Stephen King has penned more than 50 novels, selling a combined 350 million copies worldwide. His works have also been adapted for screens big and small. Photo: AFP

Who says reading is dead? There are more mega-bestselling authors than ever, with sales in the hundreds of millions

This is the age of writers like James Patterson, Dan Brown and Stephenie Meyer, whose sales number more than 100 million – and of J.K Rowling, Stephen King and Paulo Coelho, who have sold more than 350 million books. But what makes a mega-selling author?

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Stephen King has penned more than 50 novels, selling a combined 350 million copies worldwide. His works have also been adapted for screens big and small. Photo: AFP
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