Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi has emerged as India’s top-selling work of fiction of 2015, while Chetan Bhagat is India’s best-selling author of 2015, according to FlipTrends, a year ender report released by Flipkart. Interestingly, even Amazon has declared Scion of Ikshvaku as the most popular book of 2015 and is based on customer votes.
FlipTrends analyzed consumer buying preferences on the Flipkart e-commerce platform between January and December 2015 based on data from 50 million registered customers.
Bangalore was stated as India’s book capital with the highest number of book lovers in India. The city was followed by Delhi NCR and Kolkata.
All five best-selling books of 2015 feature Indian authors, while the four of the top five of India’s favorite writers are from India. Amish Tripathi’s 2015 release The Scion of Ikshvaku leads the pack, with Chetan Bhagat’s 2014 book Half Girlfriend closely following in second place. A surprising part of the best-selling books list is Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie.
India’s favourite writers list, according to FlipTrends, is based on total sales in 2015 of all the books written by an author. While Chetan Bhagat leads the way, books by APJ Abdul Kalam found wide readership across India.
Celebrity authors have also found place in the list. Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s The Great Indian Diet and Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs. Funnybones top the list of five nonfiction books of 2015. Avirook Sen’s Aarushi, takes the third position.