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About No Peanuts! for Translators

No Peanuts! supports professional translators & interpreters in demanding & receiving a living wage for their work.

Those Who Coerce & Those Who Get Right with Translators

The New York publisher, Europa Editions, founded in 2005 by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri (an Italian married couple who also own the Rome-based press, Edizioni E/O, and who operate both publishing houses), is one of the U.S.’s most prolific publishers … Continue reading

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Translators Without Borders: Pro Bono … or Cui Bono?

Is Translators Without Borders a force for good … or just another front for the translation industry’s corporate sausage-makers?  “We have the Silvio Berlusconi of translation and a host of others representing companies with significant interests in the commoditization and sometimes … Continue reading

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AmazonCrossing Will Meet European Translators in Frankfurt to Discuss Contract Disputes

 At issue, irregularities in terms and conditions of AmazonCrossing literary translation contracts Two years of united resistance by German, Italian, and French translators a decisive factor in persuading Amazon to meet Following two years of resistance and organizing by European translators’ associations in … Continue reading

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Translation Today: New Opportunities for Bondage and Poverty

It’s not true that the translation profession is in trouble! Kevin Lossner describes the new employment opportunities available to today’s translators: chattel labor, indentured servitude, linguistic sausage production, slavelance, cog in the profit gears, bulk-market bog slopper, digital sharecropper. Essential reading for those floundering … Continue reading

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Don’t Babel – Don’t Crowd-Source – Don’t Call Yourself a Professional If All You Do is McTranslate

Further to our Facebook and Twitter posts about Unbabel, the latest entry in the “let’s swarm over the devastated battlefield of the translation profession and see if we can pick a few pockets before the corpses get too ripe” competition, we were … Continue reading

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Kelly Marek & TransPerfect – Who are you calling a One-Percenter?

So the New York Times, bringing to public attention the harrowing saga of “serial renters” in the Big Apple, dropped this intriguing item in its Real Estate section last March 28: Kelly Marek, 30 … a global account director for TransPerfect, a … Continue reading

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Agreement Between the German Translators’ Association and Publishers

[Translated from the press release issued by the Italian Editorial Translators’ Union, STradE; read it in Italian here.] ___________________________________________ On April 1, 2014, the German association of literary translators, the VdÜ (Verband deutschsprachiger Übersetzer literarischer und wissenschaftlicher Werke), and a group … Continue reading

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