Juggernaut Books

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Juggernaut Books
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FoundedSeptember 2015
FounderChiki Sarkar, Durga Raghunath
Country of originIndia
Headquarters locationNew Delhi, India
DistributionOnline and physical
Key peopleSimran Khara, Nandan Nilekani, Aveek Sarkar, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Neeraj Aggarwal, Gavin Morris, Jaishree Ram Mohan, Nandini Mehta
Publication typesOnline publishing, short stories, autobiographies, ebooks
Official websitewww.juggernaut.in

Juggernaut Books is digital book publishing house headquartered in New Delhi, India.[1][2] The publisher emphasizes on short length books written by new writers. It also allows writers to self-publish their books through their digital platform. The digital books are distributed via their website and mobile apps.[3] They also power the content library( around 70,000 books ) of the Airtel Books app by Airtel. [4]They also publish physical books which are distributed and warehoused by Hachette India.[5]

History[edit]

The publishing house was founded by Durga Raghunath and Chiki Sarkar in September 2015.[6]

Before co-founding Juggernaut, Sarkar was a publisher of Penguin India and founder-publisher of Random House India. Raghunath was the CEO of Network18 Digital, senior VP-Growth, at Zomato and also founded Firstpost.[7]

Juggernaut raised Rs 15 crores in its initial round of seed funding from Fab India's founder William Bissell; former CEO and co-founder of Infosys, Nandan Nilekani and MD of Boston Consulting Group, Neeraj Aggarwal.[8]

In April 2016, Juggernaut launched India's first mobile-publishing application.[1][9] Priya Ramani was appointed as the editor-at-large for its digital properties in the same year.[10] In February 2017, Raghunath resigned from the post of CEO and decided to continue as a shareholder.[11] Simran Khara is the current CEO of the publishing house.[12]

In December 2017, Bharti Airtel acquired a strategic stake in the house.[13] In March 2019, American publishing house HarperCollins joined in a partnership with Juggernaut Books, becoming their sales, distribution partner.[14]

Self-publishing platform[edit]

Juggernaut writing platform is a self-publishing platform of the publishing house that allows writers to self-publish their books by uploading the texts and book cover through their app and website. The publisher also runs a programme named "Juggernaut Selects" that identifies and develops five new writers every month and provides them all the benefits of a publishing house.[15]

Awards[edit]

In 2018, the book Jasmine Days by writer Benyamin published from Juggernaut Books won the inaugural JCB Prize and Crossword translation award.[16][17] In the same year, Swati Chaturvedi won the London Press Freedom Award for Courage for her book I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the BJP's Digital Army published from Juggernaut Books.[18][19]

Controversy[edit]

On 4 August 2017, Delhi High Court imposed a ban on publication and sale of book Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev from Juggernaut Books written by Priyanka Pathak Narain based on Ramdev's life.[20] After a legal battle with Ramdev, the ex-parte interim injunction was lifted from the book on 28 April 2018.[21]

In 2018, the book The Burning Forest: India’s war in Bastar published from Juggernaut books, written by Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar based on Maoist insurgency and the violence in Bastar was dropped from the department's syllabus. She was also indicted in a murder case filed by a woman called Vimla Baghel of her husband, a Maoist activist. But in February 2019, Sundar was cleared of murder charges by police.[22]

Authors[edit]

The following authors are published by Juggernaut

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Kuruvilla, Elizabeth (2016-12-30). "Juggernaut turned the page". Livemint. Archived from the original on 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
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  5. ^ "Juggernaut, the first to tap mobile phone publishing". The Hindu. 24 September 2015.
  6. ^ bureau, Odisha Diary (2018-08-05). "Juggernaut Books announces the release of Naveen Patnaik, the first political biography of Odisha's CM, by journalist Ruben Banerjee". OdishaDiary. Archived from the original on 2019-02-09. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  7. ^ "Here comes Juggernaut, Chiki Sarkar’s new publishing venture". Printweek. 23 September 2015. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Airtel picks up stake in online writers platform Juggernaut Books". Entrackr. 4 December 2017. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ "India's think-outside-the-box publisher Juggernaut partners with Youth Ki Awaaz for exclusive digital originals". The New Publishing Standard. 31 March 2018. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Juggernaut Books appoints Priya Ramani as editor at large". MediaNama. 2016-01-04. Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  11. ^ "Durga Raghunath Steps Down As CEO Of Chiki Sarkar's Juggernaut Books". Huffington Post. 2 October 2017. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Airtel picks up stake in Juggernaut". The Indian Express. 2017-12-04. Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  13. ^ "Bharti Airtel acquires strategic stake in Juggernaut Books". The Hindu Business. 4 December 2017.
  14. ^ PTI. "HarperCollins to be sales, distribution partner of Juggernaut Books". @businessline. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  15. ^ "Juggernaut Books announces new programme for emerging writers". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Archived from the original on 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  16. ^ "Author Benyamin's 'Jasmine Days' Wins Inaugural JCB Prize for Literature in India". Publishing Perspectives. 2018-10-26. Archived from the original on 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  17. ^ "Crossword announces the 16th Crossword Book Award jury shortlist". The Hans India. 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  18. ^ "Swati Chaturvedi wins Press Freedom Award for Courage". Deccan Herald. 2018-11-09. Archived from the original on 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  19. ^ "Indian journalist wins Press Freedom Award for Courage in UK". Deccan Chronicle. 2018-11-09. Archived from the original on 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  20. ^ "Delhi High Court stays publication and sale of book on Ramdev's life". The Economic Times. 2018-05-10. Archived from the original on 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  21. ^ "In 'landmark victory for free speech', injunction on book on Ramdev's life lifted". The Financial Express. 2018-04-28. Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  22. ^ Staff, Scroll. "Chhattisgarh: Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar cleared of murder charges by police". Scroll.in. Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.