7 Top Traditional Publishers in India
Aspiring authors often get confused when they want to choose a publishing company to get their book out into the world. It is challenging to select one from established traditional publishers and self-publishing companies.
The Association of Publishers in India has a list of almost 9037 publishers in the country. With the industry thriving with innumerable options, how do you make a choice? We have curated a list of prominent traditional publishers in the country, which will help you make an informed choice, and successfully publish your book in India.
List of traditional publishers
They are a part of Penguin Random House, which is one of the world’s largest publishers. It was started in India in the year 1985 and is the largest trade publisher in English in the country. They are also publishing in other Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam, etc.
The critically acclaimed titles published by them include God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. They have also published books written by renowned personalities like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Shashi Tharoor, Ruskin Bond, and new-age authors like Durjoy Datta, Novonel Chakraborty, etc.
Genres: Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s books, Poetry, Biographies & Current affairs, Cookbooks, Photography books, etc. They don’t publish textbooks, technical and scientific research studies/monographs, and medical books.
It was started in the year 1991 and is one of the largest educational and entertainment publishers. They have published books of popular personalities like Raghuram Rajan, Anuja Chauhan, Ravi Subramanian, etc.
The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga is one of the critically acclaimed books published by them.
Genres: They are currently accepting work in English across genres, including fiction and non-fiction (adult and children’s), biography, current affairs, and self-help.
Pan Macmillan is a part of Macmillan Publishers, a global trade publishing group. It was set up in the year 1998. They accept manuscripts that have a strong connection to India or the Indian subcontinent. They cover various sub-genres under fiction and non-fiction genres and reference publishing.
The company has now added Pan and Macmillan, two new imprints to cover its local commercial fiction and non-fiction publishing. They have published books of renowned authors like Ramachandra Guha, Kunal Basu, and Amitava Kumar.
Genres: They publish sub-genres of fiction including, modern contemporary fiction, horror, historical fiction, thrillers. They also publish General and narrative non-fiction including, self-help, current affairs, sports, fitness and diet, business and management, family and health, popular philosophy, anthologies, travel writing, cultural studies, literary essays, and social sciences. They don’t publish school and college textbooks.
It was established in the year 1946 and the first publisher of paperback books in the English language. It was initially started as a book distribution company.
They have published books of renowned authors like Robin Sharma, Osho, Devadutt Patnaik, etc. They also have a translation division that translates English books into nine Indian languages.
Genres: They publish books in genres like self-help, religion and philosophy, mind/body/spirit, and business titles. It also publishes travel, current affairs, biography, and popular science books.
It is one of India’s largest book publishers and distributors and was formerly known as Rupa & Co. It was started in the year 1936. They publish a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books.
They have published distinguished authors like R.K.Narayan, Ruskin Bond, Pranab Mukherjee, and new-age authors like Chetan Bhagat, Anuj Tiwari, etc.
Genres: They publish various sub-genres of Fiction and Non-fiction including, Art and Culture, Astrology, Biographies and Memoirs, Business, Investing and Management, Cinema, Cookery, Current Affairs, Mythology, Health and Fitness, History, Humour, Media, Parenting.
It is the division of Hachette UK that was launched in the year 2009. They publish literary, general, and commercial fiction.
Successful titles at the house are ‘Turbulence’ by Samit Basu, ‘Durbar’ by Tavleen Singh and Amit Varma’s ‘My Friend Sancho.’
Genres: They publish books under sub-genres of fiction and non-fiction including Mysteries, Classics, Comic Strip, Commercial Fiction, Contemporary Literature, Cultural Studies, Current Affairs, Dictionaries, DIY and Craft, Fashion, Films, Theatre, Health and Fitness, History, and Photography,
It was started in the year 2006 to create a unique set of books that promises a good reading experience. It provides a platform for first-time authors to get their book out into the reading world.
The current bestselling titles are published by them and includes authors like Preeti Shenoy, Durjoy Dutta, Ravinder Singh, Sudeep Nagarkar, etc.,
Genres: They publish fiction, and general non-fiction works in the English language. They specialize in publishing books in genres as diverse as Astrology, Biography, Children’s Literature, Culture, Health, Fiction, Management, Philosophy, Plays, Self-Help, Translations, among various others.