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

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.

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

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.

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

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


Note-taking for Consecutive Interpreting: A Short Course

by Andrew Gillies

prosperousThe Prosperous Translator

by Chris Durban

Revising and Editing for Translators

by Brian Mossop

The Road to Financial Translation

by Francesca Airaghi

Free e-book.

Still Standing Out

by Andrew Morris

Tapping Into Translators’ Creativity: A writing journey in search of the intersections between translation and creativity

by Magda Phili

Available on Kindle.

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.

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.

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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