Even more prize money 

In addition to the BookSpot Literature Prize, BookSpot will become the title sponsor of the Gouden Strop (Golden Noose) and Schaduwprijs (Shadow Award). BookSpot will be raising the prize money by awarding €1,000 to the BookSpot Gouden Strop nominees and the winner’s prize will be doubled from €10,000 to €20,000. And the prize money for the winner of the BookSpot Schaduwprijs will be doubled from €1,000 to €2,000.


Acquisitions expected; Susan Smit and Arthur Japin ambassadors.

As of 1 March, eci will continue as BookSpot. The change in name is a consequence of all changes that have taken place and will take place at eci. BookSpot.nl and BookSpot.be want to become the place of choice where everything focuses on books.


Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 now underway
Starting on Thursday, 1 March, green start-ups from all over the world can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. The competition has expanded to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner. 


Actor and environmental activist special guest on Postcode Lottery charity gala
At the annual event at which the Dutch Postcode Lottery donated a total of 357.5 million euro to more than 100 charitable organisations, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke as special guest. He spoke on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he established in 1998. In his speech, he expressed his concern regarding the irreversible effects that greed and indifference are having on our planet. It was his awareness of this that led him to establish his foundation, with which he wants to work on a solution to turn the tide and to motivate as many people as possible. DiCaprio: "If we can replicate more innovative models like the Dutch Postcode Lottery that raise far more resources for the people on the ground making a real, tangible difference we stand a chance at turning the tide and protecting this beautiful planet.”


Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again third in the City A.M. Charity Index 2017, which collates the biggest private charity donors in the world. Every year, British business newspaper City A.M. publishes a ranking of the world’s biggest donors to charitable organisations.

Numbers one and two are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (United States) and the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom). The list is compiled by Professor Theo Schuyt and his team of the VU University Amsterdam.


Newsroom archive

  1. The ECI Literature Prize 2017 and the ECI Readers' Prize 2017 have gone to De mensengenezer by Koen Peeters
  2. Postcode Lottery receives licence in Norway
  3. Rwandan start-up EarthEnable wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  4. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  5. Hudson's Bay department store opts for Scheltema as book partner
  6. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  7. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  8. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  9. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  10. Founders donate their stake in Novamedia
  11. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  12. Martin Michael Driessen wins the 2016 ECI Literature Prize with Rivieren
  13. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  14. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  15. Petra Lubbers moves to Novamedia
  16. Ruud Esser stops as CFO of Novamedia on 1 May
  17. Josja Zijlstra and Ruud Esser are new directors of Nieuw Amsterdam
  18. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  19. Jeroen Brouwers wins the ECI Literature Prize 2015 with Het hout
  20. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  21. Nieuw Amsterdam acquires the Fontaine publishing house
  22. Nieuw Amsterdam - Wereldbibliotheek takes over Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen
  23. AKO Literature Prize becomes the ECI Literature Prize
  24. Bookshop Scheltema is back on Rokin
  25. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  26. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  27. Boudewijn Poelmann in Fortune Magazine’s Top 25 Eco-innovators in the world
  28. Novamedia breathes new life into the Scheltema bookshop
  29. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  30. Novamedia acquires Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam
  31. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  32. Novamedia acquires ECI book club and webshop
  33. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  34. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  35. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  36. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  37. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  38. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities