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Airtel acquires strategic stake in Juggernaut Books

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MUMBAI: Bharti Airtel’s wholly owned subsidiary Nettle Infrastructure Investments Limited (Nettle) has acquired a strategic equity stake in Juggernaut Books. Juggernaut is a popular digital platform to discover and read high quality, affordable books and to submit amateur writing.

The investment is in line with Airtel's endeavour to build an open content ecosystem and bring world-class digital content to its customers. The investment will enable Juggernaut to ramp up content acquisition, digital marketing and prepare for a subscription offering launch in the next few months.

Bharti Airtel chief financial officer Badal Bagri said, "Juggernaut is an exciting digital platform and complements our content vision. We look forward to working with them and supporting the next phase of their growth journey."

Juggernaut founder and publisher Chiki Sarkar said, "We are excited to partner with Airtel in our journey ahead. Airtel has a great understanding of digital content consumption and we have much to learn and benefit from this strategic partnership".

"Our ambition is to get many more Indians to read and write and our partnership with Airtel will allow us to expand our distribution manifold,” said Juggernaut CEO Simran Khara.

Juggernaut's former investors include Infosys co-founder and current chairman, Nandan Nilekani and Boston Consulting Group India CEO Neeraj Aggarwal. Launched in April 2016, the platform has close to 1 million downloads across Android and iOS. In May 2017, the writer's platform went live to offer amateur writers the ability to digitally publish their content and stand a chance to win publishing contracts. The writer's platform, in the past six months, has received just under 500 stories with nine of them securing publishing contracts.

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