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South Asia Books, located in Columbia, Missouri, has been the premier distributor of books from India since 1969. Its Founder, Professor Jerry Barrier, was considered one of the foremost scholars on Sikhism in the world. He was a Professor of History at the University of Missouri for over 30 years, even achieving chair of that department for a period. He taught Nonviolence and Peace Studies, specializing in Gandhi. He was the author and editor of ten books and numerous articles on India and Sikhism. In 1994, he was awarded a special honor from the Indian government and the National Book Trust, celebrating over 25 years of service facilitating the exchange of books and ideas between the U.S. and India.

At present, South Asia Books is still the primary distributor of Indian books in North America and carries an inventory of over 20,000 titles. These cover virtually every subject related to South Asia and beyond. We also regularly special order and have in stock a range of language materials and dictionaries.

Another service we offer is tracking down those hard to find or old titles that may not be in the main stream of Indian publications. Please just contact us and provide us with a title, author, publisher, ISBN or any information you may have. We will then do a search and let you know within a day or two whatever information we find.

We specialize and have vast experience in working with groups, institutions and libraries in building collections at reasonable prices. If you are a library, we will check your holdings for you and then provide lists based on the subjects you specify. This is a service many have found valuable as it eliminates much of the leg work on your end.

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For those looking to place bulk/text orders, please contact us directly for our bulk order discount information.

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South Asia Books, located at Columbia, Missouri - mid-way between St Louis and Kansas City, USA, has since its start in 1969 evolved from a supplier of rare volumes from India and Pakistan to the major supplier for India related monographs for bookstores, wholesalers, libraries, and individuals.
South Asia Books is known to be the best collection of books on South Asia available outside of the region itself! Its stock includes thousands of titles available for sale, plus thousands of other used and single title books, including a large selection of art history and language related texts.
South Asia Books adds approximately 1,000 new titles annually, representing most of the major Indian publishers, including Motilal, DK, Manohar, Abhinav, Vikas, Eastern Book Linkers, Rawat, and Satguru. Orders can be done from throughout the World.