If the Bible best-selling book in history, what is the second best-selling?

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  • ithinkisee

    Anyone know?


  • luna2

    I didn't know...I thought it might be Guiness Book of World Records (#4), but a couple sites I checked out are saying that it's Mao's little red book.

  • blondie

    "Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung" (also known as "the little red book")

    (the second best-selling book after the Bible in the 19th century was Uncle Tom's Cabin)

  • JH

    How about the quoran?

  • stev



    B S

    (Investigator 79, 2001 July)

    The following is a list of books with the highest printings. It excludes newspapers, booklets, brochures, pamphlets and magazines. The list is based on information to hand and some of the figures are not the latest or final figures. The list omits various separate translations of the Bible and the lower end of the list probably also omits other books.

    The Bible (All versions) 1815-1999 3,880,000,000
    Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung 1966-197800,000,000
    Good News Bible 1976-1995122,000,000
    The Highway Code (United Kingdom) 1931-1996117,000,000
    The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life 1969/1981108,000,000
    New World Translation (In whole or part) 1950s-2000100,000,000
    American Spelling Book 1783 Noah Webster100,000,000
    Automobile Association Handbook 1908-199198,000,000
    Guinness Book of Records 1955-199985,000,000
    The McGuffey Reader 1853-1879 William H McGuffey60,000,000
    A Message to Garcia 1899 Elbert Hubbard50,000,000
    Knowledge that Leads to Everlasting Life 199546,000,000
    The Living Bible45,000,000
    Deutsche Bundespost 1993 (Initial print) 42,000,000
    You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth 1982/1989 42,000,000
    World Almanac 1868-1980s40,000,000
    True Peace and Security 198637,000,000
    Your Erroneous Zones 1876 Wayne W Dyer34,000,000
    In His Steps 1896 Rev. C M Sheldon30,000,000
    To Kill A Mockingbird 1960 Harper Lee30,000,000
    Gone With the Wind 1936 Margaret Mitchell 30,000,000
    Valley of the Dolls 1966 Jacqueline Susann 29,000,000
    The Diary of Anne Frank 25,000,000
    The Commonsense Book of Baby and Child Care 1946
    Benjamin Spock
    Let God be True 1946/195219,000,000
    The Late Great Planet Earth 1970 H Lindsey18,000,000
    American Red Cross First Aid Book16,000,000
    Is the Bible Really the Word of God? 196915,000,000
    Roots 1976 A Haley12,500,000
    From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained 195812,000,000
    Sophie’s World 1996 J Gaardner & P Moller12,000,000
    Life—How Did It Get Here? 198511,000,000
    The Bermuda Triangle 1975 Charles Berlitz10,000,000
    What’s the World Coming To? D E Stanton 10,000,000
    Things In Which It Is Impossible For God To Lie 196510,000,000
    Member’s Handbook, Auto. Assoc. 1990-91 (Initial print)6,000,000
    Worldwide Security Under the Prince of Peace 1986 6,000,000
    Divine Plan of the Ages 18866,000,000

    Notice how often the books of one sect – the Jehovah’s Witnesses – appear in the list. These are indicated by being underlined.

  • blondie

    Before 1990, JWs actually asked a specific price for their books. I think it ended at about 50 cents for a 192-page book (like the Truth book) in January and February 1990 which was cut-rate from the normal $1. The last time money is mentioned in connection with the publications is the March 1990 KM.

    Since 1990, JWs don't ask for money so any books "placed" since then don't seem to qualify as best-SELLING.


  • Elsewhere

    Yup.... just because a book is printed does not mean it is obtained by anyone or actually read.

  • bebu
    Yup.... just because a book is printed does not mean it is obtained by anyone or actually read.

    Absolutely. I think most people wouldn't recognize any of the titles of the WT books; they print and print and print... but very few read them. Wonderful for the environment... bebu

  • in a new york bethel minute
    in a new york bethel minute
    so any books "placed" since then don't seem to qualify as best-SELLING

    haha is there a separate category for best-donated to book?

  • Thirdson

    I'm suprised that "Fly Fishing" by J.R. Hartley didn't make the list.

    That's a little joke that the older Brits might understand. Even so, I would bet that more people in Britain will know the fictional Mr. Hartley's fictional book than any of the of the WTS publications.

    Of the 100 million "truth" books, my guess is 50 million languished in book bags, turned yellow and were dumped. 45 million were sold and promptly put in the garbage can.


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