29] 400 million[30] Spanish Romance 4000 Spanish
R. L. Stine 100 million[27] 400 million[28] English Goosebumps series, Fear Street series, Horror, Comedy 430+ American
Horatio Alger, Jr. 200 million[25] 400 million[26] English Dime novels 135 American
Jackie Collins 250 million[23] 400 million[24] English Romance 25 British
Agatha Christie 2 billion[3] 4 billion[2] English Detectives, Marple, Poirot 85 British
William Shakespeare 2 billion[1] 4 billion[2] English Plays and poetry 44+ British
Alexander Pushkin   357 million[22] Russian Plays, poetry, prose, Eugene Onegin 17 Russian
Stephen King 300 million[33] 350 million[34] English Horror, Fantasy, It, The Shining, The Stand, Bag Of Bones 70 American
Louis L'Amour 230 million[35] 330 million[36] English Western 101 American
Erle Stanley Gardner 100 million[37] 325 million[38] English Mystery, Perry Mason 140 American

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