Amazon Publishing announced a global deal for the next six books by Chetan Bhagat, India’s best-selling author. The deal includes three fiction and three nonfiction titles by Chetan Bhagat and Amazon Publishing to publish these books globally in print, eBook and audio formats, with the first title being published in October 2018. All the books are planned to also be available in multiple Indian language translation versions. Westland, an Amazon company, will distribute the print editions in India.
“Amazon Publishing is excited to work with Chetan and publish his books to a wider audience including readers both in India and abroad,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President, Amazon Publishing. “Millions of readers have enjoyed Chetan’s work for over a decade. His books deftly weave together the everyday life of youngsters with the prevalent social milieu of our time.”
“I am delighted to partner with Amazon Publishing as my publisher for my upcoming books”, said Chetan Bhagat. “Amazon’s online advantage and their commitment to reach every corner of India ties in well with my goals of inspiring every Indian read books. Further, Amazon’s global reach, especially with Kindle eBooks, will give me readers worldwide. Ever since my books were made available on Kindle, I get emails from readers in places like Africa and Europe, something that did not happen earlier. My new fiction novel is scheduled for release during the festive season in October 2018. While I will reveal details later, I am very excited about it. It will be my first book in both eBook and print formats with Amazon Publishing and it will be something different from what I have done before.”
Amazon acquired Westland Publications Pvt Ltd, a leading trade books publisher, in January 2017. Westland is the official distributor of Amazon Publishing titles in India and works with India’s top book distributors, book retail chains, independent book retailers and online marketplaces. Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO, Westland, said, “Chetan’s work resonates across India – we’re delighted to now be able to bring his work to cities and towns of all sizes throughout the country.”