Books on Translation

A number of talented translators 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.


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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

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.

Confessions of a Freelance Translator

by Gary Smith

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

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

by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche

How to Start a Profitable Freelance Translation Business

by Maryam Kosar Abdi (Translators Academy)

Free e-book.

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.

An Introduction to Translation Memory

by Emma Goldsmith

Free e-book available via the SDL site.

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

by David Bellos

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.

The Marketing Cookbook for TranslatorsMarketing Cookbook

by Tess Whitty

prosperousThe Prosperous Translator

by Chris Durban

Revising and Editing for Translators

by Brian Mossop

thoughts-on-translationThoughts on Translation

by Corinne McKay

The nuggets from her blog with the same name.

Translation 101: Starting Out As A Translator

by Petro Dudi

E-book costing $20.

The Translation Sales Handbook

by Luke Spear

2014 edition available free online.

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 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.

You Need a CV that Works

by Marta Stelmaszak

Free e-book.

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