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.

On 1 October 2015, Fontaine Uitgevers BV, and thus also the marketing company Schuyt & Co BV, will join Nieuw Amsterdam BV. “The reason for this decision was the wish of my co-shareholder, who is elderly, to withdraw financially from the publishing company. When he voiced this wish, which I consider perfectly reasonable, I took a careful look at the possibilities available to enable this change to work out well. Finally I concluded that a complete takeover by a powerful party in the book business would offer the best chances of continuity for everyone – personnel, authors and myself. In Nieuw Amsterdam BV, Fontaine has found a publishing group that is firmly embedded in the industry and operates with a major focus on quality and sustainability,” says Martin Fontijn, the managing director of Fontaine Uitgevers.

Nieuw Amsterdam consists of the publishing companies Nieuw Amsterdam, Wereldbibliotheek and Bas Lubberhuizen, and is convinced that Fontaine is a perfect fit with its existing publishing activities. “Fontaine had been high on our list of possible candidates for acquisition for some time. Its good reputation in the publishing world, and the facts that it operates internationally in the higher market segment and is financially healthy, mean that Fontaine will further strengthen our publishing division both financially and in terms of content,” says Boudewijn Poelmann, CEO and founder of Novamedia. Apart from Nieuw Amsterdam, Novamedia also owns the online bookshop BookSpot and the Scheltema bookshop in Amsterdam.

About Fontaine
Fontaine Uitgevers publishes well-produced, high-quality books on food, history and culture, science and technology and nature for the Dutch market. Fontaine Uitgevers has a wholly owned subsidiary - the marketing company Schuyt & Co BV - that provides sales and distribution for a number of smaller, independent publishers in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Fontaine Uitgevers has a number of very successful authors in its portfolio including the internationally celebrated cookery writers Yotam Ottolenghi and Claudia Roden, the cookery writer Yvette van Boven, who is well-known for her Home-Made books, the Delicious series and science journalist Govert Schilling.

About Nieuw Amsterdam
The publishing companies Nieuw Amsterdam, Wereldbibliotheek and Bas Lubberhuizen focus on the market for serious readers in The Netherlands. Nieuw Amsterdam publishes books in the Dutch language and particularly English language literature, culture in the broadest sense, sport, crime and history with titles such as Made in Europe by Pieter Steinz and The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Wereldbibliotheek has a broad literature list including many classics and philosophy. Major titles are Joseph and his Brothers by Thomas Mann, Ripper and The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende.

The publisher Bas Lubberhuizen focuses chiefly on Amsterdam, art and photography. Amsterdam Onbewolkt is one of its major titles alongside De blonde neger by Joseph Roth, Amsterdam! by Ed van der Elsken (with Top Notch and Lecturis), and Gerard Heineken. De man, de stad en het bier by Annejet van der Zijl (with Querido). The publishing companies also publish three journals: De Parelduiker, Amstelodamum and Hollands Maandblad.

Together they publish about 150 titles a year.