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Training programme with a focus on innovation and cultural diversity in literary translations launched for small and medium-sized publishers.

Who are the organizations behind SIDT Books?

SIDT Books is an initiative by 5 experienced stakeholder organizations across Europe.

Applications are open for participation in the SIDT training modules

SIDT Books is offering 4 free online training modules of 10 to 12 hours each, ...



The purpose of SIDT Books

Book culture and business in Europe excels in bringing a rich diversity of voices and narratives to often highly specialised and segmented audiences. Between printed books and various digital editions catered to readers and listeners of all strands, books are produced and consumed in increasingly varied ways and formats.

The vendors supporting these bookish offerings are often relatively small organisations. Due to both their size and their vocation as highly specialised cultural services, finding their audiences is a challenge in view of their limited resources.

In this situation, timely and continuous innovation is both a necessary and difficult task.

Researching new techniques and practices; experimenting with new models of authoring, production and distribution of books; and directly entertaining active communities of customers is difficult to balance with the daily professional obligations of a small company.

SIDT Books (which stands for Sustaining and Innovating cultural Diversity in literary Translation) aims to build bridges between proven innovators and practitioners.

With a mix of research and a set of hands-on training modules, SIDT Books has the skill to identify and disseminate relevant best practice models and market analyses for small and medium-sized book publishing and retail companies.

What SIDT Books has to offer

Building on research on market segments, trends and dedicated actors in the book translation publishing industry across Europe, SIDT Books proposes a set of professional training modules centred around proven business practices for authors, publishers, distributors and retailers.

Our goal for each training unit is to bring together decision makers, young talent, leading international industry experts and teachers to share their knowledge and skills as well as learn how to apply novel business practices.

SIDT Books has prepared four different and free of charge training modules, each of which proposes a unique and distinct set of skills and methods to optimise workflows, marketing and the handling of multiple formats and business models in the book sector.


Our Training Modules

Module 01: 4, 7 and 8 June 2021

Going digital in publishing: Make your mid-sized book business a front runner!

Module 02: 29 and 30 April 2021

Become a book business like a start-up: Fast, innovative, and yet high quality

Module 03: 18, 19 and 20 May 2021

Implementing innovation – Focus on marketing and supporting data analysis

Module 04: 25, 26 and 27 May 2021:

Sustaining publishing values under new economic and cultural conditions


  • Introduction of a set of innovative business practices and their implementation;
  • Classes of around 20 to 25 trainees with both experienced industry leaders and professional moderators as trainers; and
  • Several sessions, with a total of around 10 to 12 hours of online teaching backed up by homework and access to dedicated documentation.
  • Have a background in professional publishing, distribution, bookselling or author and translator management;
  • Complete a questionnaire to profile their professional background

The first training modules will be launched in April, May and June 2021 and will be repeated in fall 2021.

The SIDT board reserves the sole right to decide on participation in the training modules.

For questions regarding the participation please contact:

The Project Consortium

SIDT Books is the initiative of five partner organisations
supported by a grant under
the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme and additional national funds.

Additional sponsors of SIDT Books

Sustaining and Innovating cultural Diversity in literary Translations

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