New Delhi: The UK’s largest trade publishing company Hachette Livre UK, whose imprints include Hodder and Stoughton, John Murray, Orion Books, Little Brown and Orbit and Sphere, has announced plans to set up an Indian arm, Hachette Book Publishing India. Hachette Livre already publishes leading Indian authors such as Vikram Seth and Amitav Ghosh.
“India represents a significant opportunity for our group. Hachette Livre’s growth in English language publishing has now reached a stage where we can open a substantial business in the country,” said Arnaud Nourry, president and director general, Hachette Livre SA.
The new company will be headed by Thomas Abraham, currently CEO and president of Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd, who will join as managing director in mid-September.
Hachette Book Publishing India, which will be set up as a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK firm, will begin operations here in the first quarter of 2008.
“Initially, I will be looking at operations, sales and marketing for Hachette’s trade lists from around the world,” said Abraham. “There are also plans to begin a local publishing operation when the first phase is well under way, probably at the beginning of 2009,” he added.
Abraham said he wants to revive popular series such as Bulldog Drummond by Sapper (Herman Cyril McNeile) to readers in India.
“I would like to revive the yellowback list by Hodder & Stoughton including titles from authors such as Dorothy L. Sayers and Edgar Wallace,” said Abraham.
Yellowbacks were inexpensive books featuring popular writers such as Wallace that have, over time, become classics, especially in the detective fiction genre.
Hachette Livre UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hachette Livre SA which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardere SCA, one of France’s leading public companies.
The group publishes bestselling authors such as Sarah Waters, Charles Frazier, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks and Carlos Ruis Zafon.
It also has a large science-fiction and fantasy range across the Orbit and Gollancz imprints, including books by writers such as Philip K. Dick, Orson Scott Card and Alistair Reynolds.