Novamedia undertakes activities in the field of publishing that contribute directly to well-informed citizens and to the pleasure of reading. Novamedia has always been active in new and traditional media. In the past, it was co-owner of the Call Factory and of Independent Media, which launched The Moscow Times and Cosmopolitan in Russia in the late nineties. Currently, Novamedia has a 100% interest in Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers, the online Bookshop eci and the bookstore Scheltema.

With the opening of the first of ten department stores approaching fast, Hudson’s Bay and the Scheltema bookstore today announced their partnership. A selection of books specifically chosen by Scheltema will be available for sale at the new department stores. During the second-half of August, Hudson’s Bay will open its first department store along the Rokin in the heart of Amsterdam. Hudson’s Bay’s opening in the Netherlands will be celebrated after 19 September.

Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers is a dynamic, independent publishing house consisting of Bas Lubberhuizen, Fontaine Uitgevers, Nieuw Amsterdam and Wereldbibliotheek. It is specialised in high-quality books and publishes fiction as well as non-fiction in the categories of literature, art, culture, science, society, lifestyle and current affairs, with a focus on the Dutch market.

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Eci was founded in 1967 as a book club, which purpose was to encourage reading in the Netherlands. It was restarted by Novamedia in 2014. Eci’s mission is to encourage the reading of books, fuelled by the conviction that reading books makes people more empathic, creative and intelligent. As such, a population who reads, aids to make the world a better place. Since its relaunch, eci has moved away from the traditional subscription model. Its approximately 70 book-loving employees have transformed eci into an online bookshop, focussing on providing personalised book advice and inspiration, and where loyal customers are rewarded with a 20% discount. 

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Scheltema is an icon in Amsterdam: it was established in 1853 near Dam Square and the Rokin, and soon became one of the leading book stores in the capital. Scheltema later moved to Koningsplein, where it remained till 2014. With the take-over by Novamedia, Scheltema moved to a monumental building at the Rokin, and returned to its historical roots.

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