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Publisher Profile: Penguin-Random House India

Posted by Ray McLennan on 13-Feb-2018 14:13:58

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Penguin Books of India, a subsidiary of the Penguin-Random House group based in New York, is this year celebrating 30 years as an independent publisher of Indian authors and titles. It is one of the best recognised Indian publishing companies, each year showcasing hundreds of well-known and up-and-coming authors from India itself and the Indian diaspora.

Company Background

Penguin Random House is a huge international publishing group, formed in 2013 after the merger of American-German Random House and the British Penguin Group. Globally the group publishes over 15,000 new books under 250 imprints. Penguin Books India is one of 16 national divisions, each of which enjoys complete publishing autonomy within the wider Penguin brand. Other regional divisions include Uruguay, South Africa, Spain, UK, New Zealand, Canada and others.

Book Genres & Categories

Penguin Books India publish a range of primarily fictional titles for adults and children, also including a number of biographies, mythological books and non-fiction titles. Publications include many books by well-known Indian authors, as well as by Western authors popular in India. Most Penguin books are published in English, although there is also a dedicated Indian language division, publishing translated titles and original books in Hindi.

Noteworthy Titles & Authors

As befits a publisher of its status, Penguin Books India includes all the bestselling Indian authors on its roster, including internationally recognised writers like Arundhati Roy and Devdutt Pattanaik. Indian celebrity authors are also prominent, such as television personality Karan Johar, who published his biography An Unsuitable Boy with Penguin last year, and Soha Ali Khan, whose Bollywood kiss-and-tell The Perils of Being Moderately Famous is one of the company’s current bestsellers.

Other bestselling books from 2017 include:

  • The Man From The Egg by Sudha Murty
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
  • Miss Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna
  • Train To Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
  • Wild In The Backyard by Arefa Tehsin

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