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2001-12-24 12:43:56 AM  
lmao at #1, didn't even cross my mind..
2001-12-24 12:43:59 AM  
god didnt write the bible! ::[
2001-12-24 12:44:30 AM  
"So proud are we of the Gutenberg press, that we've compiled a list of the top-selling books of all time. But only the English-language books, because we're blatantly xenophobic."

Nice touch.
2001-12-24 12:44:43 AM  
I thought this was a "10 best" kinda list, not a 10 most popular. Yuck, who cares what's popular? Popular and good are completely different things.
2001-12-24 12:45:48 AM  
he he he got my 15 minutes,or more.
2001-12-24 12:46:00 AM  
Themadjuggler: I don't think the Chinese Red Book was originally published in English. Read the article before you biatch about it.
2001-12-24 12:49:15 AM  
Did anyone really not think it was the Bible?? Woot woot!!
2001-12-24 12:50:39 AM  

No, no... don't get me wrong. I'm not biatchin'-- I just thought that it was a funny line.
2001-12-24 12:51:23 AM  
Best selling, not best books. Kinda like Nync or whatever is the best selling album of the year. Same deal....
2001-12-24 12:56:07 AM  
Worldwide sales? 800,000,000 copies sold in English on Mao Tse-tung's sayings!?

What they say about 'The Red Book':

"We say, read and enjoy, but do not let yourself be lulled into a love of Communism. The danger that lurks there is far worse than even secular humanism.".


I'd go along with Feetsza about the 'popular and good' point (see awards shows).
2001-12-24 12:58:07 AM  
Ugh I'mthe one that didn't read close hoo hoo. I hate having egg on my face.
2001-12-24 12:58:13 AM  
It's the 'best selling' for a reason.

"Best" book is far to subjective.
2001-12-24 12:59:52 AM  
BTW, Juggler. Sorry.
2001-12-24 1:03:57 AM  
No prob.

Mmmm... egg....
2001-12-24 1:17:44 AM  
wtf where's the karma sutra?
2001-12-24 1:18:25 AM  
it should at least be above The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. lol get it? (sigh)
2001-12-24 1:19:10 AM  
Why isn't the Koran on there if the bible is? The bible is NOT an english book. I was going to toss them an email but the contact us link is dead. There have gotta be close to a billion korans in print in the last 1400 years.
2001-12-24 1:27:39 AM  
What the fark are these farkwads talking about? The bible? Has anyone sat down and read it? 90% of the time no. But a good christian owns one none the less.
2001-12-24 1:27:49 AM  
It's the most printed.

A lot of paper which you got whether you wanted it or not, and probably came in very handy from time to time.
2001-12-24 1:35:54 AM  
Whatever your views of religion. You certainly don't have to agree with it. The King James Version of the Bible has influenced the Western world more than any other English book. Beautiful prose. Its influence is undeniable.
2001-12-24 1:36:02 AM  
Most Bibles go into hotel room desk drawers. Don't forget that.

Too bad they don't sell the phone book. Then you'd have the Little Red Book competing against the Yellow Pages.

It was funnier before I wrote it down.
2001-12-24 1:36:25 AM  
if this was worldwide, i bet LOTR would be up there with the bible...
2001-12-24 1:42:52 AM  
"if this was worldwide, i bet LOTR would be up there with the bible..."

No World Wide LOTR has only Sold 50-70Million MAX the Bible Numbers in the Multi-BILLIONS!
2001-12-24 1:43:27 AM  
Top 10 boobs of all time.? Just one, or both at the same time?
2001-12-24 1:48:41 AM  
no chuck palahniuk?!
2001-12-24 1:50:09 AM  

lets call it a google. thanks google! :P
2001-12-24 2:04:49 AM  
My god,

Pop lit is horrible. I think the sheep of the world need to got off their asses and read something decent. Such as:


Gravity's Rainbow

How stuff works


Slaughterhouse 5

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas



2001-12-24 2:13:19 AM  
"No World Wide LOTR has only Sold 50-70Million MAX the Bible Numbers in the Multi-BILLIONS!"

Over 100 million.

But yes, the Bible is the most popular work of fiction ever - because of retards, yes - but the most popular work of fiction nonetheless.
2001-12-24 2:16:54 AM  
I can't beleive Mark Leyner's "The Tetherballs Of Bougainville" isn't on that list. I thought everybody was reading that. If you're not, you should be. It's easily the most hilarious book ever written.
2001-12-24 2:20:43 AM  
This list is simple and misleading crap.

When they say: "The Guiness Book of World Records", they don't mean a specific edition -- they mean every copy ever printed since its inception. How fair is that? Why not count every New York phonebook ever printed? Or every booklet the government sends out for your taxes each year?

The bible cannot properly be counted; virtually no one really reads it. 99% of the devout rarely venture further than the same few chapters of the same four gospels (with an occasional psalm tossed in). There are ordained ministers who haven't entire thing. Piety says you should have a copy, but it's more for display. In short, it's less of a book and more of a prop.

Owning a copy of Mao's "Little Red Book" was essentially mandated by Chinese law, iirc. It was another "prop" book, rarely read, but politic to possess.
2001-12-24 2:29:17 AM  
the bible is printed and sold to buyers who could care less. hotels in the US account for what? 12 billion? well maybe something close..

on the first day jesus drank some alcohol.
on the second day jesus created drinking games..
on the third day jesus drank again..
on the fourth day (as a bet) he created a world and made $20 bucks.

hrmmm. DCW
2001-12-24 2:29:45 AM  
RavinDave: with the exception of the GBOR, a lot of assumptions in the other two statements. Both "misleading crap. "
2001-12-24 2:32:23 AM  
What a useless list - they don't even list "Chariots Of The Gods?" by Erich VonDaniken!
2001-12-24 2:42:16 AM  
BWA-haha... Lord of the Rings didn't cut it. Good job, buddies.
2001-12-24 3:12:50 AM  
IMHO , Gravity's Rainbow , Thomas Pynchon = best novel that I have experienced , with Illuminati Trilogy , R. A. Wilson , a close second ....
2001-12-24 4:08:57 AM  
I don't think the bible has good prose. I mean, it isn't just that it's hard to understand. I genuinely don't think it's that well written.

Shakespeare, to draw an analogy, is hard to understand but it sure sounds wonderful. The bible sounds and reads like crap, in the 3 or 4 translations I've looked at. I guess it's probably the fact it's been translated at all?
2001-12-24 4:10:04 AM  
But only the English-language books, because we're blatantly xenophobic.

There goes my believe that Mao spoke Chinese...

And the bible is an English-language book????????????????????????

I must have missed out on some details in history class...
2001-12-24 4:29:41 AM  
These books do appear to be above most farkers heads.
2001-12-24 4:42:59 AM  
as for nobody reading the Bible, that's not really true. every Christian i know, including myself, has read at least a few books. I dont know a single christian who does not, or has not, read the Bible. It'd be like me being a devout fark fan without ever reading the site. Doesn't work... (waits for endless flood of people telling me that most Christians dont know anything about the faith anyways)...
2001-12-24 4:45:45 AM  
No LOTR? buncha crap this is.
2001-12-24 4:47:03 AM  
anyways, all joking aside, i'd probably put 'atlas shrugged' or 'shogun' up there... stupid best-selling books
2001-12-24 4:47:06 AM  
Something must be happening to me, something terrible. I actually see someone referenced an author I like: Thomas Pynchon!
Other than that it was a tiny bit humorous.
I did however have the author of the Bible sign my copy.
2001-12-24 4:48:39 AM  
Author: God
Copies sold: 6,000,000,000

God must be rolling in money - no wait thats the publishers

What a crock....popular does not mean good - I mean take the bible.......yadayadayada.......chewbacca was a wookie.......that does not make sense, I rest my case
2001-12-24 4:49:01 AM  
Noam Chomsky didn't get mentioned? What kind of a stupid list is this anyway?
2001-12-24 4:51:37 AM  
I went and did a survey of the most-read work of literature among my peers... it's the issue of Maxim with Katie Holmes in it. Hands down.
2001-12-24 4:54:27 AM  
What's even better than a tiny bit humorous is either the number of people who commented without reading the article, or the amount of people who did read it and don't get it. C'mon it's really not that subtle.
2001-12-24 5:08:36 AM  
just for all the people complaining about good books not being listed, how do you objectively rate a book, without bias?

# of copies sold.

by the way, i'd suggest anything written by Kurt Vonnegut to anyone looking for a good book to read. but that's completely subjective on my part...
2001-12-24 5:14:44 AM  
Ah Ubermonkey, Tetherballs is awesome but either My Cousin My Gastroenterologist or Et Tu Babe is better.

Besides, all true literati know that Ratner's Star by Don Delillo is the best book ever written.

2001-12-24 5:31:13 AM  
Deviant: I'll back you up on that one. Everyone on the planet should read every book by Vonnegut they can get their grubby little hands on. Better than the Goddamned Bible, that's for sure.'s review of the Bible was pretty amusing, though.
2001-12-24 5:31:45 AM  
Pynchon, Delillo. Might as well plug William Gaddis. William Burroughs I suppose. Some of his later stuff made my skin crawl and read with one eye shut.
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