Audax Group today announces the acquisition of online bookstore BookSpot. BookSpot, with its in-depth e-commerce expertise and large collection of Dutch and English books, e-books, music, films and series and games is a valuable addition to the Audax Group. Not just the established e-commerce platform, but also the experienced people of BookSpot will enable Audax to accelerate its e-commerce ambitions for both its own physical stores and those of its franchisees. BookSpot will remain active under the current name.

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. and 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.

Books from Amsterdam’s famous bookstore available throughout the Netherlands

With the opening of the first of ten department stores approaching fast, Hudson’s Bay and the Scheltema bookstore today announced their partnership. A selection of books specifically chosen by Scheltema will be available for sale at the new department stores. During the second-half of August, Hudson’s Bay will open its first department store along the Rokin in the heart of Amsterdam. Hudson’s Bay’s opening in the Netherlands will be celebrated after 19 September.

The publishing company Fontaine is joining Nieuw Amsterdam. This will allow the Dutch publisher of books such as the cookery books of Claudia Roden and Yotam Ottolenghi to continue its activities in their present form and with the same personnel following the departure of one of its owners. Nieuw Amsterdam intends this takeover to further strengthen its market position.

Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam – Wereldbibliotheek, a subsidiary of Novamedia will be taking over Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen with effect from 1 January 2015. Before the end of January, the publishing house will be moving with all its employees to the building on the Johannes Vermeerstraat in Amsterdam. Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen will serve as a top-quality supplement to the two existing publishing houses. Intensive cooperation will both increase its own strength and opportunities, as well as those of Nieuw Amsterdam and Wereldbibliotheek.

From 1 January 2015, ECI will be the new partner of the Annual Literature Prize for Fiction and Non-fiction Foundation (Stichting Jaarlijkse Literatuurprijs voor Fictie en Non-fictie). From then on, the AKO Literature Prize will be known as the ECI Literature Prize. The prize will continue to be worth €50,000.

In the first half of 2015, after 30 years on the Koningsplein, bookshop Scheltema will be moving to Rokin 9-15 near the exit from the future North-South metro line. There it will become part of the “red carpet” – the new entrance to the city of Amsterdam. Today, the bookshop has signed a rental agreement with investor and developer the EMMES Group, that owns the building.

Social enterprise Novamedia has acquired the publisher Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam from Sauer Nederland Holding BV and Cella Media BV, which both held a 50% interest in the company. Nieuw Amsterdam recently expanded through the purchase of publisher Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek. Novamedia bases its work on a vision that the world benefits from strong social organisations and well-informed citizens. The acquisition of ECI and Nieuw Amsterdam, which will continue as an independent publishing house, fits this vision perfectly.