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Poll: Do you buy the books you've translated?
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Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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Free sample Jul 24, 2014

Usually you get at least one sample (if not 5) for free.

Gudrun


 

Maja_K  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:40
Member (2013)
English to Macedonian
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Other Jul 24, 2014

Gudrun Wolfrath wrote:

Usually you get at least one sample (if not 5) for free.

Gudrun


With Gudrun here - I got one free sample of the book for which I made the translation.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:40
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Jul 24, 2014

Me too, I usually get at least one sample for free.

 

Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 22:40
Member (2012)
English to Dutch
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I'd love to Jul 24, 2014

I'd love to translate books but haven't translated any yet...

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 22:40
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Normally no Jul 24, 2014

I did buy several copies of one book - about a region of Denmark and its traditional recipes - as a Christmas present for several members of the family.

I don't often translate books at all. But one sample is plenty!


 

oxygen4u
Portugal
Local time: 21:40
English to Portuguese
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No Jul 24, 2014

The publisher gives me 5 copies.

 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 23:40
Turkish to English
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Other Jul 24, 2014

I was going to say that the only book I have ever translated has not been published, although I was given a free copy of the original book in Turkish to work from, then I just remembered that I translated three guide books from German to English that were published in 2001 and I think I was sent a free copy of each one.

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 16:40
Russian to English
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Are you kidding-- Jul 24, 2014

you usually get three copies for free. I don't need more ethan that, unless you want to give the book to someone as a gift.

Did anyone ask you to translate the book (almost for free) and then buy it?

[Edited at 2014-07-24 09:36 GMT]


 

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 22:40
English to Polish
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Should get one free of charge Jul 24, 2014

As a matter of elegance rather than justice, the translator should receive a free copy just like the author.

 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 19:40
English to Portuguese
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No - I usually get at least one courtesy copy... Jul 24, 2014

... when my name appears on the cover.

When I am a(n obviously uncredited) ghost-translator in part of it, what's the point of buying it?


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 06:40
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
No Jul 24, 2014

One usually gets a few leftover copies from the printer. I also show them to new potential customers when I meet them to show them that I'm a real 'published' translator. This beefs up my portfolio and proves to them I'm kosher. icon_smile.gif

But since 95%+ of my work is technical translation, this, unfortunately, really does not count for much.


 

Eckhard Boehle  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 22:40
English to German
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Other Jul 24, 2014

I used to work on several English-German and Spanish-German dictionaries and always got 2 free copies afterwards.
A long time ago, when I had translated an English-German dictionary on Agriculture I had the somewhat strange idea to buy some copies to give away as promotion to potential clients which I never did.
Later, I just made a copy of the list of authors in the beginning of this book and others I had worked on instead.


 

Christine Gardner  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 22:40
Member (2008)
Dutch to English
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Other - I always receive a complimentary copy Jul 24, 2014

Whether it's a non-fiction book or articles for a magazine, I always receive a copy and my name is included in the credits.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:40
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes Jul 24, 2014

I translated one book with my name on the cover (Mexico and the Oil Controversy, Lorenzo Meyer, Univ. Texas Press), and the publisher gave me 2 copies.

I also translated a book for which I received credit in the acknowledgments (The Atlantic Forest of South America, Island Press), but I had to buy that copy. It's a good reference to have on hand.

In addition, I have translated quite a few books for the Pan American Health Organization, my alma mater,which were considered works for hire and I never received credit. I often had to beg for my copies. I do enjoy keeping them, and in fact I have a whole shelf-ful.


 
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