Join us for a seminar @BolognaBookPlus

What works, and what doesn‘t in innovation trainings for book professionals.

Meet the team of the SIDT Books pilot project for a review of their learnings after 18 months of training experiences.

Monday, March 21st, 5pm to 5.45, @BolognaBookPlus

Rūta Elijošaitytė-Kaikarė, Lithuanian Publishers Association, LLA,
Luis González, Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez
Miha Kovać, University of Ljubljana
Moderated by Ruediger Wischenbart, Content and Consulting.

Seminars are free to all visitors to the Fiere for BBPlus and  BCBF

SIDT (which stands for “Sustaining and Innovating cultural Diversity in literary Translation” – ) set out under a grant from the Creative Europe programme to build bridges between proven innovators and practitioners. In this seminar, you will hear all about the project in a review by its organizing consortium, namely the publisher Beletrina (Slovenia), Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez (Spain), the Federation of European Publishers, the Lithuanian Publishers’ Association (Vilnius), and Ruediger Wischenbart Content and Consulting (Austria).

For 18 months, 4 thorough training modules have been developed, focusing on a wide array of topics relevant to innovation practices, and each was put into practice twice with groups of European and international trainees from many different countries and professional backgrounds. Topics were ranging from ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘UX Design”, to building and handling multiformat digital title catalogues of ebooks and audiobooks, understanding niche translation markets, or how to comply with accessibility standards.

Find out more on SIDT at


Save the Date

The Fall sessions of our 3rd and 4th training Module of SIDT BOOKS IMPLEMENTING INNOVATION will be on 27th, 28th and 29th October (for module 03) and on 5th November & 2nd and 3rd December and (for module 04).

Please, save the dates. Schedules will follow in short …


Applications are open for participation in the SIDT training modules

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, held in English as a working language, on market insights and practical leanings about novel approaches in publishing between April and June 2021.

Module 01: Going digital in publishing: Make your mid-sized book business a front runner!

Dates: 4, 7 and 8 June 2021
Prepared by Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, Madrid, Spain

Module 02: Become a book business like a start-up: Fast, innovative, and yet high quality

Dates: 28, 29 and 30 April 2021
Prepared by Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, Madrid, Spain

Module 03: Implementing innovation – Focus on marketing and supporting data analysis

Dates: 18, 19 and 20 May 2021
Prepared by Beletrina Academic Press, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Module 04: Sustaining publishing values under new economic and cultural conditions

Dates: 25, 26 and 27 May 2021
Prepared by Beletrina Academic Press, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Applicants must complete a QUESTIONNAIRE

The application is open to book professionals working as publishers, distributors, retailers, translators or authors.

Who are the organizations behind SIDT Books?

Who are the organizations behind SIDT Books?

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

·       Beletrina Academic Press, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Beletrina is a leading Slovenian publishing house specializing in titles of literature and the humanities.

·       Federation of European Publishers, Brussels, Belgium

FEP is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association of 29 national associations of publishers of books, learned journals and educational materials from all over Europe.

·       Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, Madrid, Spain

FGSR is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to educational and cultural activities, focusing in particular on the dissemination and recognition of the culture of books and reading.

·       Lietuvos Leidėjų Asociacija, Vilnius, Lithuania

LLA is the Lithuanian Publishers’ Association, founded in 1989 and comprising 49 active publishing houses and non-governmental organizations with a focus on publishing.

·       Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting, Vienna, Austria

RWCC, the coordinator of SIDT Books, specializes in reports analyzing international book publishing markets and trends, and organizing professional educational and conference programmes with a focus on the book industry.

SIDT Books is supported by the European Commission under its Creative Europe programme, and various national funding programmes.

Press Release

Press Release

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

5 renowned book industry organizations team up, with support from Creative Europe, to disseminate market insights and practical learnings about novel approaches in publishing.

The SIDT initiative – standing for “Sustaining and Innovating cultural Diversity in literary Translations” – introduces a pilot project for professional trainings to small and medium sized independent publishers, distributors, and retailers across Europe.

These actors often spearhead translations of new literary voices across Europe. But in an increasingly competitive market for cultural media, including books, making such cultural diversity work commercially, too, has become a challenge to many stakeholders.

Literature needs to be catered to multiple niche audiences, in print and digital, across various distribution channels, and marketed through dedicated communities of readers. This requires venturing into innovative business and delivery practices, driven by digital tools and platforms.

Overall, 4 different training modules of around 10 to 12 hours each will be offered to interested practitioners, first between April and June 2021, and then a second time in the autumn of this year. Topics will range from “digitization of the publishing workflow”, and “radical innovation” approaches, to “user-centric marketing” and “new business models”, notably in publishing operations specializing in translated fiction.

Each module will introduce a group of around 20 to 25 trainees to market overviews and practical case studies, elements of innovative business practices and hands-on group work. Experienced industry practitioners will act as trainers, together with professional moderators.

Participation in the modules is free of charge but subject to submitting an application with a questionnaire, available (with more details on the project and the modules) at; the project management board will retain the final decision on applications.

SIDT is a joint initiative of Beletrina Academic Press, Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Federation of European Publishers, Brussels, Belgium, the Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, Madrid, Spain, Lietuvos Leidėjų Asociacija (Lithuanian Publishers’ Association), Vilnius, Lithuania, and Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting, Vienna, Austria, as a project coordinator.

The project is co-funded under the Creative Europe programme by the European Commission.

Contact and information:
SIDT Books

Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting
Laudongasse 50/7
1080 Vienna, Austria

Vienna, in March 2021