Penguin to launch audio books by Ruskin Bond

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Good news for Ruskin Bond fans!

Celebrated and iconic contemporary writer Ruskin Bond will be launching his first set of audiobooks based on his original short stories. This is the first time that an author of Penguin Random House India will record his own work in his own voice for an audiobook. This series of audiobooks will be released in early 2020 and will be available across all leading audiobook platforms.

A great treat for the fans of Ruskin Bond, both children and adults, to not only be able to read the written works by the masterful storyteller but also be able to listen to it anywhere anytime. To begin with, Ruskin Bond is recording eight chapter books, based on different themes – adventure, thriller, animals, nature, travel and many more. Chapter Books are an exciting format where previously published short stories are broken into shorter chapters to make reading easy for young readers. Beautifully illustrated, these eight chapter books will find a new lease of life by being accessible to a wider audience in the audiobook version and help build a deeper connect between the author and the readers and listeners.

“Thanks to Puffin and Penguin audiobooks, I can realise my ambition of reading aloud my own stories, and that too, to an audience of thousands of young and old readers—now listeners—lovers of good story-telling. Here are some of my favourite stories—Cherry Tree, Getting Granny’s Glasses, The Eyes of the Eagle, White Mice, Earthquake, and several others—first published as short chapter books by Puffin, and now presented to you in audio form. Not every author has the chance to read aloud his own stories to an appropriate audience. I had fun doing the readings, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too. Happy listening!” said Ruskin Bond.

Sohini Mitra, associate publisher, Penguin Random House India, said, “It was a dream to immortalise Ruskin’s work beyond the written word, and I am thrilled that he agreed. This is a first and one of its kind collaboration for us and an absolute honour. His exceptional writing style has inducted many of us to reading and it continues to play an important role in growing up with books. We have published innumerable books by Ruskin Bond and it is a matter of great privilege that we will now be able to make his craft available in different formats.”

Niti Kumar, SVP marketing, digital and communications, Penguin Random House India, said, “As publishers, we have been most forthcoming in adapting trends that encourage reading and the love for books. With more and more people on the move, audiobook becomes an easy way to keep in touch with your reading habits and an author narrated book can have its own novelty. As a parent, I am always looking for new ways to inculcate reading to my child’s routine and this is a great way to keep them engaged with interesting stories with important life lessons.”

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