Amazon to close Westland publishing house

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News of the closure came as a shock to editors, Westland team members and its public relations firm, who, according to a staff member who requested anonymity, were only told of the decision than today.

New Delhi Much to the disappointment of book lovers, Westland, one of India’s biggest publishing houses, is being shut down by e-commerce giant Amazon, they announced on Tuesday.

The publishing company, which was acquired by Amazon from Trent Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Group, in 2016, has published works by several successful authors, including Amish Tripathi, Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Rujuta Diwekar, Preeti Shenoy, Devdutt Pattanaik. , Anuja Chauhan and Ravi Subramanian.

“After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to no longer operate Westland. We are working closely with employees, authors, agents and distribution partners on this transition and remain committed to innovating for customers by India,” Amazon said. in a report.

News of the closure came as a shock to editors, Westland team members and its public relations firm, who, according to a staff member who requested anonymity, were only told of the decision than today. It was particularly sad for best-selling fiction writer Ashwin Sanghi, who wrote his first novel with Westland in 2008 and has published “a dozen books” over those many years.

“It’s sad to see the release of a publishing institution. The team at Westland is one of the best in the business and there are a lot of emotions and memories from my publishing journey with them that will always stay with me,” Sanghi told PTI.

Founded in 1962, Westland is one of India’s largest English-language commercial publishers, publishing print and e-books in genres ranging from popular and literary fiction to business, politics, biography, spirituality, popular science, health and self-help.

Its major publishers include “Context,” which publishes award-winning literary fiction and non-fiction; “Eka”, which publishes the best of contemporary writing in Indian languages ​​and in translation; ‘Tranquebar’, home to the best new fiction from the Indian subcontinent, the eponymous Westland Sport and Westland Business; and Red Panda, which publishes a range of books for children of different ages.

Several Westland authors and readers took to Twitter to express their disappointment at the closure of a “major publishing house”.

“Rotten news. @karthikavk and his team have run a great publishing house with a strong roster of books. It’s been a pleasure working with Westland. Deeply troubling that a successful business can be shut down like this from the top , because God knows what reasons”, tweeted historian Manu S Pillai, author of “The Courtesan, The Mahatma and the Italian Brahman”.

“Westland is my publisher and has done so much for me, taking a chance on a non-famous author. The publishers are the best in India and they have brought out the best and most impactful non-fiction you will see on the shelves”, tweeted Kavitha Rao, author of “Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine”, published in 2021.

“Heartbreaking and heartbreaking day for Indian publishing. Not much to say except that I hope we go out and buy as many Westland/Context/Eka books as we can in the next few days, for all the wonderful editors, authors and translators who worked tirelessly to build their stellar list,” tweeted Sayantan Ghosh, editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster publishing house.

Westland’s books ‘Delhi: A Soliloquy’ and ‘Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield’ were declared winners of the prestigious ‘JCB Prize for Literature’ and ‘Gaja Capital Business Book Prize’ respectively last year.

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