This is probably the best looking infographic I’ve seen in a long time. It’s showing some of the best-selling books of all time, sorted by genre, to show the best-selling genres of all time.

You can quibble with a few of their choices The Thorn Birds as YA? Why only one book in magical realism? However, overall, it makes for interesting viewing.

Battle Of The Genres

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  1. I also wondered about romance being left out and agree with you on the YA category. A bit off, but still an interesting chart along with a prompt for me to go re-purchase Kane and Abel. I read it long ago, but can’t for the life of me remember anything other than I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  2. Why is literary fiction divided into old and new, but not any other genre. Possibly to make all adult genres the same? Not that Historical Fiction is treated the same as it omits probably the top seller – Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities with estimated sales of 200 million.

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