What is Renew the Book?

Renew the Book is an exciting new initiative that launched in the Fall of 2015 to bring innovative companies and thinking into the Dutch publishing industry. Sponsored by the General Publisher’s Association (GAU), the program brought in 5 startups with innovative ideas in the publishing realm for the 5 week competition that included workshops, mentoring and pitch training.

The first competition in 2015 culminated in a Finale on 9 December 2015 where startup competitor Bookarang was awarded the grand prize of 15,000 euros by the General Publishers Association. Sign up for our newsletter to stay abreast of Renew the Book’s 2016 plans

General Publishers Association (GAU)

Ever since the early ages, beautiful stories, original thoughts, poems and great ideas have inspired, moved, and engaged people because they were published. It’s our mission to keep on sharing these great stories in a way that suits the age of today. After all, new times ask for new ideas.

Wiet de Bruijn, President of the General Publisher’s Association (GAU), said: “Everywhere in the world publishers, whether in news, music or books, are seeing how digital has changed how we distribute, create and consume content. With the Renew the Book competition we want to stimulate change and are not afraid to admit that the best ideas might come from outside the publishing industry. I hope there will be revolutionary ideas among them.”

And so began the first Renew the Book startup competition sponsored by GAU.  With 5 startups, 20 mentors, workshops and insights from publishing industry disrupters, the program helped the teams hone and clarify their business models and get in-depth knowledge about the Dutch Publishing Industry.  To learn more about Renew the Book’s plans for 2016, please sign up for the newsletter.

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Herengracht 182
1016 BR Amsterdam
The Netherlands


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