Jehovah's Witness Books in Guinness Book of World Records
The Bible (All versions) 1815-1999 3,880,000,000 Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung 1966-197 800,000,000 Good News Bible 1976-1995 122,000,000 The Highway Code (United Kingdom) 1931-1996 117,000,000 The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life 1969/1981 108,000,000 New World Translation (In whole or part) 1950s-2000 100,000,000 American Spelling Book 1783 Noah Webster 100,000,000 Automobile Association Handbook 1908-1991 98,000,000 Guinness Book of Records 1955-1999 85,000,000 The McGuffey Reader 1853-1879 William H McGuffey 60,000,000 A Message to Garcia 1899 Elbert Hubbard 50,000,000 Knowledge that Leads to Everlasting Life 1995 46,000,000 The Living Bible 45,000,000 Deutsche Bundespost 1993 (Initial print) 42,000,000 You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth 1982/1989 42,000,000 World Almanac 1868-1980s 40,000,000 True Peace and Security 1986 37,000,000 Your Erroneous Zones 1876 Wayne W Dyer 34,000,000 In His Steps 1896 Rev. C M Sheldon 30,000,000 To Kill A Mockingbird 1960 Harper Lee 30,000,000 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
25,000,000 Let God be True 1946/1952 19,000,000 The Late Great Planet Earth 1970 H Lindsey 18,000,000 American Red Cross First Aid Book 16,000,000 Is the Bible Really the Word of God? 1969 15,000,000 Roots 1976 A Haley 12,500,000 From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained 1958 12,000,000 Sophie’s World 1996 J Gaardner & P Moller 12,000,000 Life – How Did It Get Here? 1985 11,000,000 The Bermuda Triangle 1975 Charles Berlitz 10,000,000 What’s the World Coming To? D E Stanton 10,000,000 Things In Which It Is Impossible For God To Lie 1965 10,000,000 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 1886
I don't know how accurate this list is. It doesn't mention the New International Version, for example, which I think is the most common Bible after the King James. More common than the Good News Bible which is listed. Plus the list is obviously dated as it shows only 100 million copies of the NWT, whereas the latest figure is over 200 million. No mention of Lord of the Rings or Catcher in the Rye either, which should be near the top of any such list.
That's a weird list, which appears have been posted by an anti-JW website (if you follow the links on the page)
Wonder why you posted the link here?, which also appears to date from 2001?
I suspect the list has been made up in order to try to get active JWs to visit it.
Anyway, here's the list from Wikipedia:
Also, it's worth bearing in mind that most of those on that list have been produced due to a real world commercial demand.
In contrast, the WT crowd simply mass produced their publications and distributed them to all the KHs where they stayed until they could fob them off onto an interested party.
The JWs don't appear on any record-breaking list as far as I'm aware
The use of the word "Popular" is aberrant, IMHO.
Every JW in the world is required to own publications published by headquarters.
Ah, but those were the good old bad old days when WT was a publisher.
Now, I'd modify that word. It is more a purveyor.
How may "Popular" books are out of print, discarded, expunged and considered improper the same way JW books become--it must be said--because the contents are embarrassing to those claiming "truth" as the boilerplate of their mission?
This obsolescence is not planned!
It is intrinsic due to the nature of its origin: imaginary communication to an invisible being.
It doesn't look like a reliable source of information, nor does it say anything about the Guinness Book of World Records. Also, the Guinness Book of World Records does not have a category for "Most Popular Book". They have a lot of categories that describe different people an ways of publishing and printing books (i.e., "Most published works by one" author and "Thickest book published").
I find it funny that, although the blue Truth book was ubiquitous at one time, it’s hard to even find one now. There should be a list of books ‘most copies thrown in the garbage’.
Remember the other lists are books sold, not books given away and later tossed in the garbage, or given for a small donation.
printing vs circulation is two totally different concepts. The Wt is known to do "channel stuffing."