Landmark, the book and music retailer recently acquired by Trent, plans to open stores in Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi and Bangalore. “The Mumbai store will be housed in a heritage location,” Hemu Ramaiah, CEO, Landmark, told Indiaretailing.
It is learnt that Westland, the company’s distribution business, is now moving into publishing in a big way. Journalist and literary critic Nilanjana Roy has been appointed as its managing editor. Westland is also talking to some well-known Indian authors to publish their books. “The prime focus is on general books and the aim is to publish 100 titles every year – new and reprints,” she informed.
Westland, which has so far reprinted the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series, will publish an India-specific sequence. There will be about 20-25 titles in the ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul’ series, which will speak to entrepreneurs, women and other audiences, Ramaiah added.
The company recently unveiled a promotion on the Lagaan CDs and DVDs whereby a Landmark Customer XI will play a cricket match with the original Lagaan XI in Mumbai later this month.
In August 2005, Trent acquired 76 per cent stake in the Chennai-based Landmark.
– Vishnu Rageev R, Bangalore