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 9th October 2021

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

400 Days

Bhagat, Chetan

Romance & Sagas

2

Alchemist,The

Coelho, Paulo

General & Literary Fiction

3

One Arranged Murder

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

4

Life is What You Make it

Shenoy, Preeti

General & Literary Fiction

5

Silent Patient, The

Michaelides, Alex

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

6

To Kill A Mockingbird:60th Anniversary Edition

Lee, Harper

General & Literary Fiction

7

Pride & Prejudice

Austen, Jane

General & Literary Fiction

8

Complete Novel of Sherlock Holmes, The

Doyle, Arthur Conan

General & Literary Fiction

9

Girl in Room 105,The

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

10

And Then There Were None

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

11

Bird With Golden Wings, The

Murty, Sudha

General & Literary Fiction

12

Dark Matter

Crouch, Blake

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

13

One Indian Girl

Bhagat, Chetan

General & Literary Fiction

14

Train To Pakistan

Singh, Khushwant

General & Literary Fiction

15

Namesake, The

Lahiri, Jhumpa

General & Literary Fiction

16

All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr, Anthony

General & Literary Fiction

17

Man Called Ove, A

Backman, Fredrik

General & Literary Fiction

18

Time Machine, The

Kafka, Franz

General & Literary Fiction

19

Everything I Never Told You

Pandey, Ajay K.

Romance & Sagas

20

Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta: Ram Chandra

Tripathi, Amish

Historical & Mythological Fiction

21

Wake Up, Life is Calling

Shenoy, Preeti

General & Literary Fiction

22

Forty Rules of Love, The

Shafak, Elif

General & Literary Fiction

23

1984

Orwell, George

General & Literary Fiction

24

Wish I Could Tell You

Datta, Durjoy

General & Literary Fiction

25

Girl in the Red Lipstick, The

K.Pandey, Ajay

Romance & Sagas

26

Palace of Illusions,The

Banerjee Divakaruni, Chitra

General & Literary Fiction

27

Kite Runner, The: Tenth anniversary edition

Hosseini, Khaled

General & Literary Fiction

28

Room On The Roof, The

Bond, Ruskin

Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies

29

Murder on the Orient Express: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

30

Write Me A Love Story

Singh, Ravinder

Romance & Sagas

31

Metamorphosis

Kafka, Franz

General & Literary Fiction

32

Her Last Wish

Pandey, Ajay K.

Romance & Sagas

33

Tales From My Heart

Bond, Ruskin

General & Literary Fiction

34

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

Upadhyay, Nidhi

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

35

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

Yanagihara, Hanya

General & Literary Fiction

36

Immortals of Meluha, The: The Shiva Trilogy

Tripathi, Amish

Historical & Mythological Fiction

37

Da Vinci Code, The

Brown, Dan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

38

Alchemist

Coelho, Paulo & Soni, Madan

General & Literary Fiction

39

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

Changle, Stuti

General & Literary Fiction

40

Midnight Library, The

Haig, Matt

General & Literary Fiction

41

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Honeyman, Gail

General & Literary Fiction

42

It Ends with Us

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

43

Death on the Nile: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

44

Murder of Roger Ackroyd,The:Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

45

Woman in the Window, The

Finn, A. J.

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

46

God of Small Things, The

Roy, Arundhati

General & Literary Fiction

47

Secret Garden, The

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

General & Literary Fiction

48

Guest List, The

Foley, Lucy

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

49

Dune: Dune

Herbert, Frank

Science Fiction & Fantasy

50

Touch of Eternity, A

Durjoy, Datta,

Romance & Sagas

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 9th October 2021

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Psychology of Money, The

Housel, Morgan

Money & Consumer Issues

2

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

García, Héctor & Miralles, Francesc

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

3

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

Clear, James

Popular Psychology

4

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Money & Consumer Issues

5

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

N.A.

Self Improvement: General

6

My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future (With a special Epilogue

Nooyi, Indra K.

Autobiography: General

7

Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck, The

Manson, Mark

Popular Psychology

8

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

Das, Gaur Gopal

Self Improvement: General

9

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

Frankl, Viktor E

Popular Psychology

10

Intelligent Investor, The

Graham, Benjamin

Finance & Accounting

11

Think and Grow Rich

Hill, Napoleon

Self Improvement: General

12

Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The

Sharma, Robin S.

Self Improvement: General

13

Time Management

Dixit, Sudhir

Self Improvement: General

14

Story of My Experiments with Truth, The: An Autobiography

Gandhi, M. K.

Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military

15

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Harari, Yuval Noah

Popular Science

16

Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

Sadhguru

Religion: Comparative, General & Reference

17

Three Thousand Stitches -:Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Murty, Sudha

Biography: General

18

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

Shetty, Jay

Popular Psychology

19

Richest Man in Babylon, The

Clason, George S.

Money & Consumer Issues

20

Power of Your Subconscious Mind, The

Murphy, Joseph

Philosophy

21

Who Will Cry When You Die?

Sharma, Robin S.

Popular Psychology

22

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Self Improvement: General

23

Believe in Yourself

Murphy, Joseph

Self Improvement: General

24

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

Sadhguru

Self Improvement: General

25

Everyday Hero Manifesto, The

Sharma, Robin

Self Improvement: General

26

5 AM Club, The

Sharma, Robin

Self Improvement: General

27

Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy

Sadhguru

Alternative Belief Systems

28

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography

Tiwari, Arun & Abdul Kalam

Autobiography: General

29

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Carnegie, Dale

Self Improvement: General

30

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

Tracy, Brian

Self Improvement: General

31

Wuthering Heights

Bronte, Emily

Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous

32

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

Hawking, Stephen

Encyclopedias & General Reference

33

Why I am an Atheist and Other Works

Singh, Bhagat

Autobiography: General

34

Coffee Can Investing::The Low Risk Road to Stupendous Wealth

Mukherjea, Saurabh

Economics: Professional & General

35

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Carnegie, Dale

Coping with Problems & Illness

36

*Also at rank # 20

Power of Your Subconscious Mind, The

Murphy, Joseph

Psychology: Professional & General

37

How to Talk to Anyone

Lowndes, Leil

Careers & Success

38

Wise & Otherwise: A Salute to Life

Sudha, Murthy

True Stories

39

Eternal Echoes: A Book of Poems: 1994-2021, From the New York Times bes

Sadhguru

Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous

40

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

Jorgenson, Eric

Self Improvement: General

41

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kahneman, Daniel

Popular Psychology

42

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Newport, Cal

Careers & Success

43

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

Masters, Blake & Thiel, Peter

Management & Business: General

44

* Also at Rank # 29

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Carnegie, Dale

Self Improvement: General

45

Aapke Avchetan Mann Ki Shakti

Murphy, Joseph

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

46

Rudest Book Ever, The

Gangwar, Shwetabh

Self Improvement: General

47

Sawal Hi Jawab Hain

Pease, Allan

Self Improvement: General

48

Inner Engineering (Hindi):A Yogi's Guide to Joy

Sadhguru

Alternative Belief Systems

49

Diamonds in the Dust: Consistent Compounding for Extraordinary Wealth Creation

Mukherjea, Saurabh & Ranjan, Rakshit & D

Finance & Accounting

50

Autobiography of a Yogi

Yogananda, Paramahansa

Biography: 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 9th  October 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

Magic Of The Lost Temple, The

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

4

Blue Umbrella, The

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

5

Peppa Pig: Little Library:Peppa Pig

N.A.

Picture Books

6

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

7

Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories, The

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

8

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

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

9

Grandparents' Bag of Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

10

101 Brain Booster

N.A.

Novelty & Activity Books

11

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

12

101 Panchatantra Stories

N.A.

Children Fiction

13

Book Thief, The

Zusak, Markus

Young Adult Fiction

14

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

15

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

Sudha, Murthy,

Children's Fiction

16

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

17

Kid Who Came From Space, The

Welford, Ross

Children's Fiction

18

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

Kinney, Jeff

Children's Fiction

19

Brain Games For Clever Kids®:Buster Brain Games

Moore, Gareth

Children's General Interest & Leisure

20

Essential Collection for Young Readers, The

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

21

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

22

Five On A Treasure Island: Book 1 : Famous Five

Blyton, Enid

Children's Fiction

23

Very Hungry Caterpillar, The

Carle, Eric

Picture Books

24

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rowling, J.K.

Children's Fiction

25

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Rowling, J.K.

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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