As has been discussed in another post, India has become the country with the golden touch for international publishing houses (see: Why are International Book Publishers Coming to India?). The rapidly growing market has proven to be quite profitable for book publishers that are trying to cope with plateaued out traditional markets. This has led to a huge influx of publishers from all over the world and UK publishing companies are no exception.
Several of these publishing companies started coming into India decades ago since they wanted to establish a base of operations in Asia. UK book publishers that came early benefited more from their strategic presence and are doing better than companies that came in later. Some of the more popular ones are listed here.
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press is one of the best known UK academic publishing companies. It is the largest university press in the world and has a true global presence. Unlike other university presses, this one offers a greater diversity in subjects. This is quite a rarity in the world of university presses. They print in over 40 languages that reflect their global presence that spans countries.
Oxford University Press specialises in academic and educational publishing for pre-school to post-graduate and doctorate levels. Their key focus is on the quality of the content and how valuable it will be to the world of education. Known best for their dictionaries in India, they also publish school textbooks, books for higher education, journals, English language teaching material and more in both traditional and digital formats.
Cambridge University Press
While this publishing house is a university press and associated with the Cambridge University, it has a global presence and content. Much like the Oxford University Press, Cambridge too has offices in multiple countries. They have 50 offices that are responsible for distribution in almost all countries in the world.
Both of these UK publishing companies are quite varied in their content. Cambridge university press has almost every discipline represented in its academic portfolio. They publish books in both digital and print formats with course material and content from pre-school to higher education disciplines. They also produce learning material for the study of the English language.
Pearson Education is an academic-specific UK publishing company. Even though their headquarters are in London, they have made their presence felt in over 70 countries. In India, they have successfully adapted to the Indian market. The content they produce is both from Indian sources as well as international wherein global content is modified to suit the educational needs of this country.
Pearson is responsible for bringing high-quality textbooks and learning material to thousands of schools in India. They produce study guides and English language learning aids as well. Their close collaboration with schools and the Indian syllabi has helped them become an integral part of the education system.
This is one of the better known UK book publishers, mainly due to the Harry Potter books. In fact, it was the series that gave this company the boost it needed in the world of publishing. In addition to its London office, the company also has offices in Sydney, New York, and New Delhi.
Their repertoire includes children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, professional and academic books. Their academic subject range focuses on Social Sciences, Visual Arts, and the Humanities. Professional titles fall under the categories of UK Law, tax, and accountancy. They have a limited but dedicated subject range in academic and professional titles, but are better known for their fiction books.
Pan MacMillan Publishing
Pan MacMillan is one of the largest UK publishing companies. Their Indian arm was inaugurated in 1988. However, their publishing operations in the country began fully in 2010. Though they do not do any academic publishing at all, they have an impressive list of books in fiction and non-fiction. Their portfolio includes authors like Jeffrey Archer, V S Naipaul, Ramachandra Guha, Wilbur Smith, and many more.
The Pan MacMillan umbrella includes MacMillan, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Tor, MacMillan’s Children’s books, Young Picador and Campbell books. They also represent Walker Books and Frances Lincoln children’s books as sales and distribution partners on the Indian sub-continent.
Penguin Random House
This publishing house was created in 2013 when Penguin and Random House joined force. Penguin Books was established in the UK in 1935 to cater to a need for entertaining and affordable paperbacks. They were one of the first UK publishing houses to do so, as paperback was not the preferred format for anyone who wanted to be a serious writer.
Today, it is one of the leading publishers for fiction and has expanded into non-fiction for more intellectual publishing. This publishing house does not do any academic publishing. However, it has made a niche for itself in classic literature in the Indian market.
While not a UK company, Manakin Press has joined the ranks of the UK based publishing companies by virtue of its London office. Manakin Press is one of the fastest growing academic publishers in India. Our catalogue contains books on almost every academic discipline and we are constantly looking for authors to fill in whatever gaps we have.
Our endeavour is to provide the Indian higher education system with high-quality books. To this end, we are not averse to publishing highly niche subjects. This means we have certain obscure topics that may not be found anywhere else.
This list is by no means a complete list of all UK publishers operating in India, but it does contain all the top names. These companies are well-respected in their field and are known for their excellent content. Whether fiction, non-fiction, or academic, these companies have made a room for themselves in the Indian publishing market.