The 30 biggest selling books of all time might surprise you

The Bible is widely believed to be the best-selling book of all-time but it has in fact been pitted for first place.

The numbers have been crunched and while it’s not the most cracking yarn The Holy Quran has come in as the number one book of all time.

It seems Mohammed’s tales pipped Jesus’ stories to the post with the Islamic text translated in to 50 different languages and selling more than three billion copies while The King James bible came a close second with 2.5 billion copies sold.

The third biggest seller is Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung and fourth spot was nabbed by a series worshiped by children everywhere – J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter – which is technically five but we aren’t going to let those facts get in the way of a good story.

The list was ranked by lovereading.co.uk which assessed books by the number of translations, number of known editions and the copies sold.

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