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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Big, Big, Biggest Bestsellers

Since 2001, that is. And you have to take it into account that James Patterson is a book-production machine, not a Real Person.  But look at the money they have made -- even if it is just 10% of the earnings ....

WORLD'S 10 BEST-SELLING AUTHORS (WITH BIGGEST-SELLING BOOK) SINCE 2001
 1: James Patterson (1st to Die)
• 2: JK Rowling (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
• 3: Nora Roberts (Red Lily)
• 4: Dr Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)
• 5 John Grisham (A Painted House)
• 6: Stephenie Meyer (Twilight)
• 7: Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code)
• 8: Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook)
• 9: Janet Evanovich (One for the Money)
• 10: Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
UK'S 20 BEST-SELLING AUTHORS BY VOLUME (WITH VALUE LISTED) 2001-MARCH 20, 2014
• 1 JK Rowling – £209,722,338
• 2 Julia Donaldson – £84,236,523
• 3 Dan Brown – £89,430,433
• 4 Jacqueline Wilson – £81,944,149
• 5 Roger Hargreaves – £30,746,661
• 6 James Patterson £86,534,077
• 7 EL James – £48,787,532
• 8 Jamie Oliver – £131,031,085
• 9 John Grisham – £71,111,424
• 10 Terry Pratchett – £79,091,038
• 11 Stephenie Meyer – £57,488,542
• 12 Daisy Meadows – £33,333,081
• 13 Enid Blyton – £38,525,177
• 14 Francesca Simon – £42,459,107
• 15 Danielle Steel – £50,268,720
• 16 Martina Cole – £54,414,431
• 17 Roald Dahl – £42,987,766
• 18 Alexander McCall Smith – £48,535,939
• 19 Lee Child – £44,312,245
• 20 Ian Rankin – £48,171,091
UK figures courtesy of www.nielsenbook.co.uk
With thanks to Dale Williams

2 comments:

Joan Curry said...

That makes my eyes water ... and my face turn green

Joan Druett said...

What is even more amusing is that quite a few of the names are utterly unknown to me. Do you remember the days when people used to eagerly await a new book by a favourite author -- with my parents it was Neville Shute, Leslie Charteris, Jack Higgins, and later on there was Desmond Bagley and Hammond Innes. As my brother (an avid reader) was saying, there is absolutely no author nowadays whose books are eagerly awaited.