As of July 2019, high-profile literary publishing house Podium will pursue its activities as part of Publishing House Nieuw Amsterdam, thereby reinforcing Nieuw Amsterdam’s literary character. From this strong platform, director Joost Nijsen, who founded Podium in 1997, expects to be able to offer his authors even better support and commercial opportunities.



Even more prize money 

In addition to the BookSpot Literature Prize, BookSpot will become the title sponsor of the Gouden Strop (Golden Noose) and Schaduwprijs (Shadow Award). BookSpot will be raising the prize money by awarding €1,000 to the BookSpot Gouden Strop nominees and the winner’s prize will be doubled from €10,000 to €20,000. And the prize money for the winner of the BookSpot Schaduwprijs will be doubled from €1,000 to €2,000.


Acquisitions expected; Susan Smit and Arthur Japin ambassadors.

As of 1 March, eci will continue as BookSpot. The change in name is a consequence of all changes that have taken place and will take place at eci. BookSpot.nl and BookSpot.be want to become the place of choice where everything focuses on books.


The ECI Literature Prize for the best Dutch-language literary book of the past year has gone to De mensengenezer by Koen Peeters. This year the prize was awarded for the 31st time by a jury consisting of Dutch and Flemish critics in the Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. In addition to a cash prize of €50,000, the author was also presented with the statue symbolising the award. Koen Peeters was also presented with the ECI Readers’ Prize earlier in the evening.