Writing Tip: Best-Selling, Bestselling & Best Seller

We often talk about best sellers, some of our best-selling titles by bestselling authors.

Here’s how to distinguish each usage:

  • Best-selling (with a hyphen) is used to describe the product that has sold the best (whether it’s within our ecosystem, nationally, over the years, etc.):

This is one of our best-selling resources.

  • Bestselling (without a hyphen) is used in a colloquial sense, usually in terms of something besides the product itself. One of the most common usages is to describe an author—we’re not literally selling the author, but they’ve written a best-selling title:

She’s a bestselling author.

  • Best seller (two words) is the noun for a best-selling product:

This resource is a best seller.

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