Penguin Books India is the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent. Founded in 1985, Penguin India began publishing in October 1987 with six books. Celebrating its twenty-fifth year in 2012, the company now publishes more than 250 new titles every year and has an active backlist of over 3000 titles. Known for its strong fiction and narrative non-fiction list, Penguin India publishes across virtually every segment including biography, travel, business, politics, history, religion and philosophy, lifestyle, cookery, health and fitness, sports and leisure, visual books and children's books.
Apart from English, Penguin India also publishes in Hindi, and its books are available in several Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Urdu from local language publishers.
Penguin India is also the exclusive distributor partner in the region for books published by several leading publishing houses, including the Penguin Group, A&C Black, Atlantic Books, Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber, Granta, Hay House, Icon, Kyle Cathie, Marshall Cavendish, Mira, Quercus, Sterling, Constable & Robinson, Oneworld and Zubaan.
Penguin India's author list reads like a who's who of Indian writing. Featuring no less than three Booker Prize winning novels (The God of Small Things, The Inheritance of Loss and Life of Pi) and authors have won virtually every major literary prize, including the Nobel Prize, the Magsaysay Award, the Jnanpith Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize; several of Penguin's authors are also recipients of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, India's highest civilian honours.
Penguin India's biggest publishing initiatives in the recent past include the launch of its Indian Language Publishing programme in 2005 and the launch of Portfolio, its dedicated business books imprint, in 2006. In 2008 Penguin launched the non-fiction imprint Allen Lane-the imprint of ideas-in India, as well as the Penguin Studio imprint which publishes high-quality illustrated books. This was followed by the launch of Penguin's cutting-edge literary imprint Hamish Hamilton in 2009, of Ananda, its MindBodySpirit imprint, in 2010, and its mass market fiction imprint Metro Reads and its Young Adult imprint in 2011. Penguin India publishes its children's titles under the Puffin, Dorling Kindersley and Ladybird imprints; it was the first Group company to publish Ladybird books outside the UK.
Penguin India has the strongest online presence of any Indian publisher, with a very strong following on social networking sites and on its website. It launched the Penguin App for smartphones in 2011, and also began publishing audio books. Its e-book publishing is set to roll out in 2012.
Penguin India has the highest recall value among readers and booklovers in India; its books outnumber all others consistently in the weekly bestseller list published by AC Nielsen. Penguin India is well also organizes the prestigious Penguin Annual Lecture (the only lecture of its kind sponsored by a publisher in India) and hosts a ten-day-long open air library and literary festival called Spring Fever every year. It has a host of activities planned for its twenty-fifth year, including the launch of an exciting range of collectible and merchandise.