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 18th June 2022

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Alchemist, The

Coelho, Paulo

General & Literary Fiction

2

Tomb of Sand

Shree, Geetanjali

General & Literary Fiction

3

Magicians Of Mazda,The

Sanghi, Ashwin

Science Fiction & Fantasy

4

400 Days

Bhagat, Chetan

Romance & Sagas

5

It Ends with Us: A Novel volume 1:It Ends with Us

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

6

1984

Orwell, George

General & Literary Fiction

7

Complete Novel of Sherlock Holmes, The

Doyle, Arthur Conan

General & Literary Fiction

8

Silent Patient, The

Michaelides, Alex

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

9

As a man thinketh

Allen, James

General & Literary Fiction

10

Ret Samadhi

Shree, Geetanjali

General & Literary Fiction

11

Ghosts of the Silent Hills: Stories Based on True Hauntings

Krishan, Anita

Horror & Ghost Stories

12

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

Umakanthan, Saranya

Romance & Sagas

13

And Then There Were None

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

14

Ugly Love: A Novel

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

15

Pride & Prejudice

Austen, Jane

General & Literary Fiction

16

World's Greatest Classics

Fitzgerald, F. Scott & Wilde, Oscar

General & Literary Fiction

17

Something I Never Told You

Bhinder, Shravya

General & Literary Fiction

18

Girl in Room 105,The

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

19

Man Called Ove, A: Soon to be a major film starring Tom Hanks

Backman, Fredrik

General & Literary Fiction

20

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The: A Novel

Reid, Taylor Jenkins

General & Literary Fiction

21

Palace of Illusions, The

Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee

General & Literary Fiction

22

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

Changle, Stuti

General & Literary Fiction

23

To Kill A Mockingbird:60th Anniversary Edition

Lee, Harper

General & Literary Fiction

24

Metamorphosis

Kafka, Franz

General & Literary Fiction

25

One Arranged Murder

Bhagat, Chetan

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

26

Midnight Library, The

Haig, Matt

General & Literary Fiction

27

* Also at #5

It Ends With Us: The emotional #1 Sunday Times bestseller

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

28

Verity: The thriller that will capture your heart and blow your mind

Hoover, Colleen

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

29

Hidden Hindu,The:Science-Fiction meets Indian mythology in a nail biti

Gupta, Akshat

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

30

Over My Dead Body: William Warwick Novels

Archer, Jeffrey

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

31

Better Than Best Friends

Sadhu, Ahona

Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies

32

Kite Runner, The: Tenth anniversary edition

Hosseini, Khaled

General & Literary Fiction

33

Malgudi Days

Narayan, R. K.

Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies

34

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

Upadhyay, Nidhi

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

35

Wake Up, Life is Calling

Shenoy, Preeti

General & Literary Fiction

36

Girl with No Dreams, The

Gupta, Deepak

General & Literary Fiction

37

Forty Rules of Love, The

Shafak, Elif

General & Literary Fiction

38

Secret Garden, The

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

General & Literary Fiction

39

Room On The Roof, The

Bond, Ruskin

Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies

40

Touch of Eternity, A

Durjoy, Datta,

Romance & Sagas

41

Norwegian Wood

Murakami, Haruki

General & Literary Fiction

42

Forest of Enchantments, The

Banerjee Divakaruni, Chitra

General & Literary Fiction

43

Randitangazhi

Pillai, Thakazhi Sivasankara

General & Literary Fiction

44

Siddhartha

Hesse, Hermann

General & Literary Fiction

45

Crime and Punishment

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

General & Literary Fiction

46

Little Life, A

Yanagihara, Hanya

General & Literary Fiction

47

Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The: Poirot

Christie, Agatha

Crime, Thriller & Adventure

48

Anxious People: The No. 1 New York Times bestseller, now a Netflix TV S

Backman, Fredrik

General & Literary Fiction

49

November 9

Hoover, Colleen

Romance & Sagas

50

Gentleman in Moscow, A: The worldwide bestseller

Towles, Amor

Historical & Mythological 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 18th June 2022

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Psychology of Money, The

Clear, James

Popular Psychology

2

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

Housel, Morgan

Popular Psychology

3

Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

García, Héctor & Miralles, Francesc

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

4

Power of Your Subconscious Mind, The

Murphy, Joseph

Philosophy

5

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

Das, Gaur Gopal

Self Improvement: General

6

You Can

Adams, George Matthew

Self Improvement: General

7

Do Epic Shit

Warikoo, Ankur

Self Improvement: General

8

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

Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Self Improvement: General

9

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Carnegie, Dale

Self Improvement: General

10

Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck, The

Manson, Mark

Popular Psychology

11

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

Keller, Jeff

Self Improvement: General

12

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

Jorgenson, Eric

Self Improvement: General

13

* Also at #4

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

Murphy, Dr Joseph

Psychology: Professional & General

14

Socho Aur Ameer Ho Jayo

Hill, Napoleon

Careers & Success

15

Aapke Avchetan Mann Ki Shakti

Murphy, Joseph

Mind, Body & Spirit: General

16

Power of Thoughts, The

Mukundananda, Swami

Self Improvement: General

17

* Also at # 13

Power of Your Subconscious Mind, The

Murphy, Joseph

Popular Psychology

18

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Self Improvement: General

19

World's Greatest Books for Personal Growth & Wealth

N.A. 

Self Improvement: General

20

Power of a Positive Attitude, The: Your Road to Success

Fritz, Roger

Self Improvement: General

21

Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, The

Sharma, Robin

Popular Psychology

22

5 AM Club,The

Sharma, Robin

Self Improvement: General

23

Diary of a Young Girl, The

Frank, Anne

Autobiography: General

24

Think & Grow Rich

Hill, Napoleon

Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous

25

How to Win Friends & Influence People

Carnegie, Dale

Self Improvement: General

26

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

Shetty, Jay

Popular Psychology

27

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography

Tiwari, Arun & Abdul Kalam

Autobiography: General

28

Mindset: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential

Dweck, Dr Carol

Popular Psychology

29

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Newport, Cal

Careers & Success

30

How to Talk to Anyone

Lowndes, Leil

Popular Psychology

31

Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny

Sadhguru

Religion: Comparative, General & Reference

32

Be Your Own Sunshine

Allen, James

Self Improvement: General

33

Art of Management, The: Managing Yourself, Managing Your Team, Managing

Shivakumar, Shiv

Careers & Success

34

Three Thousand Stitches -:Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Murty, Sudha

Biography: General

35

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

Albom, Mitch

Autobiography: General

36

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

Hawking, Stephen

Encyclopedias & General Reference

37

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Harari, Yuval Noah

Popular Science

38

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kahneman, Daniel

Popular Psychology

39

Who Will Cry When You Die?

Sharma, Robin S.

Popular Psychology

40

Richest Man in Babylon,The

Clason, George S.

Money & Consumer Issues

41

Wise & Otherwise: A Salute to Life

Sudha, Murthy

True Stories

42

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

Masters, Blake & Thiel, Peter

Management & Business: General

43

THINK AND GROW RICH

Hill, Napoleon

Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous

44

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

Sadhguru

Self Improvement: General

45

Autobiography of a Yogi

Yogananda, Paramahansa

Biography: General

46

Beauty Unbottled: Timeless Ayurvedic Rituals & Recipes

Khosa, Kavita

Fashion & Beauty

47

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

Kishimi, Ichiro & Koga, Fumitake

History of Ideas & Popular Philosophy

48

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

Frankl, Viktor E

Popular Psychology

49

How To Live Your Life

Bond, Ruskin

Self Improvement: General

50

Rahasya / The Secret

Byrne, Rhonda

Mind, Body & Spirit: 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 18th June 2022

Rank

Status

Name of the Book

Author

Genre

1

Grandma's Bag Of Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

2

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

N.A. 

Pre-school & Early Learning

3

My First Mythology Tale: Mahabharata, Krishna, Hanuman, Ganesha, Ramayana

N.A. 

Children's General Non-Fiction

4

Magic Of The Lost Temple,The

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

5

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Rowling, J. K.

Children's Fiction

6

Best of Children's Classics

N.A. 

Children's Fiction

7

Brain Activity Book for Kids

N.A.

Pre-school & Early Learning

8

108 Panchatantra Stories

N.A. 

Children's Fiction

9

101 Tales the Great Panchatantra Collection

N.A.

Children's Fiction

10

Grandparents' Bag of Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

11

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot

Kinney, Jeff

Children's Fiction

12

101 Panchatantra Stories

Sharma, Vishnu

Children's Fiction

13

Brain Games For Clever Kids®:Buster Brain Games

Moore, Gareth

Children's General Interest & Leisure

14

Ruskin Bond

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

15

Great Stories for Children

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

16

Girl Who Drank the Moon, The

Barnhill, Kelly

Children's Fiction

17

Moral Stories for Children

N.A. 

Children's Fiction

18

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Rowling, J. K.

Children's Fiction

19

101 Panchatantra Stories

N.A. 

Children's Fiction

20

Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories

Murty, Sudha

Children's Fiction

21

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

Sudha, Murthy,

Children's Fiction

22

Ruskin Bond: The Blue Umbrella

N.A. 

Children's Comic Strip Fiction & Graphic Novels

23

Blue Umbrella, The

Bond, Ruskin

Children's Fiction

24

101 Brain Booster

N.A. 

Novelty & Activity Books

25

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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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