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Penguin India

Penguin Books India is the largest and arguably the best known English-language trade publisher in the subcontinent. Founded in 1985, Penguin India began publishing in October 1987 with six titles. Today, the company publishes over 150 new titles every year. At any given time, it has over 1000 titles in print, which reflect fully the diversity and range of its publishing list.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 17:08 IST

Penguin Books India is the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent. Headquartered in New Delhi, the company’s commercial activity includes the publishing of its own books in the English language and the distribution of books from overseas publishers including the Penguin Group, Time Warner Books Group UK, Faber & Faber, BBC (adult) Books and Bloomsbury.

These imports which include favourite reading brands like the Penguin Classics, Penguin Popular Classics, Faber Poetry and Drama, Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Roald Dahl, Wodehouse, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Tony Buzan, Calvin & Hobbes, Nelson Demille, Robert Jordan, Margaret Atwood, Daphne Du Maurier, PD James, Patricia Cornwell to name just a few are all brought to the Indian reader at specially reduced prices.

Founded in 1985, Penguin began publishing in October 1987 with seven titles. Today, the company publishes over 200 titles every year and has an active backlist of over 750 titles.

Among the significant titles published by Penguin India are William Dalrymple’s White Mughals, published in November 2002, Vikram Seth’s magnum opus A Suitable Boy, (Penguin India is the only publisher anywhere in the world to publish all of Vikram Seth’s titles), A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s India 2020 and the 100,000 copy seller Ignited Minds, Arundhati Roy’s Booker winner The God of Small Things (which has sold over 20,000 copies in its Penguin edition alone, and over 150,000 in all its Indian editions) and The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Gita Piramal’s classic Business Maharajas, Bipan Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence, which has become a standard college text for history students, Mark Tully’s No Full Stops in India, Maneka Gandhi’s essential reference Hindu Names, the bestselling translation of Taslima Nasrin’s Lajja: Shame, Khushwant Singh’s Delhi: A Novel, Shobhaa De’s Starry Nights (each of De’s ten titles has sold over 10,000 copies), Shashi Tharoor’s The Great Indian Novel, Romila Thapar’s Penguin History of Early India, Gurcharan Das’s India Unbound, Sudhir Kakar’s Intimate Relations, Vikram Chandra’s Love and Longing in Bombay, Upamanyu Chatterjee’s English, August, India’s best loved children’s author Ruskin Bond’s The Room on the Roof, Satyajit Ray’s Stranger: Stories, Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas, Yann Martel’s Booker winner Life of Pi, R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi Schooldays and The Best of Laxman, R.K. Laxman’s collections of Common Man cartoons.


Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Vikram Seth

An Equal Music

Upamanyu Chatterjee

The Mammaries of the Welfare State

Bipan Chandra

India's Struggle for Independence

P Sainath

Everybody Loves a Good Drought

Khushwant Singh

Truth, Love and a Little Malice

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

India 2020

Penguin India also publishes leading writers from other parts of the subcontinent including Carl Muller, Bapsi Sidhwa, Romesh Gunesekera, Shyam Selvadurai and Tehmina Durrani, Uzma Aslam Khan to name a few.

Known for its strong fiction and narrative non-fiction list, Penguin India has published across virtually every segment including self-help, cookery, reference & quizzing, biography, travel, picture books, business, politics, history, health & fitness, religion & philosophy to sports and leisure.

Penguin’s biggest publishing initiative in the recent past is the relaunch of Puffin, its children’s imprint in 2002. The Puffin list is characterized by writing from the best fiction and non-fiction authors, stunning illustrations by the leading artists in the country, and production quality that meets the highest international standards. Since its relaunch, Puffin has published over 40 titles in India, which have met with a tremendous response, several of these titles becoming bestsellers.

Following the success of Puffin, Penguin India began publishing Indian stories in Ladybird’s internationally bestselling Favorite Tales series in September 2003. This was the first time that Ladybird books were published outside the UK. The Indian Ladybirds have met with great success, extending the brand to hitherto untapped segments of the market.


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First Published: Jan 30, 2006 17:08 IST