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Nielsen-HWR Bestsellers: The Most Trusted List of Bestselling Books in India

Bestselling Books in India

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The HWR-Nielsen bestseller list the most authoritative bestseller list in India. It is the only list which covers both online and physical bookstores, and is put together by Nielsen bookscan, the world leader in measuring book sales data including in the US and the UK. The FAQs have details.

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HWR Bestselling Books in India: Top 50 Fiction books

Data for the week ending 11th September 2021

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Alchemist,The

Paulo Coelho

General & Literary Fiction

2

One Arranged Murder

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

3

Pride & Prejudice

Austen, Jane

General & Literary Fiction

4

Silent Patient, The

Michaelides, Alex

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

5

Girl in Room 105,The

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

6

Complete Novel of Sherlock Holmes, The

Doyle, Arthur Conan

General & Literary Fiction

7

Man Called Ove, A

Backman, Fredrik

General & Literary Fiction

8

And Then There Were None

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

9

It Ends with Us

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

10

Forty Rules of Love, The

Shafak, Elif

General & Literary Fiction

11

To Kill A Mockingbird:60th Anniversary Edition

Lee, Harper

General & Literary Fiction

12

Life is What You Make it

Shenoy, Preeti

General & Literary Fiction

13

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Rooney, Sally

General & Literary Fiction

14

Midnight Library, The

Haig, Matt

General & Literary Fiction

15

Time Machine, The

Wells, H. G.

General & Literary Fiction

16

Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

17

Immortals of Meluha, The: The Shiva Trilogy

Tripathi, Amish

Historical & Mythological Fiction

18

Palace of Illusions, The

Banerjee Divakaruni, Chitra

General & Literary Fiction

19

Girl in the Red Lipstick, The

K.Pandey, Ajay

Romance & Sagas

20

Prophet, The

Gibran, Kahlil

General & Literary Fiction

21

One Indian Girl

Bhagat, Chetan

General & Literary Fiction

22

Alchemist

Coelho, Paulo & Soni, Madan

General & Literary Fiction

23

Song of Achilles, The

Miller, Madeline

General & Literary Fiction

24

One Day, Life Will Change: A Story of Love and Inspiration to Win Life

Umakanthan, Saranya

Romance & Sagas

25

Kite Runner, The: Tenth anniversary edition

Hosseini, Khaled

General & Literary Fiction

26

God of Small Things, The

Roy, Arundhati

General & Literary Fiction

27

Wake Up, Life is Calling

Shenoy, Preeti

General & Literary Fiction

28

1984

Orwell, George

General & Literary Fiction

29

Kafka on the Shore

Murakami, Haruki

General & Literary Fiction

30

Secret Garden, The

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

General & Literary Fiction

31

Little Life, A: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015

Yanagihara, Hanya

General & Literary Fiction

32

Dark Matter

Crouch, Blake

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

33

Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta: Ram Chandra

Tripathi, Amish

Historical & Mythological Fiction

34

Touch of Eternity, A

Durjoy, Datta,

Romance & Sagas

35

Ram: Scion of Ikshvaku: Ram Chandra

Tripathi, Amish

Historical & Mythological Fiction

36

Bird With Golden Wings, The

Murty, Sudha

General & Literary Fiction

37

Bookshelf Whispers: A Tale of Love, Life and Legacy

Ranade, Bhagyashree

Romance & Sagas

38

Norwegian Wood

Murakami, Haruki

General & Literary Fiction

39

Room On The Roof, The

Bond, Ruskin

Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies

40

Secret of the Nagas, The: The Shiva Trilogy

Tripathi, Amish

Historical & Mythological Fiction

41

Murder on the Orient Express: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

42

Wish I Could Tell You

Datta, Durjoy

General & Literary Fiction

43

All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr, Anthony

General & Literary Fiction

44

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The: A Novel

Reid, Taylor Jenkins

General & Literary Fiction

45

Everything I Never Told You

Pandey, Ajay K.

Romance & Sagas

46

You Only Live Once: One for Passion Two for Love Three for Friendship

Changle, Stuti

General & Literary Fiction

47

Da Vinci Code, The

Brown, Dan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

48

Metamorphosis

Kafka, Franz

General & Literary Fiction

49

Whereabouts: A Novel

Lahiri, Jhumpa

General & Literary Fiction

50

Something I Never Told You

Bhinder, Shravya

General & Literary Fiction

Note : The top 50 bestselling Fiction titles provided by Nielsen BookScan India


HWR Bestselling Books in India: Top 50 Non-Fiction books

Data for the week ending 11th September 2021

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Broke to Breakthrough: The Rise of India's Largest Private Dairy Company

Damodaran, Harish

Biography: Business

2

Psychology of Money, The

Housel, Morgan

Money & Consumer Issues

3

Atomic Habits: the life-changing million-copy #1 bestseller

Clear, James

Popular Psychology

4

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

García, Héctor & Miralles, Francesc

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

5

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Money & Consumer Issues

6

Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck,The

Das, Gaur Gopal

Self Improvement: General

7

World's Greatest Books for Personal Growth & Wealth

N.A 

Self Improvement: General

8

Life's Amazing Secrets: How to Find Balance and Purpose in Your Life

Das, Gaur Gopal

Self Improvement: General

9

Business Unusual: The story of Tata

Casey, Peter

Biography: General

10

Time Management

Dixit, Sudhir

Self Improvement: General

11

Diamonds in the Dust: Consistent Compounding for Extraordinary Wealth Creation

Mukherjea, Saurabh & Ranjan, Rakshit & D

Finance & Accounting

12

Attitude is Everything: Change Your Attitude ... Change Your Life!

Keller, Jeff

Self Improvement: General

13

Bhagavad Gita: Yatharoop

Prabhupada, A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami

Non-Christian Religions

14

Karma:A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODA

Sadhguru

Religion: Comparative, General & Reference

15

Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The

Sharma, Robin S.

Popular Psychology

16

Think Like a Monk: The Secret of How to Harness the Power of Positivity

Shetty, Jay

Popular Psychology

17

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography

Tiwari, Arun & Abul Kalam

Autobiography: General

18

Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust

Frankl, Viktor E

Popular Psychology

19

Intelligent Investor, The

Graham, Benjamin

Finance & Accounting

20

Richest Man in Babylon, The

Clason, George S.

Money & Consumer Issues

21

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Harari, Yuval Noah

Popular Science

22

Aapke Avchetan Mann Ki Shakti

Murphy, Joseph

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

23

5 AM Club, The

Sharma, Robin

Self Improvement: General

24

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Carnegie, Dale

Self Improvement: General

25

Who Will Cry When You Die?

Sharma, Robin S.

Popular Psychology

26

Story of My Experiments with Truth, The: An Autobiography

Gandhi, M. K.

Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military

27

Wuthering Heights

Bronte, Emily

Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous

28

Death; An Inside Story: A book for all those who shall die

Sadhguru

Self Improvement: General

29

Sawal Hi Jawab Hain

Pease, Allan

Self Improvement: General

30

Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy

Sadhguru

Alternative Belief Systems

31

Autobiography of a Yogi

Yogananda, Paramahansa

Biography: General

32

How to Talk to Anyone

Lowndes, Leil

Popular Psychology

33

Believe in Yourself

Murphy, Joseph

Self Improvement: General

34

Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

Masters, Blake & Thiel, Peter

Management & Business: General

35

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Newport, Cal

Careers & Success

36

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Carnegie, Dale

Coping with Problems & Illness

37

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kahneman, Daniel

Popular Psychology

38

Because Life is a Gift: Stories of Hope, Courage and Perseverance

Chabbra, MS Disha

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

39

Theory of Everything, The: The Origin and Fate of the Universe

Hawking, Stephen

Encyclopedias & General Reference

40

Coffee Can Investing: The Low Risk Road to Stupendous Wealth

Mukherjea, Saurabh

Economics: Professional & General

41

Three Thousand Stitches -:Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Murty, Sudha

Biography: General

42

Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, The

Mackesy, Charlie

History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy

43

Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done

Tracy, Brian

Self Improvement: General

44

Why I am an Atheist and Other Works

Singh, Bhagat

Autobiography: General

45

Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential

Dweck, Dr Carol

Popular Psychology

46

Memory: How to develop, train, and use it

Atkinson, William Walker

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

47

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

Sinek, Simon

Careers & Success

48

Ignited Minds: Unleashing the power within India

Kalam, A P J Abdul

Social Studies: General

49

Spy Stories: Inside the Secret World of the R.A.W. and the I.S.I.

Levy, Adrian & Scott-Clark, Cathy

True Stories

50

You Can

Adams, George Matthew

Self Improvement: General

Note: The top 50 bestselling Adult Non-Fiction titles provided by Nielsen BookScan India


HWR Bestselling Books in India: Top 25 Children and Young Adult

Data for the week ending 11th September 2021

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Grandma's Bag Of Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

2

Great Stories for Children

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

3

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

4

Magic Of The Lost Temple, The

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

5

Blue Umbrella, The

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

6

Peppa Pig: Little Library:Peppa Pig

N.A 

Picture Books

7

Grandparents' Bag of Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

8

101 Panchatantra Stories

N.A.

Children's Fiction

9

1001 Activities Book

N.A. 

Novelty & Activity Books

10

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

11

Very Hungry Caterpillar, The

Carle, Eric

Picture Books

12

Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection (Children’s Paperback)

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

13

World's Greatest Leaders

N.A

Reference & Home Learning

14

Book Thief, The

Zusak, Markus

Young Adult Fiction

15

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

16

One Of Us Is Lying

McManus, Karen M.

Young Adult Fiction

17

Girl Who Drank the Moon, The

Barnhill, Kelly

Children's Fiction

18

My Little Book of Ganesha: Illustrated board books on Hindu mythology

India, Penguin

Picture Books

19

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

20

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

Kinney, Jeff

Children's Fiction

21

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

22

Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

23

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

24

Kid Who Came From Space, The

Welford, Ross

Children Fiction

25

How I Taught My Grand Mother To Read: And Other Stories

Sudha, Murthy,

Young Adult Fiction

Note : The top 50 Fiction, Top 50 Non-fiction and the Top 25 bestselling Children & YA titles are provided by Nielsen BookScan India .


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FAQs for Bestselling Books in India

What is HWR?

HWR stands for the Himalayan Writing Retreat. A small business based in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, our mission is to help writers & readers. In our ideal world, everyone reads and all writing is beautiful. We are India's leader in writing courses & workshops. We host our courses both online and in the Himalayas. You can check our Writing Workshops & Courses to know more about them. 

We also host many free / Charitable events to help you get your writing going. You can check these out here.

What is the HWR Bestseller List?

It is the list of the highest selling (bestselling) books in India. The list is updated every week. It includes Top 50 Fiction and Top 50 Non-Fiction titles along with Top 25 Children's books and Young Adult (Y.A.) titles in India.

Why does this list matter?

With this list, we finally know what India is reading.

Unlike the US which has the New York Times, The USA Today and other bestseller lists, India has not had a definitive Bestseller list. This is the only comprehensive list of book sales across India's online and physical bookstores.

What are the benefits of featuring in this list for an author?

It is recognition that your book is selling very well, and is popular.  

Can I call my book a bestseller if it features in this list of bestselling books in India and quote it as source?

Yes, you can. In fact, we would be happy to give you a badge, or simply use #HWRbestsellers . 

Is this the only list of bestselling books in India?

No. Other lists exist, but the HWR Bestseller list is the most comprehensive. The Amazon bestseller list  only includes sales on Amazon. Further, it is updated hourly, which is too small a window. Crossword has a bestseller list, but again only of it's own store sales, and does not give a rank or time-frame. 

The HWR Bestseller list is the only public list of bestselling books in India released every week which covers both online and physical retail sales in such a comprehensive way.

Does this list include Indian languages too, or is it only English books?

This is the list of the top selling books in India, irrespective of language. So if a Kannada / Bengali / any other language book sells enough to be in the top 50 fiction or non-fiction book (Top 25 for kids and Young Adult), it will show up on this list. 

How is the HWR Bestseller list different from the bestseller list Hindustan Times used to publish till recently?

HWR's list of Bestselling Books in India is longer and much more detailed than the Hindustan Times (HT) list. The HWR Bestseller list goes up to top 50 fiction and top 50 non-fiction books. The HT Bestseller list used to cover only the top 10 of each. The HWR list covers the top 25 Children's and Young Adult books. The HT bestseller list only covered the top 5.  The HWR Bestseller is based on the same data source that the HT Bestseller list was based on - Bookscan from Nielsen (Nielsen is a world leader in Audience measurement) .

Note : HT Does not carry the bestseller list anymore. 

What % of book sales in India are covered in the HWR Bestsellers list?

The exact number can vary from one publisher to the next, but roughly half of Indian trade book sales is covered in the HWR Bestseller list.

What is the basis/source of this list of bestselling books in India?

Data is collected on a daily basis from tens of physical books stores, and from online sellers. These include Crossword, Flipkart,Om Books, Amazon sellers like Cloudtail etc. These are collated on a weekly basis and shared here. HWR will further analyze and present monthly and quarterly trends and insights as well.  

These above names are indicative and the full retail panel can change from time to time.

How is this list of bestselling books in India different from the Amazon Bestseller list?

These two lists are different in many ways:

  • The Amazon Bestseller list only has Amazon data. The HWR Bestseller list includes all major book stores across Indian cities  in addition to most  Amazon and Flipkart resellers. So, the HWR Bestseller list is a more comprehensive list.
  • The HWR Bestseller list is updated every week, so one gets a real, long-term sense for book sales. Amazon updates it's list every hour, so it is a bit of a blur. It can be hard to keep track and get an accurate, longer-term picture of the most popular books.
  • The HWR Bestseller list will include deep analysis of the available data to track trends, identify long-term bestsellers and so on.  Amazon does not do that.
  • Amazon has a bestseller book list is dependent on category and subcategory, which can sometimes give a reader the wrong impression (see this article).

When is the HWR Bestseller list updated?

Every Saturday. On weeks where Friday / Saturday is off, there maybe a delay. 

What are the various arrows and signs on this list?

This sign denotes the book is a new entrant in this list of bestselling books in India.

This arrow denotes the book has been consistent on this rank since last week.

This arrow denotes the book has fallen from its previous rank since last week.

This arrow denotes the book has ranked better from its previous rank since last week.

This arrow denotes the book has re-entered the list after a small gap of 1-2 weeks. 

Are free e-book downloads included in this list?

No. This list only covers sales of print books and does not include kindle / other eBook data. But you can join our Book Club for free e-book downloads of other books. 

Are free author copies included in this list?

No. This list only covers sales of print books and does not include kindle / other eBook data.

Are e-book sales included in this list?

No. This list only covers sales of print books and does not include kindle / other eBook data.

Note: Some publishers like Juggernaut Books sell their print books through their own app apart from other platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and physical stores. This list does not include the books sold through their app. It only includes titles sold through Amazon, Flipkart and other physical stories.

I am a writer/publisher and I feel my book deserves to be on this list. My book has sold more than X copies till now, but does not show up on this list. Whom do we approach to get it rectified?

This list includes data till the previous week. So, if your book has qualified to be a part of this in this week, it might take time to reflect in the list.

Are self publishing company sales included in this list? i.e. If I have published my book through Notion press, and have sold 500 copies from their website, is that counted for this bestseller list?

No. This list does not consider the website sales of self-publishing companies in it's retail panel. The retail panel is shared above.

Can I pay to be included in this list of bestselling books in India? 

No. This list is based on hard data of daily book sales across India. You cannot buy your way into this list, or manipulate this list by any way except by increasing sales of your print book in stores and online. 

I have paid to get the "bestseller tag" for my book on Amazon. Why not here?

The  Amazon bestseller tag is not just for books, but for any bestseller product of Amazon.  Even a very low-selling product can become an Amazon bestseller if it is in a narrow category or subcategory. Thus, that bestseller list can be gamed, as explained here

However, for the HWR list this  option does not exist.

What does a bestseller book in India mean?

A bestseller is a book which sells well. Now, the immediate question that comes to mind is - how much is enough to be considered 'selling well'? India does not have any specific "minimum sales" number for a book to qualify as a bestseller. 

We recommend you read these articles to understand how books become bestsellers in India:

If you are wondering how to sell your book in India to become a bestseller, you might find some answers on our blogpost How to sell your book in India.

Does HWR make any money if I buy a book from this page?

Yes, some of the book sales links are affiliate links. We earn a small percentage of such sales. 

For enquiries please email us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com or call/WA/Signal us at  +91 73035 16665 .