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Random House is delighted to announce that James Patterson has been crowned the world’s top-selling author since January 2001.  Publishing data experts Nielsen compiled the chart based on print volume sales. 


Patterson has sold more than 300 million copies since his debut, The Thomas Berryman Number, was published in 1976, the first of 130 novels. His books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States.

This July he will be pairing with Ashwin Sanghi to release Private India, the new addition to his bestselling Private series.


 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)

JAMES PATTERSON is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is very supportive of the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards in New York.