Daring publisher makes the world a little nicer
Dif Books Inc. does things a little differently. What once started with a daring ’bookazine’ (a crossover between magazine and book) in the Netherlands and Belgium, has since grown into a publishing company that creates books intended to change the world, but in a fun way.
Dif Books Inc. New York, is part of the Dutch publishing company Brighter World/Dif Books BV from Rotterdam The Netherlands. The ten year old company is known for their famous magazine DIF. A journalistic glossy made by the most important journalists and photographers from The Netherlands. Dif Books also published the best selling series ‘52 easy ways’, the cross media project Goodies and has worked for a range of NGO’s in development projects for the Third World. Sustainability, Fair Trade, and a greener society are the important flags in the mission statement of Dif Books.
Dif Books publishes the works of the Dutch American Writers Network. A group of four writers who have committed themselves to the work of the Flying Pig Foundation. The FPF’s mission is, to support innovative pilot projects in the poor countries of the world.
Dif Books publishes books in a variety genres: youth fiction, novels, thrillers and non fiction. Dif Books also published two special cookbooks.
Dif is daring, against the grain and socially involved. Jacqui Burger, managing-director, explains: “What characterizes us as a publisher is that we try to make the world a bit nicer and more social, not only with our profits but also with our publications.” From an eco-friendly standpoint, the publisher has a preference for E-books, but also love the service that is provided in traditional bookstores. Part of the company profit is reserved for good causes. The books also often have a subject that touches society in a direct way. The series, “52 easy ways,” gives people fun and easy methods for change. But also in the novels and thrillers the writers aren’t afraid to show social injustice, albeit in an entertaining way. With over 70.000 copies sold in the Netherlands, “52 easy ways” is a regular Dutch bestseller, often used a as a inspirational gift or marketing tool.
Across the ocean:
Dif Books opened an American branch in New York the summer of 2011.Crossing over to the United States came about organically. When publishing the Dutch bestseller, ‘52 easy ways to change the world,’ there was a lot of interest in the American version of the book. The book was translated and turned out to be a good entry into the American book world. Also a number of other Dif Books titles are for sale in the United States.
Wall of Fame, situated in the Rock and Roll industry, tells an exiting story about tax-avoidance and fraud in the world of music-multinationals. In the fantasy series Tephran, child labour, human rights and the difference between rich & poor are woven into an entertaining story. In the novel, The 5 Woman Theory, the author discusses gender related issues. The humor and refreshing ideas make this book an interesting read for men trying to understand women, or the other way around.
When pigs fly…
The writers and publisher of Dif Books have agreed that part of their profits will be spent on good causes through the Flying Pig Foundation. The Flying Pig Foundation supports causes that try to battle social and economic injustice through innovative ways. One of the causes that FPF supports is the development of a prefab internet school and cafe for young people in Sierra Leone. Underneath a roof of solar panels, young people receive schooling during the day and at night they can play games and keep in touch with the rest of the world. Another project the foundation supports is Kanchipuram from the humanitarian y organization Terre des Hommes. This project deals with the bad living conditions of women and children in Indian stone quarries. FPF focuses on projects that are daring and innovative for people in poor countries. Innovation, sustainability, and fair trade are reoccurring themes in this mission.
Fons Burger (Zandvoort, Netherlands, 1952) is a writer, journalist and musician. In the seventies he was a war correspondent in countries such as Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Iraq. He worked as an investigative journalist for one of the leading illustrated magazines in the Netherlands of which later he became the editor in chief. In 1985 he began a musical career and founded famous pop venues Nighttown and Rotown. In the Netherlands Fons Burger wrote the novel ‘Vrouwen’, the thriller ‘De Martelaren van Lot,’ and most recently the humoristic literary thriller ‘SMITH, het Tie Wrap Mystery’. For the books ‘ Tephran’ (fantasy for (young) adults) and ‘Wall of Fame’ (adventure novel) Fons used the pseudonyms Paula King and Frank Jansen.
Jacqui Burger (Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1965) is the director of Brighter World -Dif Books and the publishing companies Dif Books Inc and Dif Books. In a previous life Jacqui worked for Shell and Ericson but she started her own company in 1995. Her communication agency has since then merged with Fons Burgers Companies. In 1998 they became partners for life and they got married in 2001. Jacqui and Fons wrote the successful series “52 easy ways” together.
Combined they have four kids.
Booktitels brought out in the USA
– The 5 Woman Theory
– Tephran, the secret of the volcano
– Wall of Fame, quest for her father
– 52 easy ways to change the world from your workplace
All books are available as paper books and e-books for Kindle, Nook and i-Pad.
BrighterWorld/Dif Books BV,
Heemraadssingel 221, 3023 CD Rotterdam, The Netherlands
T 00 31 10 2443444 M firstname.lastname@example.org
Dif Books Inc.
248 East 44th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017
T 3477676920 M email@example.com
In the Netherlands Dif Books works with The Dutch press agency Miss Publicity. For more information please contact Clarissa Slingerland through Clarissa@misspublicity.nl or call +31 (0)10 214 0593. You can also take a look at the pressroom on their website www.misspublicity.nl. In this virtual pressroom you will find current information about Dif Books. Outside of office hours you can call +31 (0)6 54 20 09 66.