Some of the best - and most exciting- books from India come from this eclectic group of eight publishers, in alphabetical order:
- Leftword Books, New Delhi
- Navayana Publishing, Pondicherry
- Samskriti, New Delhi
- Stree-Samya, Kolkata
- Three Essays Collective, Gurgaon
- Tulika Books, Delhi
- Tulika Publishers, Chennai, and
- Women Unlimited, New Delhi.
IPDA- Independent Publishers' Distribution Alternatives- publishes books covering a wide range including in the social sciences, women’s/gender studies, the humanities, left literature, development studies, international relations, politics, cultural studies, fiction, books for children and young adults, general interest non-fiction, and even some poetry.
IPDA was formed in response to the "globalisation of publishing and its domination by a handful of conglomerates in the global North and West have had a ripple effect on small and medium independent publishers everywhere. In India, too, with liberalisation of the economy and foreign direct investment, indigenous publishers are being pushed to the margins by the entry of multinational corporate publishing houses. "
IPD Alternatives' collaborative marketing and distribution initiative is "aimed at providing the widest possible exposure of books published by independent publishers. It seeks to redress the lack of visibility of independent publishing in India by using both mainstream channels and alternative networks for the dissemination of these books. IPD Alternatives also seeks to promote independent publishing in India by developing new, alternative markets for it."
All their titles have been available via Scholars for the past several years.