The same kind of books usually works well in a year. Especially high-profile non-fiction books containing revelations, books that have won international awards, and upcoming books by famous authors. Last year’s trend was social media star books. Ankur Warikoo, Ashneer Grover, Raj Shamani and others. This continues. Be more careful with such books!
Milee Ashwarya, Publisher, Penguin Random House India
2023 will be an exciting year for Penguin Random House India. This year’s selection includes literary fiction, non-fiction, spirituality, self-help, and business titles. While business books, biographies, political and current affairs, self-help, and spirituality continue to rock the charts, 2023 feels like a good year for fiction, especially thrillers and literary fiction.
Karthika VK, Publisher, Westland Books
Non-fiction is likely to remain at the top, with financial literacy, popular medicine, and expert stories being widely sold. We’ve seen professionals move from a snappy social media presence to authorship and popular podcasts and shows to serve other formats. I think this form of fluidity will provide new impetus to both content publishers and creators.
Popular history, fiction translated from various Indian languages, memoirs and self-help of celebrities, anthologies, etc., we do not expect to see any significant change in the pattern. These are genres that have been gaining momentum in recent years, and the publisher has invested in discovering new authors and innovative marketing his campaigns to propel these titles to the top of the bestseller charts. . One of the changes I’m looking forward to is new voices and stories in the Popular Fiction segment. Specifically, about suspense, horror, and crime by writers willing to experiment and reinvent space for Indian readers in lesser-written cities and non-Indian cities.
Poulomi Chatterjee, Publisher, HarperCollins
Readers can choose from a variety of great books this year. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. The long-awaited authoritative biography of Ratan Tata and the autobiographies of Rani Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan will be published. There are also some fascinating true crimes. Fiction readers will love the new book by Riva Razdan, Tashan Mehta, and Brinda Charlie. They also have stand-up stars Kanan Gil (Acts of God), Huma Qureshi (Zeba), Devika Rage (Quarterlife), Siddharth Singh (homage to Indian indie music, Max Brandi), Nishant Injam (best possible experience). I’m also looking forward to the translation work — Sahela Re by Mrinal Pande (translated from Hindi by Priyanka Sarkar)
A collection of short stories by four contemporary masters of Tamil (Imayam), Rajasthani (Vijaydan Detha), Malayalam (Benyamin) and Kashmiri (HK Kaul).
Renuka Chatterjee, Vice President, Publishing, Speaking Tiger
We look forward to the publication of Nilanjan Choudhury’s novel Song of the Golden Sparrow in 2023. This satire of India from 1947 to the present day is hilarious, subversive, and equally moving. The Pledge: Adventures to Sada is the first installment in her Mandala Purana series by Madhuri Kalidol and filmmaker Kannan Iyer, an action-packed, cutting-edge fantasy novel that hopes will soon become her series on the web. I’m here. Our big non-fiction title will undoubtedly be his A Lucky Man, the memoir of the legendary Mark his Tully.
After Geetanjali Shree wins the International Booker Prize (2022), there may be more interest in translations, but most publishers, including ours, always list translations. Since its launch in 2015, it has published several books, with more in 2023, including translations.
From Konkani in My Last Autobiography by Jnanpith Winner Damodar Mauzo.
There is no doubt that social media is becoming more and more important in driving interest in books. Instagram and Twitter show up instantly, and the more your book is tweeted or posted, the more likely it is to be featured. Young readers, in particular, mostly use mobile phones.
I’m flipping through the books section of the newspaper.