Sunday, November 14, 2021

Is Your Book Translatable?


Authors can get more book sales and exposure for their stories by seeing their works translated into other languages and made available in other countries. What is the most translated book-sans religious texts? 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery originally published in the French language in France, can be found in 382 languages. It is the book that appears in more languages than any other.   

The most translated book originally published in English, produced in the U.S.A, is L. Ron Hubbard’s The Way To Happiness. 

The Adventures of Pinnochio by Carlo Colbdy, is Italy’s most translated book Originally in Italian, it can now be read in 300 languages.   

England’s most translated book is Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carrol (175 languages).  

In Denmark, Anderson’s Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson, has been translated 160 times.  

See a pattern?  Many of these are children’s books. I guess they have more universal appeal.  

When looking at books by continent, the most translated book to come out of Africa is The Upright  Revolution, in 63 languages. 

Paulo Colhelo’s The Alchemist led the charge in South America, translated into 80 languages.   

In Asia, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Ypgananda , leads all other books from the most populated continent. It’s been translated into 50 languages.   

Authors should consider getting their books translated and sold into other languages and to other countries. Many literary agents can sell foreign rights of a book to publishers overseas.   

Which languages should you seek to translate your book into? Lots of people speak those languages:  

·         Spanish

·         Japanese

·         Chinese

·         Korean

·         French

·         Russian

It may seem challenging enough to write, publish, and promote a book in English, but there’s a pay-off that awaits you in translations and foreign rights sales.  Go for it!   

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