What's the best-selling novel ever written?
A Wikipedia list of best-selling books corroborates this, pegging sales of Dan Brown's revisionist tale of Jesus Christ, a Harvard symbologist, and a self-flagellating monk at 60,500,000 copies and counting. The success of "The Da Vinci Code" helped spur sales of Brown's earlier novels, and four Brown books appeared in 2004 on The New York Times best-seller list in the same week.
But this triumph still does not put total sales of all his books anywhere near those of the best-selling fiction author of all time. (Nope, not J.K. Rowling.) The Guinness Book of World Records lists sales of mystery writer Agatha Christie 's numerous novels at an "estimated two billion copies" worldwide.
And the number-one best-selling boffo book of all stripes, all time? That would be the Bible. Fiction or nonfiction -- we'll leave that to Dan Brown and The Pope to iron out. In any event, no one has claimed royalties.
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