Books in the Netherlands

As of 2018, Wolters Kluwer ranks as the Netherlands' biggest publisher of books in terms of revenue.[2][3][4] Other notable Dutch houses include Brill (est. 1683) and Elsevier (est. 1880; now part of UK-based RELX Group).[5]


Printed books first appeared in the 1470s in places such as Delft, Deventer, Gouda, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Zwolle, and in the 1480s in places such as Haarlem, Leiden, and 's-Hertogenbosch.[6][7]

Among Dutch bestsellers are titles such as the 17th century "Lusthof des Gemoets" by Jan Philipsz Schabaelje.[8][9]

The Stichting Drukwerk in de Marge (printing society) formed in 1975, and organizes an annual Boekkunstbeurs (book fair).[10] Bibliophiles in 1991 organized the Nederlands Genootschap van Bibliofielen.[11]

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization named Amsterdam the 2008 World Book Capital.


The Leiden University Library began in 1575, and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (royal library) in The Hague in 1798. Since 1919, the Nederlandse Centrale Catalogus lists titles in Dutch libraries.

See also


  1. Alphabetische naamlijst van boeken (in Dutch), Gebroeders van Cleef, 1832, Welke sedert het jaar 1790...1831, in Noord-Nederland zijn uitgekomen
  2. "The World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2018", Publishers Weekly, US, 265 (38), 14 September 2018
  3. "World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2017", Publishers Weekly, US, 25 August 2017
  4. "World's 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016", Publishers Weekly, US, 26 August 2016
  5. Euromedia Research Group; Mary Kelly; et al., eds. (2004). "Netherlands: Book Publishing". Media in Europe (3rd ed.). Sage Publications. ISBN 978-0-7619-4132-3.
  6. Proctor 1898.
  7. "(Place:NL)", Incunabula Short Title Catalogue: the International Database of 15th-century European Printing, UK: British Library, retrieved 9 December 2017 (Bibliography of editions published in the Netherlands; also browsable by town)
  8. Piet Visser (2009), "De "Lusthof des gemoets" van Jan Philipsz Schabaelje: het populairste Nederlandse boek uit de Gouden Eeuw", in Jan Bos; Erik Geleijns (eds.), Boekenwijsheid: drie eeuwen kennis en cultuur in 30 bijzondere boeken (in Dutch), ISBN 9789057306259
  9. "Jan Philipsz Schabaelje, 1585?-1656". WorldCat. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  10. "Over ons". (in Dutch). Drukwerk in de Marge. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  11. "Over het Genootschap". (in Dutch). Nederlands Genootschap van Bibliofielen. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
This article incorporates information from the Dutch Wikipedia.


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  • Nieuwsblad voor de boekhandel [Newspaper for the book trade] (in Dutch), 1834–1980, ISSN 0028-9965CS1 maint: date format (link)
  • De Boekenwereld: tijdschrift voor boek en prent [Book World] (in Dutch), ISSN 0168-8391 1984-
  • Boekenpost: tijdschrift voor de liefhebber van boeken, strips en boekencuriosa [Book Post: magazine for the lover of books] (in Dutch), ISSN 0928-4230 1992-
  • Jaarboek voor Nederlandse Boekgeschiedenis [Yearbook for Dutch Book History] (in Dutch), Nederlandse Boekhistorische Vereniging, ISSN 1381-0065 1994-
  • Piet J. Buijnsters (2010). Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse bibliofilie. Boek- en prentverzamelaars 1750-2010 [History of the Dutch bibliophile: book and print collectors] (in Dutch). Nijmegen. ISBN 9789460040436.
  • Erica van Boven (2015). Bestsellers in Nederland, 1900-2015 (in Dutch). Antwerp: Garant. ISBN 978-90-441-3288-5.
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