Westland Publications Ltd. is one of the largest English language trade publishing houses in India.
Westland has been acquired by Amazon and we are now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon Eurasia Holdings SARL. Before this acquisition, Westland was a subsidiary of Trent which is the retail arm of the Tata group, a global enterprise headquartered in India. Westland started as an amalgamation of two companies, EastWest Books (Madras) Pvt Ltd. and Westland Books Pvt Ltd. EastWest Books, established in 1996, was a successor company to the south India operations of Affiliated East West Press Private Limited, New Delhi, established in 1962. Thus, EastWest has a long history of over 50 years in both publishing and distribution. During these years, it published works of eminent writers, including agricultural scientist Prof. M S Swaminathan, well-known journalist T J S George, film historian Theodore Bhaskaran, Madras historian S Muthiah, writer-activists Sudha Murty and Sivasankari, Tamil writers Ambai and Asokamitran, and Malayalam writer Mukundan.
After more than 50 years of experience in import and distribution of major academic and English language trade publications from all over the world, Westland’s focus has shifted to publishing in the last 9 years. Today, Westland is one of the largest English language trade publishers in India. Westland’s bestselling authors include Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ashok Banker, Rujuta Diwekar, Rashmi Bansal, Anita and Harsha Bhogle and Preeti Shenoy, among others. Since Nielsen has started their Bookscan in India — which tracks bestselling titles across the country — Westland has consistently had a strong presence in the top 50 bestselling charts. Authors like Amish Tripathi and Ashwin Sanghi have also found a place in the Forbes list of the 100 most influential celebrities in India.
Westland is focused on publishing quality literature and translations. It has the following imprints:
Tranquebar Press – for literary fiction and non-fiction
Westland – for trade books (fiction and non-fiction)
EastWest – for south India heritage and academic crossover books