Books on Translation and Interpreting

Several talented translators and interpreters have shared their experience to help colleagues, and the number of books is growing fast. Both new and not-so-new translators should find the list below useful, especially as books on style, editing, proofreading and writing are also included.

This list 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 this list does not mean I’ve either read or recommend the book. Any links to my own and other people’s reviews are highlighted.

If you have read one of the books below and would like to write a review of it for this blog as a guest post, or have written a review you’d like me to include a link for, please get in touch.

21 Free Tools for Translators

by  Alessandra Martelli

Free e-book.

88 Ways to be Successful as a Freelance Translator

by Matt Stanton

Available on Kindle.

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.

Don’t Trust Your Spell Check

by Dean Evans

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

Finding and Marketing to Translation Agencies: A Practical Guide for Freelance Translators

by Corinne McKay

Available as a book, on Kindle or as a PDF download

First You Write a Sentence.: The Elements of Reading, Writing … and Life

by Joe Moran

You can read a review of this book by Kate Sotejeff-Wilson on her blog Ridge Writing Retreats here.

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

by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche

The Georgetown Guide to Arabic-English Translation

by Mustafa Mughazy

Handbuch Technisches Übersetzen

by Peter A Schmitt

For German-English technical translators.

How to be a Successful Freelance Translator

by Robert Gebhardt

Links to Kindle version, although book format might also be available.

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

Meaning-Based Translation: A Guide to Cross-Language Equivalence

by Mildred L. Larson

Medical Translation Step by Step: Learning by Drafting

by Vincent Montalt Resurrecció and Maria González Davies

The New Professional Court Interpreter

by Tony Rosado

The Next Generation of Research in Interpreter Education: Pursuing Evidence-Based Practices

edited by Cynthia Roy and Elizabeth Winston

Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting: A Short Course

by Andrew Gillies

Performing Without a Stage: The Art of Literary Translation

by Robert Wechsler

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.


Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies

by Mona Baker and Gabriela Saldanha

Scientific and Technical Translation

by Maeve Olohan

Scientific and Technical Translation Explained

by Jody Byrne

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

by Carlos Djomo

Secrets of Six-Figure Translators: The Essential Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business

by Oana Maria Sofronov

Still Standing Out

by Andrew Morris

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace

by Joseph M. Williams

A Systematic Approach to Translating Contracts into English

by Rob Lunn

Free e-book.

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 Arabic Translation: A Course in Translation Method: Arabic to English

by James Dickins, Sándor Hervey and Ian Higgins

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

This Little Art

by Kate Briggs

thoughts-on-translationThoughts on Translation

by Corinne McKay

The nuggets from her blog with the same name.

Through the Client’s Eyes: How to Make Your Translations Visible

by Valerij Tomarenko

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 Official Documents

by Roberto Mayoral Asensio

Translating Style

by Tim Parks

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 Matters

by Jost Zetzsche

Translation Quality Assessment: Past and Present

by Juliane House

Translation Rules: 40 Ways to Attract Clients, Stay Focused, and Find Success as a Freelance Translator

by Clint Tustison

Available on Kindle.

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.

Trends in E-Tools and Resources for Translators and Interpreters

edited by Gloria Corpas Pastor and Isabel Durán-Muñoz

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

by Oleg Semerikov and Simon Hodkinson and edited by Sheila Wilson

You can read a review of this book by Catherine Christaki on ATA’s blog The Savvy Newcomer here. and by Rita Maia on her blog here.

View from the Dock, Diary of a Court Interpreter

by Cordelia Novak

Paperback and Kindle editions available.

Way Smarter Freelancing

by Walt Kania

E-book delivered as pdf.

You Need a CV that Works

by Marta Stelmaszak

Free e-book.

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