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Best Book Publishing Companies in India

A comprehensive directory of the best publishers in 2024, vetted by the team at Reedsy. Showing 29 publishers.

Pratham Books

Picture Book, Middle Grade, Children's

Location - Bangalore, IN

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - https://prathambooks.org/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Ammachi's Incredible Investigation

Vinayak Varma

Your Body is Yours

Yamini Vijayan

Tine and the Faraway Mountain

Shikha Tripathi

Aleph Book Company

Art, Photography, Business, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Literary Fiction, Self-Help, Sports & Outdoors, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Short Story

Location - New Delhi, IN

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Website - https://www.alephbookcompany.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

Asia Reborn

Prasenjit K. Basu

The Wildings

Nilanjana Roy

The Book of Indian Ghosts

Riksundar Banerjee

Pirates

Middle Grade, Picture Book, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Self-Help, Children's, Fiction

Location - New Delhi, IN

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Book proposals & queries - Submit here

Website - https://www.pirates.ind.in/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Two Sides of a Coin

Jay Joshi

1000 Kilograms of Goa

Rohan Govenkar

The Seal of Surya

Amritanshu Pandey

Roli Books

Architecture, Art, Photography, Romance, Thriller & Suspense, Fantasy, Horror, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Self-Help, Religion & Spirituality, Business, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Politics, Fiction, Nonfiction

Location - New Delhi, IN

Size - Small press

Formats - , Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries & book proposals - Submit here

Website - http://rolibooks.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Gandhi In The Gallery

Sumathi Ramaswamy

The Last Gathering

Ather Farouqui

The Lost Fragrance of Infinity

Moin Mir

Mehta Publishing House

Self-Help, Math & Science, Health & Wellbeing, Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction

Location - Mumbai, IN

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here

Website - https://www.mehtapublishinghouse.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

A Quiver Full of Arrows

Leena Sohoni

Shivputra Rajaram

Pramila Jarag

Sakshi

S. L. Bhyrappa

Anthem Books

Academic, Business, Art, Politics, Math & Science, Nonfiction

Location - New Delhi, IN

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here

Website - https://www.anthempress.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Sustainability Is the New Advantage

Peter McAteer

Athletic CEOs

Stanislav Shekshnia et al

The Art of Startups

Edoardo Maggini

Srishti Publishing

Picture Book, Middle Grade, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Business, Humor, Health & Wellbeing, Politics, Self-Help, Travel, Fantasy, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's

Location - New Delhi, IN

Size - Small press

Formats - , Physical Books, Ebooks

Submission format - Book proposals - Submit here

Website - https://srishtipublishers.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

Life is What You Make It

Preeti Shenoy

You Are My Reason to Smile

Arpit Vageria

The One From the Stars

Keshav Aneel

Penguin Random House India

Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Horror, Action & Adventure, Self-Help, Historical Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Mystery & Crime, History, Business, Travel, Women's Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Architecture, Art, Cookbook, Humor, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's, Poetry, Short Story

Location - New Delhi, IN

Size - Largest

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Website - https://penguin.co.in/

💥 Hit titles

Azadi

Arundhati Roy

In an Antique Land

Amitav Ghosh

Sach Kahun Toh

Neena Gupta

Leadstart India

Business, Politics, History, Self-Help, Health & Wellbeing, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Sports & Outdoors, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's, Poetry

Location - Mumbai, IN

Size - Mid size

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks, Audiobooks

Submission format - Manuscript entries - Submit here

Website - https://www.leadstartcorp.com/

☑️ Indie publisher

☑️ Accepts submissions

💥 Hit titles

A Bend in the River of Life

Marianne Furtado de Nazareth

Aqson

Sreejib

A Street Puppy's Guide to Indian Religious Wisdom

Hari Haran

Grey Oak Publishing

Romance, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction

Location - Bangalore, IN

Size - Small press

Formats - Physical Books, Ebooks

Website - http://www.greyoak.in/

☑️ Indie publisher

💥 Hit titles

First Collection: Snapshots of Contemporary India

Paritosh Uttam

Down the Road

Ahmed Faiyez & Rohini Kejriwal

The Newsroom Mafia

Oswald Pereira

What do book publishers do?

Sure, a book publisher prints and sells your book. But what they do behind the scenes encompasses much more than that. Publishers handle the entire publishing process for books, including: 

  • Editing the book, i.e. developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading; 
  • Designing the book, i.e. book cover design and any necessary interior book design;
  • Promotion and marketing, i.e. writing the book’s blurb, email marketing, setting up media interviews, etc.; and
  • Production and distribution, i.e. formatting and distributing hardback, paperback, and ebook versions of the book to stores, both online and brick-and-mortar. 

Note that the structure of publishing companies may differ, depending on their size. Bigger book publishers may be made up of publishing houses which may, in turn, be made up of imprints — each of which will have its own brand identity in terms of the type of books it publishes. 

However, regardless of a publisher’s size, the scope of their work shouldn’t change. Once you sign with a publisher, they will do everything that it takes to bring your book to market. 

What are the most prominent book publishing companies?

If we define success by sheer sales volume, then we might point towards the "Big 5" presses and educational publishers (who rake in a LOT of money). Over the past few decades, these giant publishing companies have merged with and acquired most of the mid-sized publishers in the industry. However, a few still remain. Here are today's biggest book publishing companies:

  • Penguin Random House (Big 5)
  • Hachette Book Group (Big 5)
  • HarperCollins (Big 5)
  • Macmillan Publishers (Big 5)
  • Simon & Schuster (Big 5)
  • Scholastic Corporation
  • Pearson Education
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Cengage Learning

Together, these largest publishers dominate the publishing landscape. Countless beloved books come from their imprints, many of which you’ll find in our directory. 

The rest of the publishing landscape is largely made up of small publishers, or independent publishers. Most big publishers don’t directly accept unsolicited submissions without a literary agent — but smaller publishers do, making them a realistic and worthwhile route to publication. 

I have a long list of publishers. What next?

Congratulations! Now take a moment to thoroughly vet every publisher on your longlist. Scams are a dime a dozen in the publishing industry, and you want to make 100% sure that you’re dealing with a legitimate publishing company. Again, we strongly recommend reading this post and Writer Beware to know what red flags to watch out for.

When you’re confident in all of the publishers on your longlist, it’s time for the most nerve-wracking step: submitting your manuscript to them. 

Check out our free resources if you’re feeling daunted by what comes next. Whether you’re learning how to research publishers or how to personalize a submission, we've got you covered.

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