DC Books, one of the prestigious literary publishing houses in India was established in the year 1974 by Dominic Chacko Kizhakemuri [popularly known as DC, doyen of publishing in India]. It the first publishing house to get ISO certification in India. The company is considered to have the highest pool of intellectual property /content suited for the Indian market. Strong editorial team ensure experiments with new formations, new areas, and encourage budding writers. DC Books publish around 1500 books of all genre in an year, making it one of the largest literary publishers of India. English-English-Malayalam Dictionary published by DC Books is the second highest selling bilingual dictionary in the Indian market.
DC Books has more than 48 outlets in all major cities of South India and has a chain of bookstore and agencies in Middle Eastern countries including Dubai, Muscat, Sharjah and Ajman. The company also runs an online shopping store [ onlinestore.dcbooks.com ] that ensures ease of buying to online users. An online portal team under the brand www.dcbooks.com works to ensure promotion of literature news.
Every year, DC Books conduct DC International Book Fair and Cultural Fest, one of the largest international book fairs, with participation from more than 300 publishers from India & abroad. Prominent national and international litterateurs grace the 12-day-long- Book Fair and Cultural Fest. The book fair has gained wide acceptance from book lovers in cities like Trivandrum, Ernakulam and Calicut.
The company has also ventured into eBooks through a group promoted company EC Media, the first in India with complete eco-system in digital books. ‘The Week’ Magazine, (Issue June 24, 2012) has made a special mention about DC’s eBooks in “30 Life Changers” from 1982-2012. It is now, one of the biggest aggregator of Indian books.
DC Books has received the maximum number of awards among the Indian publishers for excellence from Federation of Indian Publishers, the apex body of publishers in India. In the year 2013-14, the company has received first prize for Excellence in Book Production, first prize for “We Make the Tomorrow Makers Transformation” from Ordinary Extraordinary in the Category of Price Lists, Catalogues & Brochures- English, first prize for Travel & Flavours in the Category Journals and House Magazines- English, Certificate of Merit (Thakarna Republic) in General Books-Regional Languages, Certificate of Merit (Paschimaghattam) in Art Books- Regional Languages, Certificate of Merit in Text Books: School-English Certificate of Merit for Jackets- Regional Languages (Padmarajante Krithikal Sampoornam), second prize for children Books – English.
Other prominent achievements include Best Book on Travel in Malayalam, Special Pavilion Award, Best Book on Management and Leadership Award at the 30th Darshana International Book Fair, 2013. DC Books was also conferred with ‘The Best International Publisher Award’ at the Sharjah International Bookfair, 2013.
Other ventures by DC Books:
DC Media, the magazine publishing wing of DC Books publishes Education Insider, a Pan Asian B2B Magazine for the education sector, News’n’ More, a current affairs and GK focused magazine for students, Emerging Kerala, a magazine which focuses on the socio-economic development of Kerala and Pachakuthira, a magazine which intervene in the socio-political space.
Mango, Children’s Imprint of DC Books has a strong focus on Indian content. Many of the originally developed contents of Mango have been licensed to publishers in UK and also works with other publishers abroad on co-creating content.
Current Books, started in 1952, with over 60 years of expertise in book sales, is the sister concern of DC Books. It is one of the top 3 retail bookstore chains in India with close to 50 retail outlets in the form of destination stores, tourist bookshops, and academic bookstores. Many innovative marketing and promotional methods successfully implemented by Current Books has inculcated reading habits among the public.
DC Animation is a new venture initiated by DC Books in the area of animation and enhanced content. It is one of the finest animators in India and has been awarded many prestigious contracts by major companies in India.