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14:18 HRS IST

Zafri Mudasser Nofil

New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI)
2016 was an exciting year for book lovers with the publishers rolling out an array of titles across genres, pushing the envelope and setting trends.

Autobiographies and biographies, titles on business, commercial and mass market fiction, literary fiction, self help, chik-lit and culinary, the list went on.

According to Hemali Sodhi, Vice President (Marketing) of Penguin Random House India, 2016 has been a stellar year for the publishing house.

"We've had an extraordinary publishing list with an almost unprecedented number of bestsellers as well as award winning and critically acclaimed books, across Fiction, non-fiction, business and children's, and books have topped the bestselling charts on a very regular basis," she told PTI.

HarperCollins India CEO Ananth Padmanabhan describes 2016 as "our best year yet".

"We grew sales across both divisions, trade and education, increased our market share, executed imaginative publicity campaigns, launched Harper Broadcast, the first of its kind in Indian publishing, and were awarded Publisher of the Year at TATA Lit Live," he says.

Palimpsest completed five years in 2016. For its CEO Bhaskar Roy, 2016 was a smalltown year for the publishing industry.

"The focus moved away from the metros with the smaller cities surging up as major book markets. Among the Palimpsest titles during the year, Ashok Pandey's 'From Inside the Steel Frame: The Memoirs of an Administrator' impacted the public discourse deeply. 'Tied in Knots', Tehzeeb Doctor's novel about contemporary Mumbai, has evoked a good response," he says.

For Juggernaut Books, which is aiming to create a world-class Indian publishing company that redefines reading and writing for the digital age, 2016 was a year "full of excitement".

Says its Executive Editor R Sivapriya, "We are beginning to see the contours of those who live in digital India and what drives them. We've been constantly adapting to and anticipating their demands. We've therefore had to be extremely nimble. Not something that is even possible in traditional publishing.

"We've published some exceptional books since we started this April. Our authors range from a hugely popular adult film star to a gifted Adivasi artist. We are closing the year with a bang with two successful books: Twinkle Khanna's wonderful short stories and William Dalrymple and Anita Anand's riveting history of the Kohinoor." .

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