Boom Time, Baby

Chiki Sarkar, Editor, Random House India, opines that English Language publishing in India has come of age.

Extracted below are a couple of interesting facts:

India is currently the third-largest publisher of English language books in the world after the US and the UK in terms of volume. There are over 17,000 publishers in India who either publish trade (ie, books for the general audience) or academic books. It is estimated that over half of these publishers are in English-language publishing. The entry of Bookscan will help this industry to mature further by providing proper data about the books published in India – although I should mention that Bookscan at the moment only covers the major book chains, circumventing the small bookshops across the country out of which you get a vast amount of sales.

According to the publisher (Rupa & Co), the last Chetan Bhagat title, 2 States, the Story of My Marriage, sold about 500,000 copies in its first year; Rujuta Diwekar’s first diet book, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight has sold about 200,000 copies in total, and the new one too is flying off the shelves. Payal Gidwani Tiwari’s yoga book has sold more than 40,000 copies in four months.