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The 15 Best Seller Books of all times

The 15 Best Seller Books of all times

Finding out the books which have most commercial success should be a more concrete endeavor. We can just look at the sales numbers and rank them for a current list. Unfortunately, this turns out to be quite a herculean task itself.

There is no central repository or current list for total sales numbers for books. Publishers may not share sales numbers for individual books, or their reported numbers may be inaccurate. It gets even more complicated when you consider that popular books often are released in multiple editions, sometimes by entirely different publishers. Older works that are in the public domain may be published simultaneously by several different companies. The fact is, any worldwide sales figures for a book more than a few years old are probably an educated guess at best.

Yet keeping these points, we have for you a list of 15 books which are always welcomed by the readers.

1: “Xinhua Zidian” – 567 million

It may not be too surprising to see a reference book at the top of this list of all-time best-selling books, but did you know “Xinhua Zidian,” a Chinese-language dictionary, is probably the best-selling one of the bunch? “Xinhua Zidian” was first published in 1953 and became the standard dictionary among Chinese schoolchildren. Its widespread use in the most populous nation in the world (1.4 billion people as of 2022) gives this book a unique place on our list.

2: “Don Quixote de la Mancha” – 500 million

Cervantes’ “Don Quixote de la Mancha” was originally published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615.
Miguel de Cervantes’ novel about a man who becomes so infatuated with tales of knights that he decides to become one is believed to serve as the foundation for modern novels.

3: “A Tale of Two Cities” – 200 million

First published in 1859, this novel by Charles Dickens, one of the most popular authors of all time, examines the class struggles that led to the French Revolution, and the uncomfortable truth that sometimes the revolutionaries are worse than the establishment: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

4: “The Lord of the Rings” – 150 million

Bilbo Baggins’ epic journey across Middle Earth has drawn readers in all over the world since 1954 and made best sellers lists for years.
This high-stakes fantasy trilogy plays a big role on this list. “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien is believed to have established the modern fantasy genre, and it embodies a classic tale of good versus evil, and the lengths to which friends will go for each other.

5: “The Little Prince” – 140 million

“The Little Prince,” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is a charming novella about a lonely young prince who tours a variety of planets, including Earth, from his home on a tiny asteroid. The book’s thematic exploration of loss and connection has resonated with readers all over the world, making it one of the most enduring publications on this list. “The Little Prince” was originally published in both English and French in 1943, and has become beloved because of its lessons for all ages, despite being written for children.

6: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” – 120 million

We learn Harry Potter is a wizard at the same time he does in this, our first introduction to him and the Harry Potter books. RAY_EXPLORES/FLICKR
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” is the first volume in perennial New York Times bestseller J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster series about young wizards living in a magical modern world of dark secrets, as the adventures begin in the Harry Potter series. The novel’s ability to immerse the reader in this introduction to Harry, who, on his 11th birthday, learns he is a wizard, has been enthralling readers ever since the book was first published in 1997.

7: “And Then There Were None” – 100 million

“And Then There Were None” is the best-selling book by British mystery legend Agatha Christie. The book, first printed in 1939, details the horrifying truth of a series of murders on an island in which each death coincides with a line from an old nursery rhyme, with the seemingly impossible crime explained in Christie’s ingenious epilogue.

8: “Dream of the Red Chamber” – 100 million

The Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber” is a semi-autobiographical work that chronicles the rise and fall of a family during the Qing dynasty and was first published in 1791 by author Cao Xueqin. It’s considered one of the four great classic novels of Chinese literature and has been finding success, with an entire field of literary study devoted to it.

9: “The Hobbit” – 100 million

“The Hobbit” is one of the all-time best-sellling books, written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
A prequel to the popular “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien was published in 1937. It marked the first time readers the world over learned about Bilbo Baggins, a member of the Hobbit race of diminutive humanlike people, who undertakes an epic journey to regain stolen treasure guarded by a fearsome dragon. Along the way, Baggins fishes a magical ring from a stream that brings its own set of benefits and dangers to the story, highlighting the complexity of trustworthiness and friendship.

10: “Think and Grow Rich” – 100 million

Author Napoleon Hill is sometimes considered the father of the self-help movement in the United States. He studied successful and wealthy people and then created a formula for achieving personal success. “Think and Grow Rich,” his most popular book, was released in 1937 during the Great Depression and has since sold at least 100 million copies, making it not only one of the best-selling books of all time, but one of the most widely read self-help books of all time.

11: “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – 85 million

“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, published in 1950, is a classic example of a “magical doorway” story. C.S. Lewis published this religious-themed fantasy novel in 1950. Intended as a children’s book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is set during World War II and is a classic example of a “magical doorway” story, in which the adventures begin when a gate between the normal world and a magical one is discovered. This formula would, of course, be used to great success years later by J.K. Rowling.

12: “The Da Vinci Code” – 80 million

Dan Brown’s 2003 mystery novel, “The Da Vinci Code,” about a conspiracy hiding the horrifying truth of the dark secrets of the Catholic Church, was no doubt boosted in popularity when the Catholic Church decried it (and the inevitable film, starring Tom Hanks, which was released in 2006).

13: “The Alchemist” – 80 million

“The Alchemist,” Paulo Coelho’s mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, comes in at No. 13 on our list. Written in Portuguese in 1986, and then translated into English in 1993, “The Alchemist” is touted as an allegorical masterpiece about a young shepherd who seeks his destiny in the desert.

14: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – 77 million

In J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” a mysterious elf tells Harry to expect trouble during his second year at Hogwarts, and trouble he gets when the adventures begin in this bestselling book series.
The book was released in 1998, and uncovers more of the mysteries of the wizarding school Hogwarts, the further adventures of harry and his friends, and the series’ prevailing villain, Voldemort. In this book, the adventures begin when Potter receives a mysterious message that his life will be in danger if he returns to Hogwarts, but return he must. Hogwarts, and his friends there, are what keep Potter going as he endures seemingly endless drudgery with the Dursleys each summer.

15: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – 65 million

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” may have been the sixth book in the seven-book Harry Potter series, but it ranks as the third best-selling book in the series (all seven make this list). This book is notable for detailing the childhood of main villain Voldemort, and for an infamous death scene that shocked many fans with its dark turn of events. Not only has “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” sold millions of copies, it sold them incredibly quickly — 9 million copies sold within 24 hours of its release in 2005.


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Best and Safest Smartphones for Kids in UAE

The best phones for kids give them freedom without putting them at risk.  As school-age kids begin to spend more time away from home, engaged in extracurriculars and growing their social circles, parents might consider a cellular device for checking in. If you’re thinking ‘now’s the time’, here are a few recommendations, keeping parental controls and web safety in mind.

When you decide to introduce your child to a mobile phone, is up to you. According to the US-based non-profit Child Mind Institute, parent advocacy groups prefer to wait until the eighth grade, when teens are around 13 years old. Dr Ateeq Qureshi, senior consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with the Priory Wellbeing Centre in Abu Dhabi, is of the same opinion.

“Usually one would say that children younger than secondary school age are too young to manage phone use responsibly and, generally, not in need of a phone. They don’t partake in any activities independently, hence they don’t need to communicate with their parents using a phone.

“Ultimately, the need is determined by parents, whether their child requires a communication tool. And, for older children, probably 13 or older (determined by the family), this could be for social communication needs,” explained Dr Qureshi.

Today, there are child-friendly phones with camera and texting capabilities that have zero access to social media apps, like the Gabb Phone. For children aged 10 and under, some mums and dads may opt for watch phones or tablets, instead.

Browse the selection below, from iPhone to elementary watch phones, to find a gadget that best fits your child’s lifestyle. We’ve featured Abdullah’s picks “approved by parents”, with options for budget buys. Shop with Prime to get free, next-day delivery on the device.

1. Best iPhone for Kids: Apple iPhone SE (128 GB)


Budget-friendly latest model
Family Sharing makes it easier to monitor more than one child
Set up age restrictions, and download and purchase approvals
Limit and review screen time from your device
5G cellular network

Family Sharing only works with an Apple ecosystem
Apple’s latest software upgrade, the iOS 16, offers parents its most advanced controls, yet. Your child can access all its new offerings without being bogged down by the high-performance features of, say, an iPhone 14. Keep it plain and simple with the third generation of iPhone SE, launched in 2022. Parents get to set up and manage parental controls via the Family Sharing group. This is especially beneficial if the family has an existing Apple ecosystem. Add age restrictions to your kid’s iPhone content in apps, books and TV shows, set up app limits, restrict communication, request download approvals and more. Another feature called Screen Time helps you encourage downtime – your child can always send a request for more screen time from their phone. If they’re trying to purchase in-game loot, turn on Ask to Buy in the group for approval from the family organiser. Besides parental control, expect fast loading times with the A15 Bionic chip and 5G cellular network. According to reviewers, the battery life is excellent.

2. Best Android for Kids: Samsung Galaxy A53, 5G


Family Link app tracks location, limits access and screen time
Parents don’t need an Android to monitor
Budget-friendly latest model
Eye protection from blue light
Two-day battery life


Charger has to be bought separately
Our expert’s pick, the Samsung Galaxy A53, is a decent mid-range Android smartphone for children. It boasts a bigger screen than the iPhone SE at 6.5 inches, and protects the eyes with a single tap to limit blue light. At this price, you’re getting a 5G-enabled handset, with four rear cameras peaking at 64MP, and a 32MP front camera. As for parental controls, Samsung encourages parents to download Google’s Family Link app on both devices, which will then help them monitor usage. Keep tabs on their screen time, limit access to certain apps and check in on their device’s location. The best part is that parents can run Family Link on their iPhone and still apply settings to their child’s Android phone.

3. Best Value Android Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G


Supports Google’s Family Link app
Plays sound crafted by JBL
Large screen
Charges in 15 minutes
Works well for gaming


Camera is subpar
Another budget pick by Abdullah is Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 11 Pro+. This is a 5G-enabled Android device with a 6.67-inch display and capable performance speeds on the Snapdragon 695 chipset. It carries a 108MP triple camera setup, the quality of which is less impressive than expected, report reviewers. So, if this is a feature you can compromise on, the Note 11 Pro+ definitely fits the bill as a stylish economical handset. Its sound is crafted by the audio brand JBL to curate the perfect audio experience. Plus, the phone charges for the entire day in just 15 minutes. With 8GB RAM, 120Hz refresh rate and cooling technology, it can handle your child’s gaming sessions, too. Set up parental controls with Google’s Family Link app.

4. Best Rugged Phone on a Budget: Ulefone Armor X8, 4G


Safe from drops, dirt and water
Retains important features, like GPS and NFC
Waterproof cameras
Approved by parents in the reviews


Only 4GB of RAM
Ulefone Armor X8 is a 4G Android phone designed for those who work in damage-prone settings. Its invincible ruggedness protects the device from water, high-pressure jets, dirt and falls, making it perfect for teens with an active lifestyle. The 13MP and 5MP cameras are completely waterproof, too. Reviewers say that it can run your basic social apps, GPS and music – at this price point, though, speeds tad slower than flagship phones should be expected. Mums and dads in the reviews have picked the handset up for their teenage sons, since it can survive more than just a few drops.

5. Best Watch Phone: MyFirst Fone R1 , Black


Makes and receives audio and video calls
Carries Wi-Fi and 4G LTE support
SOS button sends a 30-second live recording of surrounding sounds
GPS tracking with geo-fencing


Video calls might not be possible in the UAE
If your child isn’t quite ready for a mobile device, try a watch phone instead. MyFirst Fone R1 is a waterproof GPS watch that doubles as a communication device, with SIM card support. It has built-in location services to help you track your little one in real-time, and if they’re lost, they can get in touch with you via the SOS button. With a compatible SIM, you can ring your child remotely, or use the Wi-Fi to check in on their study sessions through a video call at home. Parents in the reviews have purchased this for their kids as young as second graders, to watch over them as they take the bus and head to school. They report back clear audio calls, decent tracking and SMS feature.


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5 Easy Exercises for Kids to be Fit

A report by WHO found that even before the lockdown, 4 out of 5 teens were not registering enough exercise and physical activity, with the most alarming rates observed in Asian countries, including India and Korea.

It’s important to know that staying fit and active is important for the younger ones too staying at home. Guidelines suggest that kids who start exercising since a young age are at a lesser risk for developing Type-2 diabetes, Cancer, maintain weight, strengthen bones and the brains as well as ward off the risk for developing other lifestyle diseases. It is crucial that children spend a minim of 30-45 minutes each day indulging in any kind of physical activity.

Even though the little ones don’t need to engage in physically strenuous exercises or follow fancy online workouts, here are five such playful exercises kids can do sitting at home without having to move out.

1. Squats
While squats are a must-do exercise for any adult, the benefits extend to children as well. Regular practice of squats can build strength, endurance, help them stay in shape and you will be surprised to know how easily kids can do this. If you want to make it a little simpler for them, use a stool but encourage them to let their body touch the surface and quickly stand up.

2. Skipping rope exercise

If you have a skipping rope at home, there’s no better workout for the kids (as well as the adults) to do than this. It is a simple tool to work out the entire body, get the heart rate up and improve coordination and balance. Not to forget, it’s super fun and engaging for the little ones.

3. Crab walk

One of the easiest and the most exercises to do, this simply requires a child to sit with their hands backwards, legs in the front and crawl through like a crab. While it might look funny, a crab walk helps a growing child develop core muscles and strength in the legs and the arms.

4. Jumping jacks
Jumping jacks are a fun way of teaching your children agility and multidirectional movement at an early age. It is ideal for kids over the age of 6.

Get them to stand upright, arms on the sides. Tell them to bend slightly and jump and slowly, spread the legs apart and extend the arms over the head. Post this, get back to the start position and repeat.

5. Cat-cow stretch

Mastering the cat-cow stretch is a fun yogic move for all age groups and an extremely beneficial one. In fact, getting your kids to start doing yoga at a young age can improve strength, coordination and promote calmness. This yoga posture enhances mobility and strengthens core back muscles, which is essential during the development stage.

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How to make a Paper Bag

Paper Bag Origami

Paper bags are widely used for carrying gift items, dresses and others. These could be simple or decorated and vary in sizes. Infact, plastic bags are now replaced by paper bags. If you are a creative person and passionate of art of paper folding or origami, then you are the right person to make it within few minutes!

Material Required

Papers used for the purpose could be newspapers, coloured papers and so on. You can use paper according to your own choice. Besides, you need a scissor, scale, pencil, glue, colours, ribbons, and other decorative items as per requirement.

10 Steps to make a Paper Bag

  • Place the cut out paper in front on a flat surface.
  • The paper should be placed in landscape orientation or long sides up and down; short sides to the left and right. Decorated papers should be faced down.
  • Then the bottom edge of the paper should be folded (2inches).
  • The fold should be creased sharply. This end would become the bottom of the bag when unfolded.
  • The next step is to locate the centre points of the top and bottom edges. Here, you must maintain the landscape orientation. Bring the short sides together as though you were folding the whole thing in half. You pinch the top and bottom of the portion to be folded and mark the centre of each long side with a pencil. Then mark a half inch to the left and right of each centre point. In total there should be six points of which three lies in the centre of one long edge and rest on the other.
  • Now fold the sides of the bag into place. You must bring the right edge of the paper to the left – most marked lines and then fold. Crease the fold and unfold it. Repeat the process inversely on the opposite side. You flip the paper over and re-fold its left and right sides downward towards the centre. Glue them at the place where they overlap. Then you fold along the same lines as before (but note that the folds will be inverted. Let the glue dry completely.
  • Then you flip the bag over .The glued side should be down. It should be placed in such way so that one of the open ends points toward you.
  • You fold the side and creases inward to give an accordion effect. Make the sides so that it becomes a rectangle when it opens up. Then mark 1.5 inches inwards from the left- hand side of the bag. You push the left side crease of the bag inwards towards the interior of the bag. Do this until the left hand mark made previously sits on the outer edge where the paper is bending. First you press and fold the paper downwards so that the mark lines up with the new folded edge. Keep the top and bottom edges symmetrical at the time of pressing the paper down. Repeat the process on the right hand side. Then the body of the bag should be folded inwards on either side like a grocery shopping bag.
  • Now you make the bottom of the bag. First determine which end is the bottom by looking at the crease lines and keep the bag flattened. You fold the bag up (4 inches) from the bottom and crease it along this line. You must see that the inward flaring creases should pop open and forms a square edge. Inside, you will find a triangle of folded paper on either side. You fold few sides to the centre by using triangular shape. Bottom should be closed off properly.
  • Make holes and add handles.
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Your Drawing Can Be Turned Into A Real Soft Toy!

Kids make adorable drawings and parents often love to display those drawings and most of the times, that’s about it. But did you know that there is a chance that your kid’s drawing could actually be turned into a soft toy?

Llama, Candy, Brown bear, Globe man, Eggplant car and Ladybug mouse – all these toys are designed by kids and available on SAGOSKATT! They are all designed by kids participating in their yearly drawing competition. they have received over 71.000 extraordinary contributions from all over the world, six of them turned into huggable soft toys that sold globally. The full purchase price is donated to local initiatives supporting children right to play, develop and have fun.

Unique soft toys with a purpose

A bear that loves riding on a dog and an eggplant car that scares away intruders from underneath your bed. We’re all dazzled by the creativity among our youngest and most playful designers. This is how they describe their unique creations in their own words:

“My Halloween-themed terrifying car likes to lie under my bed and scare intruders away. You can have fun too when you see how my car frightens the enemies.” Ayaan, 8 years old.

So if you think your child can draw a cuddly soft toy, then don’t be late! All children up to the age of 12 are welcome to join.