Penguin Books India is releasing its first set of eBooks. This will be the first extensive list of Indian ebooks to be published internationally by an Indian publisher and will be available from all the major international ebook retailers – Amazon, Apple, Kobo and Google, Gardners, Sony, OLF, Apabi, Go Spoken/Mobcast, OverDrive, Txtr, Ebooks.com, IGroup and Baker & Taylor.
The first list of over 240 titles consists of all of their new books published in 2012 and select best sellers from the backlist. Over the course of the following months they will continue to publish the remaining backlist while publishing their front list simultaneously in both print and ebook editions. By the end of the year Penguin India will have the largest digital catalogue of Indian ebooks to be available on sale.
Penguin India ebooks will be priced according to respective geographies and the full list of their ebooks will go on sale in India at local prices when the ebook industry develops further here. Right now, readers in India will be able to purchase ebooks from any of the retailers listed above at international prices.
Penguin India has a cross-platform mobile app, available on Apple, Android, Blackberry and Nokia, a redesigned, and a revamped and upgraded website. Additionally, Penguin India’s presence across social media has made them one of the most followed and liked publishers online.
Founded in 1985, Penguin Books India is one of the largest English language trade publishers in the subcontinent. Headquartered in New Delhi, the company’s commercial activity includes the publishing of its own books in the English language as well as in Hindi, and the distribution of books of publishers including the Penguin Group, A&C Black, Atlantic Books, Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber, Granta, Hay House, Icon, Kyle Cathie, Marshall Cavendish, Mira, Quercus, Sterling Publishing and Zubaan. Known for its fiction and narrative non-fiction list, Penguin India publishes across virtually every segment.
Penguin’s biggest publishing initiatives in the recent past include the launch of its Indian Language Publishing programme in 2005; Portfolio, its business books imprint, in 2006; Allen Lane, the imprint of ideas, and Penguin Studio, a dedicated imprint for visual books, in 2008; Hamish Hamilton, the imprint for literary fiction and non-fiction, in 2009; Metro Reads and Penguin Ananda, the MindBodySpirit imprint, in 2010; and Puffin Young Adult in 2011. Penguin publishes its children’s titles under the Puffin imprint.