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HarperCollins teams up with India Today for publishing, distribution

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KOLKATA, Aug. 6

HARPERCOLLINS Publishers has established a new book publishing partnership with the India Today Group.

The new joint venture, HarperCollins India, according to an official release by HarperCollins Publishers, plans to publish a wide range of books and distribute titles published by the company around the world to the Indian market.

The venture's first publication, according to the release, will be `The Carpet Wars' by Christopher Kremmer. The book, which originated with HarperCollins Australia, is now being published in English worldwide by HarperCollins. According to Ms Jane Friedman, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers worldwide, "This initiative is consistent with our vision of HarperCollins as a global publisher."

The joint venture will take advantage of the printing facilities of the India Today Group at Thomson Press. Says Mr Aroon Purie, CEO of the India Today Group: "We see this as a very powerful partnership combining the strengths of a diversified and well-established media group in India with HarperCollins' unparalleled editorial and publishing capabilites."

HarperCollins is a subsidiary of News Corporation. Based in New York, the company has publishing groups in the US, Canada, the UK and Australasia, which include the HarperCollins General Books, HarperCollins Children's Books, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada and HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand.

The General books group is made up of four operating divisions — HarperTrade, Morrow/Avon, HarperInformation and HarperSanfrancisco.

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