Writing a best seller is one thing, writing a book that sells more than 50 million copies is quite another. These authors tapped into something that led to record-breaking book sales. Are you an aspiring author wondering how many self-published tomes you need to sell to achieve the upper echelons of publishing fame? Check out our list of the 21 best-selling books of all time (as of 2007).

Title/Author Copies Sold (millions)


1. The Bible 
5,000 - 6,000



2. Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong by Mao Zedong
900


3. The Qur'an
800


4. Xinhua Zidian
400



5. The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith, Jr.
120



6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
107



7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
100



8. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
100



9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
65



10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
65



11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
60



12. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
60



13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
55



14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
55



15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
55



16. Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
50



17. Heidi's Years of Wandering and Learning by Johanna Spyri
50



18. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
50



19. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock
50



20. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
50



21. The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley
50



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Helen Davies, Marjorie Dorfman, Mary Fons, Deborah Hawkins, Martin Hintz, Linnea Lundgren, David Priess, Julia Clark Robinson, Paul Seaburn, Heidi Stevens, and Steve Theunissen