Who is the biggest publisher of foreign literature in the U.S.?


It’s not Random House, and it’s not a specialized indie outfit like Europa Editions or New Directions. It’s Amazon.com. Last year, the company’s translation imprint, AmazonCrossing, brought out 44 new English translations from a diverse slate of literature, including Icelandic, Turkish and Korean. That’s more translated titles than any other American publisher, according to data from Three Percent, a literary translation blog at the University of Rochester.

This year, AmazonCrossing says it expects to increase its output, projecting 70 new translations into English and 200 into German. The company has also added a dozen or so translations into a new target language: French.

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