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Discover Popular Best-Selling Authors

Discover Popular Best-Selling Authors


Authors who top the charts grab our attention for one obvious reason: their work is loved by many.
Browse these listens from some of the most well-known writers in history.

Popular Best-Selling Authors


Agatha
Christie

The grand dame of detective fiction and creator of Hercule Poirot wrote more than 80 whodunits over six decades.










Barbara
Cartland

This prolific author wrote 723 books—including 400 romance novels between the ages of 77 and 97—with over a billion sold.










Danielle
Steel

The popular novelist, with sales exceeding 650 million copies, is also the author of a memoir of her work with the homeless.










Georges
Simenon

Known for his 75-book Inspector Maigret detective series, this French author is translated into 50 languages.










Sidney
Sheldon

He mastered the craft of exciting blockbuster novels, including many made into major films or TV miniseries.










J. K.
Rowling

She is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels loved by fans around the world.










Dr.
Seuss

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of kids, this Pulitzer Prize winner inspires children to explore the joys of reading.










Leo
Tolstoy

Russia’s master of realistic fiction wrote two great novels of the 19th century, Anna Karenina and War and Peace.










Jackie
Collins

She knows the real Hollywood. Taking fans inside the glam and dealings, her novels have sold over 500 million copies.










R. L.
Stine

This super-selling author keeps giving us Goosebumps, the series—130 titles and counting—scaring people since 1992.










Dean
Koontz

America’s most popular suspense novelist (Rolling Stone) has delivered thrills and chills in his many best sellers.










James A.
Michener

Rooted in history, his multi-generational sagas include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific.










Isabel
Allende

While influenced by her native Peru and life in Chile, her books reflect universal truths and are best sellers on four continents.










John
Jakes

The godfather of historical novelists (Los Angeles Times) wrote 16 consecutive New York Times best sellers.










William
Shakespeare

Born in 1564, the great Bard of Avon wrote 154 sonnets and around 38 plays. His work lives on stages around the world.







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Best Sellers of All Time: Fiction


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Best-Selling Nonfiction Authors of All Time


Some writers have a gift for turning facts—whether rooted in history, science, or their life—into epic literature and compelling listens. Discover the much-acclaimed best-selling works of 10 truly gifted nonfiction authors.

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