Tell Us Translators, Are You Underpaid?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


Our lead article today discusses how a translator sued a German publishing group for paying her 15 Euros per page to translate two novels from English into German, a sum she felt was too low. As a consequence, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that translators are now entitled to claim a percentage of the proceeds of books that sell more than 5,000 copies. We want to hear from you translators: Are you underpaid, underappreciated? Translators pay varies widely in Europe and across the world. Do you feel the German system is an improvement or still lacking?

Let us know what you think in the comments below or via Twitter using hashtag #ppdiscuss.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.