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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We are sorry to inform you that there will be a delay in the release of the reports for the week ending on May 13th due to a technical snag in the systems. We are sorry for the inconvenience and will update more on this soon.

HWR Bestselling Books in India: Top 50 Fiction books

Data for the week ending 7th May 2022

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

400 Days

Bhagat, Chetan

Romance & Sagas

2

One Arranged Murder

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

3

Bird With Golden Wings,The

Murty, Sudha

General & Literary Fiction

4

Something I Never Told You

Bhinder, Shravya

General & Literary Fiction

5

Silent Patient, The

Michaelides, Alex

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

6

Alchemist,The

Coelho, Paulo

General & Literary Fiction

7

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

Changle, Stuti

Romance & Sagas

8

To Kill A Mockingbird:60th Anniversary Edition

Lee, Harper

General & Literary Fiction

9

Girl in Room 105,The

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

10

On the Open Road (Author Signed Limited Edition):Three Lives. Five Cit

Changle, Stuti

General & Literary Fiction

11

Forty Rules of Love,The

Shafak, Elif

General & Literary Fiction

12

50 Greatest Short Stories

O'Brien, Terry

Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies

13

It Ends With Us

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

14

And Then There Were None:The World’s Favourite Agatha Christie Book

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

15

Over My Dead Body: William Warwick Novels

Archer, Jeffrey

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

16

Normal People: One million copies sold

Rooney, Sally

General & Literary Fiction

17

As a man thinketh

Allen, James

General & Literary Fiction

18

Wake Up, Life is Calling

Shenoy, Preeti

General & Literary Fiction

19

One Indian Girl

Bhagat, Chetan

General & Literary Fiction

20

* Also at # 13

It Ends with Us: A Novel Volume 1

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

21

Forest of Enchantments, The

Banerjee Divakaruni, Chitra

General & Literary Fiction

22

Man Called Ove,A

Backman, Fredrik

General & Literary Fiction

23

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,The:A Novel

Reid, Taylor Jenkins

General & Literary Fiction

24

Gentleman in Moscow,A

Towles, Amor

Historical & Mythological Fiction

25

Midnight Library, The

Haig, Matt

General & Literary Fiction

26

Tomb of Sand

Shree, Geetanjali

General & Literary Fiction

27

Hidden Hindu,The

Gupta, Akshat

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

28

Room On The Roof,The

Bond, Ruskin

Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies

29

Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

30

Angels And Demons

Brown, Dan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

31

That Night: Four Friends. Twenty Years. One Haunting Secret.

Upadhyay, Nidhi

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

32

The Girl in the Glass Case: Keep your girls safe. Boys safer.

Sardana, Devashish

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

33

Something I'm Waiting to Tell You

Bhinder, Shravya

General & Literary Fiction

34

Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set, The

Tolkien, J. R. R.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

35

Palace of Illusions, The

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee

General & Literary Fiction

36

Song of Achilles, The

Miller, Madeline

General & Literary Fiction

37

Can't Quarantine Our Love

Nagarkar, Sudeep

Romance & Sagas

38

Murder on the Orient Express: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

39

Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta:Ram Chandra

Tripathi, Amish

Historical & Mythological Fiction

40

Ora Kutayum Kunhupengalum

Varkey, Muttathu

General & Literary Fiction

41

*Also at # 38

Murder on the Orient Express: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

42

Aatujeevitham

Shereef, K.

General & Literary Fiction

43

After We Fell: The After Series

Todd, Anna

Romance & Sagas

44

Spanish Love Deception, The: TikTok made me buy it!

Armas, Elena

General & Literary Fiction

45

Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India

Book, Amish : An Immortal Writer's Centr

Historical & Mythological Fiction

46

Girl Who Knew Too Much,The:What If The Loved One You Lost Were To Come

Khanna, Vikrant & Khanna, Vikrant

General & Literary Fiction

47

Da Vinci Code, The

Brown, Dan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

48

Dune:1

Herbert, Frank

Science Fiction & Fantasy

49

Mother I Never Knew, The: Two Novellas

Murty, Sudha

General & Literary Fiction

50

All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr, Anthony

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 7th May  2022

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Do Epic Shit

Warikoo, Ankur

Self Improvement: General

2

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

Das, Gaur Gopal

Self Improvement: General

3

Psychology of Money, The

Clear, James

Popular Psychology

4

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

García, Héctor & Miralles, Francesc

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

5

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

Housel, Morgan

Popular Psychology

6

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the

Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Self Improvement: General

7

Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

Sadhguru

Religion: Comparative, General & Reference

8

Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck, The

Manson, Mark

Popular Psychology

9

Almanack Of Naval Ravikant,The:A Guide to Wealth and Happiness

Jorgenson, Eric

Self Improvement: General

10

Power of Your Subconscious Mind, The

Murphy, Joseph

Philosophy

11

How to Talk to Anyone

Lowndes, Leil

Popular Psychology

12

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

Keller, Jeff

Self Improvement: General

13

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Newport, Cal

Careers & Success

14

*Also at # 10

Power of Your Subconscious Mind, The

Murphy, Joseph

Popular Psychology

15

Three Thousand Stitches -:Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Murty, Sudha

Biography: General

16

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

Shetty, Jay

Popular Psychology

17

Intelligent Investor, The

Graham, Benjamin

Finance & Accounting

18

Inner Engineering:A Yogi's Guide to Joy

Sadhguru

Alternative Belief Systems

19

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

Sadhguru

Self Improvement: General

20

Tuesdays With Morrie: An old man, a young man, and life's greatest less

Albom, Mitch

Autobiography: General

21

* Also at # 14

Power of Your Subconscious Mind (PREMIUM PAPERBACK, PENGUIN INDIA),The

Murphy, Dr Joseph

Psychology: Professional & General

22

India that is Bharat: Coloniality, Civilisation, Constitution

Deepak, J Sai

Government & Constitution

23

Science of Mind Management, The

Mukundananda, Swami

Alternative Belief Systems

24

Bhagavad Gita

Mukundananda, Swami

Philosophy

25

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Harari, Yuval Noah

Popular Science

26

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

Tracy, Brian

Self Improvement: General

27

Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The

Sharma, Robin S.

Popular Psychology

28

Youth and Truth:Unplug with Sadhguru

Sadhguru

Self Improvement: General

29

Limitless: The Power of Unlocking Your True Potential

Gupta, Radhika

Autobiography: Business

30

Ikigai Journey,The

García, Héctor & Miralles, Francesc

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

31

Wise & Otherwise: A Salute to Life

Sudha, Murthy, & Murthy, Sudha

True Stories

32

Ignited Minds:Unleashing the power within India

Kalam, A P J Abdul

Social Studies: General

33

Start With Why: The Inspiring Million-Copy Bestseller That Will Help Yo

Sinek, Simon

Careers & Success

34

Main Maseeha Nahin

Iyer, Sonu Sood & Meena K

Autobiography: General

35

Secret, The

Byrne, Rhonda

Self Improvement: General

36

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Updated, The

Covey, Stephen R.

Self Improvement: General

37

Believe in Yourself

Murphy, Joseph

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

38

5 AM Club,The

Sharma, Robin

Self Improvement: General

39

Chemical Khichdi: How I Hacked My Mental Health

Raje, Aparna Piramal

Autobiography: General

40

Think and Grow Rich

Hill, Napoleon

Management Techniques

41

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Carnegie, Dale

Self Improvement: General

42

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Kiyosaki, Robert

Self Improvement: General

43

Aapke Avchetan Mann Ki Shakti

Murphy, Joseph

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

44

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kahneman, Daniel

Popular Psychology

45

Here, There and Everywhere

Murty, Sudha

Biography: General

46

Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck, The

Waite, A.E.

Astrology & Fortune-telling

47

Art of Bitfulness, The: Keeping Calm in the Digital World

Nilekani, Nandan & Bhojwani, Tanuj

Industrial Studies: General

48

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

Frankl, Viktor E

Popular Psychology

49

Courage To Be Disliked, The: How to free yourself, change your life and

Kishimi, Ichiro & Koga, Fumitake

History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy

50

Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential

Dweck, Dr. Carol

Popular Psychology

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 7th May 2022

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Grandma's Bag Of Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

2

Sage with Two Horns, The: Unusual Tales from Mythology

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

3

Grandparents' Bag of Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

4

My First Library of Learning: Box set, Complete collection of 10 early

India, Penguin

Pre-school & Early Learning

5

Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories,The

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

6

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot

Kinney, Jeff

Children's Fiction

7

Moral Stories for Children

N.A. 

Children's Fiction

8

How the Earth Got Its Beauty

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

9

Very Hungry Caterpillar, The

Carle, Eric

Picture Books

10

Magic Of The Lost Temple,The

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

11

All-Time Favourites for Children

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

12

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

Sudha, Murthy,

Children's Fiction

13

Blue Umbrella, The

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

14

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Rowling, J. K.

Children's Fiction

15

The Fault in Our Stars

Green, John

Children's Fiction

16

Upside-Down King, The: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

17

One Of Us Is Lying: TikTok made me buy it

McManus, Karen M.

Young Adult Fiction

18

Story Books Set of 10 in English with 101 Moral Stories from Inikao

N.A. 

Children's General Non-Fiction

19

Five On A Treasure Island: Book 1:Famous Five

Blyton, Enid

Children's Fiction

20

Kid Who Came From Space, The

Welford, Ross

Children's Fiction

21

Daughter from a Wishing Tree,The:Unusual Tales about Women in Mytholog

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

22

My First Picture Book of Numbers

N.A.

Pre-school & Early Learning

23

Malgudi Adventures:Classic Tales for Children

Narayan, R. K.

Children's Fiction

24

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

Kinney, Jeff

Children's Fiction

25

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Kinney, Jeff

Children's 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.  

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. 

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. 

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