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10 All Time Bestselling Books

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Best-selling books of all time are those books, which span several centuries and cover many genres and unique languages. Comic and textbooks have not been included in best-selling list.  Even the religious and political books like The Bible, the Qur’an, which are widely accounted as the most-printed and most-distributed books all over the world, have also been excluded from the list of best-selling books due to their unreliable printing figures.

Today, we are providing our readers a list of 10 best-selling books- fiction and nonfiction, of all time reported in the most reliable and independent source–Wikipedia. These books are listed according to their highest estimated sales figures. Have a look:

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens’s A tale of Two cities is a classic narrative of one A Tale of Two Citiesfamily’s struggles and sufferings before and during the French Revolution. First published in 1859, this historical novel ranks high as one of the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. Set against the backdrop of Paris, London, England, and France, Charles masterpiece of bravery, drama, and adventure featuring the plight of Charles Darnay-a man mistakenly accused of treason. With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel has been a bestseller for decades.

Author: Charles Dickens

First Published: 1859

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall

Approximate Sale: 200 million

The Lord of The Rings

The lord of the ringsOne of the bestselling books of recent times, The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel that inspired, and continues to inspire movies, artwork, television and ensuing literature. This classic saga began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier work The Hobbit, published in 1937. Written much of it during World War II, this epic tale, with over 150 million copies sold, enjoys immense popularity to the present day. The J.R.R. Tolkien’s definitive novel is published in three volumes encompassing The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

First Published: 1954-1955

Genre: Fantasy and Adventure

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin

Approximate Sale: 150 million

Dream of the Red Chamber

Written during the Qing Dynasty in 18th century, Dream of the Red Chamber is Dream of the Red Chambera masterpiece by Cao Xueqin that is generally accepted to be the pinnacle of Chinese fiction. Originally written in Chinese, the novel is believed to be a semi-autobiographical, detailing the specific and thorough detail of the rise and fall of author Cao Xueqin’s family. Cao Xueqin wrote the first 80 chapters of this novel while his partner Gao E added 40 more chapters in it later to complete the novel.

Author: Tsao Hsueh-Chin

First Published: 1754-1791

Genre: Fiction

Approximate Sale: 100 million

The Hobbit

The prelude to J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, a fairy tale, wasThe Hobbit being nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Set in a time” Between the Dominion of Men and the Dawn of Faerie, this great modern classic follows the magnificent expedition of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to a sinister territory watched over by the dragon, Smaug. However, The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows; it remains popular and classic in the children literature. Its long-term legacy encompasses several adaptations for radio, video games, television, films, and stage. New York Herald Tribune awarded a prize to this epic novel for best juvenile fiction.

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

First Published: 1937

Genre: Epic Fantasy and Children Literature

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin

Approximate Sale: 100 million

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie- The Queen of Mystery wrote the most shockingly nifty andAnd Then There Were None impudent novel- And Then There Were None. First published in 1939, with a different title- Ten Little Indians, the book has sold millions of copies all over the world, making it the world’s best-selling mystery book. This detective fiction starts with ten strangers, who have been invited to a mansion on the fictional soldier island by a mysterious host. These guests are mysteriously killed off one by one in that isolated island in a number of ways including by drowning, poisoning, hanging, hammering and shooting.

Author: Agatha Christie

First Published: 1939

Genre: Crime Novel

Publisher: Collins Crime Club

Approximate Sale: 100 million

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

 It was 1950 when this famous fantasy fiction first published in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956) series of seven novels, and written by one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century- C.S. Lewis. Set in the fictitious land of Narnia, the novel introduces us to a land inhabited by mythical beings and animals that can talk, and ruled by a White Witch, who has ruled for 100 years of deep winter. Nominated as the best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine, the book tells the adventurous journey of four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy who accidently visit Narnia- an enchanted world upon finding its secret entry from a wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house.

Author: C. S. Lewis

First Published: 1950

Genre: Children’s fantasy novel, Christian literature

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles

Approximate Sale: 85 million

She: A History of Adventure

SHEShe: A History of Adventure by Henry Rider Haggard is one of the most fundamental works of imaginative literature and the best-selling books of all time. Set in a lost African Kingdom, this fantasy adventure classic expresses various racial and evolutionary conceptions of British colonialism, mainly ideas of racial decline and degeneration. Placed firmly in the imperialist literature of 19th century, the novel opens with the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to South Africa, ruled by a mysterious white queen, Ayesha. In the form of She, the novel received equal praise and criticism for its portrayal of female authority and feminine behavior.

Author: H. Rider Haggard

First Published: 1887

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance and Gothic

Publisher: Longmans

Approximate Sale: 83 million

The Da Vinci Code

Published in 2003, The Da Vinci Code is a highly enthralling myThe Da Vinci Codestery-detective novel written by Dan Brown that provides rich food for thought. Despite being a subject of controversy, the book became a bestseller worldwide with 80 million copies sold as of 2009. The author has masterfully concocts an intelligent, lightning-paced and intricately layered thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a wide collection of stunning esoterica chosen from 2,000 years of Western history. It appears that the clandestine Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect Opus Dei has now made its move.  Translated into more than 44 languages, the book has also been adapted into a movie by Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Author: Dan Brown

First Published: 2003

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Adventure

Publisher: Doubleday (US) and Transworld & Bantam Books (UK)

Approximate Sales: 80 Million

Think and Grow Rich

Published in 1937, Think and Grow Rich is an outstanding self-help book by Think and Grow RichNapolean Hill that unearthed the success secrets of millionaires and billionaires of his time. After interviewing more than 500 millionaires, Hill imparts real-world examples that can be applied by anybody to succeed in life. A significant book for all age groups that helps in understanding how to see every fault or mistake as a learning opportunity and move ahead in life to fulfill dreams. 

Author: Napoleon Hill

First Published: 1937

Genre: Non-fiction

Publisher: The Ralston Society

Approximate Sales: 70  Million

The Catcher in the Rye

Published in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s, “The Catcher in the Rye is one of the greatest Catcher in the ryeworks of American literature. The most influential story revolves around the life of 16-year old novel’s protagonist and antihero, Holden Caufield, who has been expelled from his boarding school for flunking most of his courses. Despite being in the center of controversy for its liberal use of profane ideas and sexual content, 250,000 copies of this novel are sold each year due to its popular demand. Translated into various major languages, the novel has been considered as one of the 100 best-written English novels of the 20th century.

Author: J.D. Salinger

First Published: 1951

Genre: Fiction, First-Person Narrative

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Approximate Sales: 65 Million

Have you read any of these books on the list? What’s your pick? Let us know in the comments below.

Inferno by Dan Brown: A Breathtaking Roller-Coaster Ride with Robert Langdon

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Inferno” is Brown’s latest Langdon installment masterfully fused with art, historical references, codes and symbols. In the very first week of its release, the book topped the UK’s book charts and became a bestselling novel in USA. In this riveting new thriller, Brown packs the pages with picturesque attractions of Florence, Venice, and Constantinople, and he has used these landmarks deftly in his novel. Moreover, the most admiring thing is that Brown has never forced his tale comes to a crashing halt in his scrupulous research of the rich history and numerous historical sites of these cities. Inferno’s codes are largely inspired by Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem The Divine Comedy”, which details his ride through hell.

The story revolves around the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who is hospitalized in Florence, the city in “Inferno”, with mild amnesia, incapable to recall how and why he got there. Luckily, Dr. Sienna Brooks- a former child prodigy and Zobrist’s former lover helps Langdon to figure out the highly contagious airborne virus created by Zobrist- the main antagonist of the novel, who has hidden the virus in an unknown location. However Sienna’s former relationship with Zobrist somewhere makes her loyalty toward Langdon doubtful until she read Zobrist’s last letter. She determines not to let his new technology fall into the wrong hands. Langdon runs away with the lady and reaches his flat where he discovers that his Harris Tweed Jacket contains a small projector that displays threatening message of Dante’s vision of Hell. Well, the future of the world is at stake and only Langdon’s knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets can ward off a disaster contrived by a crazy man.

Like other Robert Langdon novels, Brown’s Inferno amidst the clotted prose is a collection of odds and ends from top Western culture. Unfortunately, the novel reads more like a movie treatment with some glittering factoid about a past that may appeal to those who are unknown with it. There are plenty of dusty books and musty passageways in the novel to make people believe the reality of ancient global conspiracies.

The best part of it is Dante’s treatment in the novel that helps to bind the reader who is unfamiliar with the Commedia. Moreover, the whirlwind tour to the famous and beautiful sights of Florence will definitely captivate the readers. As with Brown’s other works, it’s more easy and enjoyable to read “Inferno” when he presents effective dialogue, facts, and back story in digestible chunks that don’t take readers out of the story.

If you like Dan Brown already, you will certainly love “Inferno” although it’s a little exaggerated.

You can grab a copy of this book from our online bookstore, Printsasia.com.

 

2013 -Top five Predictions for Book Industry

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Author: Sherry Helms

It is the time of the year when intellectuals of book industry polish their crystal balls and make predictions for the coming year. What changes will take place in the book industry in 2013? Here are some of our estimations on what would happen in book industry this year.

Decline of E-book readers

After an amazing growth in the last few years, ebook readers market is sloping down alarmingly due to the unstoppable growth of multifunction tablets like ipad that have gained the ardent support of customers. The recent analysis of iSuppli shows that there was decline in the shipments of e-book readers in 2011 and it is supposed to be declined over two-thirds of its peak volume by 2016. Tablet shipments are certainly killing e-book reader sales and hit about 120 million units in 2012 just after two short years of its appearance in the market, and 340 million systems are expected by 2016.

Popular book retailers expand their global operations

All the popular bookstores would double their efforts to reach global market in 2013. Amazon has already extended its operating stores in about 10 countries. Barnes & Nobel launched their U.K. bookstore in 2012 and will most likely to make its presence global in 2013. In 2012, Apple extended the reach of the iBookstore to 18 new countries, bringing the overall reach of the Apple iBookstores to 50 countries. Furthermore, Kobo, global leader in e-reading, acquired by globally-minded Japan’s juggernaut Rakuten will expand its reach in 2013.

Rise in the self published books

Publishers’ refusal to provide adequate ebook support to libraries for fear that library e-book sales will diminish publisher’s ebook and print book sales through traditional sellers will create a window of opportunity for self-published authors. According to the new study of bowker (official ISBN Agency for the US) – authors are entering into self-publishing at an exceptional rate and the production of self-published books in America grew by 287 percent to235, 625 books since 2006. Authors will direct publish to their readers and it will help authors to achieve global distribution. Moreover, self-publishing will not only help authors to earn per-unit royalty rates of 60-70% net at lower prices than traditionally published authors but also help them to becoming a brand.

EBOOK Pricing will decline

The cost of e-book readers may be decline in 2013 due to three major factors.

1. The small number of reader eyeballs
2. Excessive supply of books and
3. Unlimited supply of other media devices
Manufacturers of ebook readers are more likely to continue to sell at production cost or even less in future to maintain their market. There are rumors in the industry that the lightest and an ultra-low-cost eReader- Txtr Beagle reader will be selling for as little as $13 along with operator subsidies in 2013.

IHS iSuppli believes that even with such low pricing, ebook devices will not recoup the fame they once had. However, the giant e-book reader manufacturers will insulate because they can regain some of their losses through the huge sales generated from other products available through their online store.

Indie ebooks will start driving more film & television projects

Books have always been a successful and well-liked source for film and TV producers. If a book is sold to film or TV producers before publication, the producers face the risk that they start production only to discover later that the story didn’t like by readers. A successful book lowers the loss on investment and helps in making a blockbuster movie. Moreover, a proven-best seller means the story is compelling and has already proven itself an audience-pleaser in the marketplace. We believe that indie authors will reach the market with the world’s top and most profitable future stories and may be these stories find its way to a movie theater near to you.

That’s what we believe is going to happen for sure in 2013. We welcome you all to add more predictions for the year by posting your comments below.

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5 Most Popular Categories Suggested By Book Aficionados

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

We have been interacting with Book Aficionados through our Facebook and Twitter page and generally ask for their opinions and likings. With brief interaction that we have in the last one year with our readers, we have come up with the blog post, which offers you a glimpse of of some of the most popular books categories.

Listing here the top 5 categories of books based on popularity:

1.  Books of Famous Authors: This tops the list. Interestingly, we found that most of our Facebook and Twitter connections are interested in reading books written by famous authors. Good for us that we have made a dedicated page on our website from where you can browse through all your favorite authors. This category spans a number of popular authors from classic to modern genre.

2.      Fictions, Romance & Thrillers:  Whilst having interaction with the Facebook and Twitter enthusiasts, we come up with the fact that the young genre of society keeps its eyes open for the books on fictions, romance and thrillers. They can get from us the latest releases of this category which includes books on love story, Ghosts, espionage and fictional characters like Batman, Harry Potter, James Bond, Robinhood, Spiderman, Superman, Tarzan, etc.

3.     Biographies: The next category which our Facebook and Twitter fans are most interested in is Biographies. Our past record of selling a number of the biographies on Steve Jobs demonstrates this fact. At our online store, readers can have the biographies of popular figures from the sub-categories such as actors, authors, historians, scientists, Journalists, Leaders, Literatures, Musicians, Philosophers, etc.

4.      Countries of the World Books: A good number of our fans have shown interest in books written about the political, social, economic and cultural issues of countries.  As we have the option for this category on our website, those who are interested in the same can come to us. Its sub-category comprises countries like America, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Russia, France, etc.

5.    Books on Animals:  Most surprisingly, books on animals are also in the list of readers’ first choice. Some Facebook and Twitter Buffs have given preference to the books on terms and issues related to zoological creatures like kangaroo, dog, zebra, tiger, lion, amphibians, cycliophora, echinodermata, insects, etc. Our collection of books on animal is unmatched.  You can browse through it for getting more knowledge about your favorite animal.

 Well, this is not the end of story. There’s a lot more for you to browse through. Just go and check out the whole list.

Top Hundred Bestsellers of 2011:The Best Readings of the Year

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

2011 has been the best year for books, booklovers, and regular readers and for the bookstores- the year can be called the best for sales and readings. As the year is about to end in a few days to come, it is high time that we should have a recap episode and look back over all the titles that have been continuously running high on our book sales list. There are some books that encouraged better reading among our readers. There are some titles selected from the mega awards winners. And there are also some books that have been all- time favorites among our readers, irrespective of their publication dates.
Among the whole lot of books and bestsellers, we have finally selected the top 100 bestsellers of the year and really enjoyed this journey down the memory lane. Just keep scrolling down to check out the list:

Disclaimer: The list does not follow any particular order.

Bestseller 2011: Bestseller 2011:Inheritance Christopher Paolini Bestseller 2011: Bestseller 2011:Steve Jobs The Exclusive Biography Bestseller 2011:Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Ugly Truth Jeff Kinney Bestseller 2011:Heroes of Olympus The Book Two The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan Bestseller 2011:The Hunger Games Bestseller 2011:The Throne of Fire Bestseller 2011:Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival Resilience and Redemption Bestseller 2011:A Stolen Life A Memoir Bestseller 2011:The 17 Day Diet A Doctor s Plan for Rapid Results Bestseller 2011:Catching Fire Thorndike Bestseller 2011:Water for Elephants Bestseller 2011:Mockingjay The Final Book of The Hunger Games Bestseller 2011:City of Fallen Angels Bestseller 2011:Dead Reckoning A Sookie Stackhouse Novel Bestseller 2011:A Dance with Dragons Bestseller 2011:The Land of Painted Caves Bestseller 2011:The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Bestseller 2011:The Five Love Languages Bestseller 2011:The Best of Me Bestseller 2011:Cutting For Stone Bestseller 2011:Awakened Bestseller 2011:Smokin Seventeen Bestseller 2011:Killing Lincoln Bestseller 2011:Entreleadership Bestseller 2011:Sarah's Key Bestseller 2011:Bossypants Bestseller 2011:In the garden of beasts Bestseller 2011:The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest Bestseller 2011:Crazy Love Bestseller 2011:The Dukan Diet Bestseller 2011:The Great Gatsby Bestseller 2011:Silverlicious Bestseller 2011:The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Bestseller 2011:Harry Potter Boxed Set Bestseller 2011:10th Anniversary Bestseller 2011:Jesus Calling Bestseller 2011:To Kill a Mockingbird Bestseller 2011:A Discovery of Witches Bestseller 2011:The Lost Hero Bestseller 2011:The Art of Racing in the Rain Bestseller 2011:Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Bestseller 2011:Tick Tock Bestseller 2011:The Alchemist Bestseller 2011:Sing You Home Bestseller 2011:The Paris Wife Bestseller 2011:11/22/1963 Bestseller 2011:The Book Thief Bestseller 2011:Night Elie-Wiesel-Marion-Wiesel-Sergey-Bermeniev Bestseller 2011:The Girl Who Played With Fire Bestseller 2011:The Lucky One Bestseller 2011:Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Bestseller 2011:How to win friends and influence people Bestseller 2011:Maximum Ride Angel Bestseller 2011:The Giver Bestseller 2011:Hungry Girl 300 Under 300 Bestseller 2011:Now you see her Bestseller 2011:The Outsiders Bestseller 2011:Passion Bestseller 2011:True Grit Bestseller 2011:Room A Novel Bestseller 2011:State of Wonder Bestseller 2011:The Greater Journey Bestseller 2011:I am number four Bestseller 2011:The Four Agreements Bestseller 2011:Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Bestseller 2011:Love Wins Bestseller 2011:Decision Points Bestseller 2011:A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee Bestseller 2011:Explosive Eighteen Bestseller 2011:The Sixth Man Bestseller 2011:The Investment Answer Bestseller 2011:The Glass Castle Bestseller 2011:Seal Team Six Bestseller 2011:A Guide to the project management body of knowledge Bestseller 2011:Red Mist Bestseller 2011:The Drop Bestseller 2011:Moonwalking With Einstein Bestseller 2011:How Success Happens Bestseller 2011:Silverstein Poetry Book Bestseller 2011:Boomerang Travels in the New Third World Bestseller 2011:1Q84 Haruki Murakami Bestseller 2011:Reckless Endangerment Gretchen Morgenson Bestseller 2011:The Wise Man s Fear Kingkiller Chronicles Day 2 Bestseller 2011:V is for Sue Grafton Bestseller 2011:The Marriage Plot Bestseller 2011:Ghost Story Bestseller 2011:In My Time Bestseller 2011:Before I Go To Sleep Bestseller 2011:The Fifth Witness Bestseller 2011:The Night Circus Bestseller 2011:Demonic Bestseller 2011:The Power of Six Bestseller 2011:Buried Prey Bestseller 2011:The Next Always Bestseller 2011:The Sense of an Ending Bestseller 2011:Shock Wave Bestseller 2011:Cold Vengeance Bestseller 2011:One Day
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