Books on Translation and Interpreting

A number of talented translators and interpreters have shared their experience to help colleagues, and the list of books is growing fast. Both new and not-so-new translators should find them useful. The list below was originally included in the Links & Tips for New Translators page; I decided to move it to a different location to prevent the Links & Tips from becoming overly long.

Click on the book title for more information. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions for this page. Inclusion in the list below does not mean that I have either read or recommend the book.

If you have read one of the books below and would like to write a review of it for this blog, then please get in touch.

21 Free Tools for Translators

by  Alessandra Martelli

Free e-book.


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101 Things a Translator Needs to Know

by the WLF Think Tank

You can read my review of this book here.

Balance Your Words: Stepping in the Translation Industry

by Sara Colombo

Becoming a Translator: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Translation

by Douglas Robinson

Beginning, Middle and End: How to Be a Managing Translator and Deal Effectively With Your Projects

by Luisa Matos, Rui Sousa and Teresa Sousa

E-book costing around $9. Also available in Portuguese.

Being a Successful Interpreter: Adding Value and Delivering Excellence

by Jonathan Downie

The Book of Standing Out: Travels through the Inner World of Freelance Translation

by Andrew Morris

The Business Guide for Translators

by Marta Stelmaszak

Business School For Translators Lessons

by Marta Stelmaszak

Free e-book containing all 139 lessons on Marta’s blog in an easy-to-read format.

Conference Interpreting: Principles and Practice

by Valerie Taylor-Bouladon

Confessions of a Freelance Translator

by Gary Smith

Diario de un futuro traductor

by Ismael Pardo

Also available as an e-book.

diversification (1)Diversification in the Language Industry

by Nicole Y. Adams

You can read my review of this book here.

English & Spanish Audiovisual Translation Guide

by GOSUB and Natives For You

E-book costing €40.

The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation

by Judy and Dagmar Jenner

Exploring Translation Theories

by Anthony Pym

Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World

by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche

Handbuch Technisches Übersetzen

by Peter A Schmitt

For German-English technical translators.

How to succeedHow to succeed as a Freelance Translator

by Corinne McKay

How to Manage Your Translation Projects

by Nancy Matis

The English version is only available in digital format.

In Other Words

by Mona Baker

A coursebook on translation.

In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means

edited by Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky

Interpretation: Techniques and Exercises

by James Nolan

Interpreting as Interaction

by Cecilia Wadensjö

Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications

by Jeremy Munday

Introduction to Court Interpreting

by Holly Mikkelson

Introduction to Spanish Translation

by Jack Child

An Introduction to Translation Memory

by Emma Goldsmith

Free e-book available via the SDL site.

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything

by David Bellos

Legal Translation Explained

by Enrique Alcaraz and Brian Hughes

Léxico temático de terminología jurídica español-inglés

Thematic Lexicon of Spanish-English Legal Terminology

by Rebecca Jowers

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World

by Ella Frances Sanders

Manual de traducción inglés-castellano: teoría y práctica

by Juan Gabriel López Guix and Jacqueline Minett Wilkinson

You can read a review of this book on ATA’s blog The Savvy Newcomer here.

Manual of Spanish-English Translation

by Kelly Washbourne

The Marketing Cookbook for TranslatorsMarketing Cookbook

by Tess Whitty

Marketing Tips for Translators: The Ultimate Collection of Business Tips from the Podcast

by Tess Whitty

Medical Translation Step by Step: Learning by Drafting

by Vincent Montalt Resurrecció and Maria González Davies

The New Professional Court Interpreter

by Tony Rosado


Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting: A Short Course

by Andrew Gillies

The Poetics of Translation: History, Theory, Practice

by Willis Barnstone

prosperousThe Prosperous Translator

by Chris Durban

Revising and Editing for Translators

by Brian Mossop

Please click here to read a review of this book by Carl Carter on his blog Tips ‘n’ Tools for Translators.

The Road to Financial Translation

by Francesca Airaghi

Free e-book.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies

by Mona Baker and Gabriela Saldanha

Search it, Find it: the Translator’s Minimalist Guide to Online Search

by Carlos Djomo

Still Standing Out

by Andrew Morris

Tapping Into Translators’ Creativity: Connecting the Dots between Translation and Creativity

by Magda Phili

Terminology for Beginners

by Patricia Brenes

Free e-book.

Theories of Translation: An Anthology of Essays from Dryden to Derrida

edited by Rainer Schulte and John Biguenet

Thinking French Translation: A Course in Translation Method: French to English

by Sándor Hervey

Thinking German Translation

by Sándor Hervey

Thinking Spanish Translation

by Louise M. Haywood, Michael Thompson and Sándor Hervey

thoughts-on-translationThoughts on Translation

by Corinne McKay

The nuggets from her blog with the same name.

Tools and Technology in Translation: The Profile of Beginning Language Professionals in the Digital Age

by Rafa Lombardino

Il traduttore insostituibile

Specializzazione e posizionamento per i professionisti della traduzione

by Marco Cevoli

Translating Contracts in a Teletransporter: A Systematic Approach to Translating Contracts into English

by Rob Lunn

Free e-book.

Translating Official Documents

by Roberto Mayoral Asensio

Translation 101: Starting Out As A Translator

by Petro Dudi

E-book costing $14.99.

Translation: An Advanced Resource Book

by Basil Hatim and Jeremy Munday

Translation Changes Everything: Theory and Practice

by Lawrence Venuti

Translation Quality Assessment: Past and Present

by Juliane House

The Translation Sales Handbook

by Luke Spear

2014 edition available free online.

The Translation Studies Reader

edited by Lawrence Venuti

The Translator Diaries

by Lloyd Bingham

Free e-book with many contributors giving practical advice on starting out as a professional translator.

The Translator’s Invisibility: A History of Translation

by Lawrence Venuti

The Translator’s Tool Box: A Computer Primer for Translators

by Jost Zetzche

Advice on software tools (CATS, Windows 8 & 8.1, desktop publishing, etc.), 400+ pages in a PDF file.

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Successful Freelance Translator: Written by translators for translators

by Oleg Semerikov and Simon Hodkinson

Available on Kindle.

The Ultimate Guide to Finding High-Paying Translation Clients

by Maryam Kosar Abdi (Translators Academy)

Free e-book.

You Need a CV that Works

by Marta Stelmaszak

Free e-book.

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