Which sci-fi books were among the most-read of the past 50 years?

Contrary to popular belief, people all over the world are still reading and—as this elegant infographic listing the 10 most read books of the past 50 years shows—their tastes range from the religious to the magical to the romantically inclined undead.

Created by designer Jared Fanning and writer James Chapman, this image uses book sales figures for the past half-century to show where, exactly, J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga land on the Top 10. (No surprise: They're all dwarfed by the Holy Bible.)

As Chapman explained:

"I have compiled this list of the 10 Most Read Books In The World after completing a long project of research to establish exactly which are the most read books in the world ... You will find in this list a varied array of subject matter, covering a considerable number of years of some truly talented author's work. Some of the authors are no longer with us, but the majority are still producing their masterpieces for our ongoing delight."

Can't wait until the movie version of Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung.

Promises to be a barn-burner.

(Via Mediabistro)