The Year in Review

  • Aparna Sharma, Managing Director, Dorling Kindersley India

    Hits and misses of 2013 DK had a very successful year globally, selling over 55 million books – from our fastest and biggest ever No 1, Grand Theft Auto V guide, to best-selling DK category killers in cookery, music and history as well as licensing products like Lego. The digital market hasn’t as yet taken [...]

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  • Chiki Sarkar, Publisher, Penguin India

    Hits and misses of 2013 Two books we bought and published very well – Devdutt Pattanaik’s Sita and Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott Clark’s The Siege: The Attack on the Taj. Sita has done better than Jaya (Devdutt’s earlier book) in initial sales, and its brilliant to be able to take a bestselling author and up [...]

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  • Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO, Westland

    Hits and misses of 2013 The biggest hit for us in 2013 was undoubtedly The Oath of The Vayuputras by Amish. It set new records in terms of sales and all three books remain at the very top even at the end of the year. Another book that is doing well for us is The [...]

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  • Geeta Dharmarajan, Founder, Katha

    Hits and misses of 2013 2013 was a year of lovely books and reprints. More than 120 of our children’s books have been recommended by CBSE and NCERT – almost one out of every two Katha books in print! Our children’s books once again got nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Prize, the world’s largest prize [...]

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  • Gita Wolf, Publisher, Tara Books

    Hits and misses of 2013 We took the decision of pulling out of our distribution arrangement in India, and to build up our own sales team to supply Indian retailers. We’re cautiously optimistic, and it seems to be paying off. On the minus side, our rights sales to many of our longstanding European partners dipped, [...]

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  • Kapil Kapoor & Priya Kapoor, Directors, Roli Books

    Hits and misses of 2013 The Mughals: Life, Art and Culture (exhibition catalogue for the show at IGNCA): we organized an exhibition in conjunction with the IGNCA & British Library on Mughal Art that is on till the 31st of December. This was to celebrate 35 years of Roli Books. It’s been a huge success [...]

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  • Kapish Mehra, Managing Director, Rupa Publications India

    Hits and misses of 2013 We had the good fortune of publishing Courage and Conviction, the autobiography of General V K Singh, India at Risk by Jaswant Singh, Milkha Singh’s autobiography, The Race of my Life, Lady you are not a Man by Apurva Purohit and Kalam’s My Journey. We also published memorable books in [...]

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  • M A Sikandar, Director, National Book Trust

    Hits and misses of 2013 The hits… Strengthening the distribution system and ERP modules in its operations Improvement in the quality of production of books Starting online sales of books The setting up of the India National Pavilion – for the first time – in the Frankfurt Book Fair to showcase Indian content. India Guest [...]

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  • Navin Menon, Editor, Children’s Book Trust

    Hits and misses The object of the Children’s Book Trust (CBT) is to publish children’s books that entertain, educate, and make growing up an exciting adventure. We rarely commission or make assignments to writers. The manuscripts are acquired through an all-India competition and the writers submit manuscripts based on topics listed in the rules. Over [...]

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  • P.M. Sukumar, CEO, HarperCollins India

    Hits and misses of 2013 The year gone by has been more of a ‘solid’ year, notable in that the books held their own in a crowded market, sold in good numbers and made a mark. And some, just out, might well go into the big numbers. 2013 began with the super success of Those [...]

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  • Radhika Menon, Publisher, Tulika Books

    Hits and misses of 2013 We really don’t have misses! That is because even as we take the decision we know which titles are going to be instant hits, which ones are going to be slower to become hits and which will not fall into the ‘hits’ category. The top sellers are picture books like [...]

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  • Rajdeep Mukherjee, Head, Pan Macmillan India

    Hits and misses of 2013 We have had several hits. I will name a couple from the fiction and non-fiction list: Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer; The Hit by David Baldacci; Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield; How Stella Saved The Farm by Vijay Govindrajan Moment/s of the year The extension [...]

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  • Rajiv Beri, Managing Director, Bloomsbury India

    Hits and misses of 2013 It’s been a wonderful first year. We started out in September last year and have had an outstanding year of publishing as well as signing up authors across our Trade and Business/Professional lists. In fiction and narrative non-fiction, Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed sold over 100,000 copies (and counting); [...]

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  • Sayoni Basu, Director & Primary Platypus, Duckbill

    Hits and misses of 2013 Hits for us were getting pretty much all the books we wanted, and the kind of feedback we got fairly consistently from the market. A great cheering-up factor was having two of the six books we submitted being shortlisted for the Crossword Children’s Book Award. Sales, however, continue to be disappointing, [...]

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  • Thomas Abraham, Managing Director, Hachette India

    Hits and misses of 2013 This was a rather grim year on the whole with so many stores closing. We had a sluggish first half of the year with just Gone Girl and the new Digital Age being the flyers. But we were lucky that the last four months saw some spectacular successes – John [...]

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  • Urvashi Butalia, Founder, Zubaan Books

    Hits and misses of 2013 Actually, it’s difficult for us to say what were the hits and misses, as we love all the books we do. But we’ve done some different things this year – a children’s book with stunning illustrations by a French illustrator, Joelle Jolivet, and text by Karthika Nair. The story is [...]

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