We are a part of Penguin Random House, the world’s leading trade publisher.
In India, we are the largest trade publisher in English and have grown to become one of the most recognized names in publishing. Since 2018, we have also been publishing in Hindi and other languages, such as Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Urdu. Along with books for adults and children, we also have a rich collection of audiobooks and e-books, and many of our stories have been adapted into films and web series.
We have discovered and published some of the greatest writers of our times and given readers some of the most iconic and memorable books, including three Booker Prize-winning novels: The God of Small Things, The Inheritance of Loss and Life of Pi. Some of India’s favourite and legendary writers have published with Penguin and gone on to win virtually every major literary prize, including the Nobel Prize, the Booker Prize, the Magsaysay Award, the Jnanpith Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Penguin authors have also been recipients of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s highest civilian honours.
Penguin came to India in 1985 and began publishing in 1987 with only six books. Cut to 2020, we are now thirty-five years young in the region, publishing over 250 new titles every year with an active backlist of over 3000 titles.
Since our inception, it has been our commitment to uphold and add to the rich literary legacy of our country. With Penguin Classics, we expanded our portfolio to include books across genres. Today, we are known for our selection of modern fiction, as well as narrative non-fiction, including biography, travel, business, politics, history, religion and philosophy, lifestyle, cookery, health and fitness, sports and leisure, and illustrated and children’s books.
In 2007, we launched the Penguin Annual Lecture, which is one of the most prestigious and eagerly awaited cultural events each year. The annual lecture series has featured some of the world’s most respected leaders, thinkers and writers. It is a one-of-its-kind lecture series organized by a publishing house in India.