If you want to become a translator, then you must develop a reading habit. You should read for developing your skills as a translator. In the field of translation, you must work fast to earn more money. You must improve your source and target language. Reading some handy books will improve your translation skills. They will help you find new words and expression to reach a top level. In this article, I recommend 10 books every translator should read.

  1. Translation as a Profession 

Translation as a Profession is a masterpiece written by Roger Chriss. Chriss himself is a professional translator. He has a huge experience of almost 14 years working in the translation industry. In this book, you will find tips and tricks related to becoming a professional translator. The book includes handy informations about employment opportunities for freelancers or corporate translators. You must read this book for getting a better overview of the translation industry.

  1. The Translator’s Handbook 

The Translator’s Handbook by Morry Sofer has been serving as a guide for translators since 1997. Translators get an idea about the use of digital tools in translation after reading this book. It contains great tips and tricks for beginners and experienced translators. Sofer published the 7th revised edition of the book recently. You will also find dictionaries in more than 70 languages in The Translator’s Handbook.

  1. Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything

Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything is written by David Bellos. In this book, Bellos talks about the history and importance of translation. He argues that there would be no world news without translation. He asks  important translation related questions in his book. He talks about the importance of human translation over machine translation. You will surely know a lot of new things and ideas after reading this classical book. It is one of the most recommended books for all translators to make their thinking broader.

  1. The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation      

The Entrepreneurial Linguist: The Business-School Approach to Freelance Translation is written by twin translators named Judy and Dagmar Jenner. If you know a language, then you can turn out to be an entrepreneurial linguist. It is a vast field as far as world relations are concerned. The countries across the world are coming closer to each other with over time. It has increased the demand for translation and translators. This book highlights the ways to market yourself as a translator and find direct clients. You can use the internet to find your clients and start working with them from your home.


  1. How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator

The Internet has made it possible for us to talk to anyone across the globe in a convenient manner. How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator by Corrine McKay is for those willing to run a profitable freelance translation business. It includes all necessary informations related to setting up your business as a freelance translator. You will find tips and tricks about designing an attractive resume, finding appropriate clients and developing a workable home office. The book also talks about the role of social media in finding potential clients. You must read this book if you want to take your translation career up to new heights.

  1. Marketing Tips for Translators

Tess Witty collected business tips from professional translators through podcast interviews in the form of Marketing Tips for Translators. The marketing of yourself and your business is the most important aspect of getting success. You can learn a lot from experienced translators if you are a beginner. This book includes important information taken from the experienced translator related to  marketing tips for translators. You will find new ways to get more clients and establish good relations with your existing clients after reading this masterpiece written by Witty.

  1. Translator’s Market: The Giant Book of Translation Agencies: Find Work and Get Paid as a Freelance Translator 

Clint Tustison wrote this book, Translator’s Market: The Giant Book of Translation Agencies: Find Work and Get Paid as a Freelance Translator, to help translators find new clients. Freelance translators always have a fear in their mind about losing their existing clients. They do not know when their clients will stop asking for more work. This book will help them know how to find new clients. It includes a directory of more than 1000 translation agencies.

  1. The General Theory of the Translation Company

The General Theory of the Translation Company by Renato Beninatto and Tucker Johnson includes an overview of creating a translation company. The targeted audiences of this book are freelancer translators, in-house translators, translation managers, and language service providers. If you are interested in owning a translation company, then you have to read this book.

  1. The Prosperous Translator

Chris Durban, the writer of The Prosperous Translator, has an experience of decades in the field of translation. He gave some important pieces of advice to all new and experienced translators. He highlighted the ways to find new clients, increase prices and improve translation skills in this book. If you want to get invaluable advice from an experienced translator, then it is the best book you should read.   

  1. Translation and Globalization

If you are interested in translation, then you must read Translation and Globalization by Michael Cronin. Translation is a multi-million-dollar industry. It is experiencing some major changes, especially because of technology. Cronin highlighted these changes to help all translators across the globe. It is a useful book to be read by those who want to learn about translation deeply.