The Book Week is an annual event, since 1932, for the promotion of Dutch books. It's organised by 'Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek' (CPNB, Collective Propaganda for the Dutch Book).

Dutch booksellers give their customers the book week gift for free during the Book Week when they buy Dutch books for a minimum amount of money. In 2002 and 2003 this amount was 11.11 euro. Since 2004 this amount is 11.50 euro. In 2010 this amount increases to 12.50 euro. Since 2008 the book week gift is also given to new members of public libraries.

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) are the main sponsor of CPNB since 2001. One of the promotianal activities is one day of free travel in the NS trains (within the Netherlands) during the Book Week ("Boekenweek") for passengers on presentation of the book week gift.

Since 2008 the book week gift is also valid in the trains of Arriva, Veolia, Connexxion and Syntus. Five years later the book week gift becomes valid in the trains of the (then) new company Breng.

In 2004 a surplus of two euros had to be paid.

date number of passengers Arriva Breng Connexxion NS NS Hispeed NS International Syntus Veolia
17 March 2002 unknown                
15 March 2003 100,000                
21 March 2004 200,000                
13 March 2005 100,000                
19 March 2006 150,000                
18 March 2007 170,000                
16 March 2008 200,000                
15 March 2009 180,000                
14 March 2010 210,000                
10 March 2011 200,000                
18 March 2012 200,000                
24 March 2013 235,000                
16 March 2014 240,000                
15 March 2015 240,000                
20 March 2016 250,000                
2 April 2017 250,000                

year author title isbn circulation
2002 Anna Enquist De ijsdragers 90-74336-70-1 747,000
2003 Ronald Giphart Gala 90-74336-82-5 780,000
2004 Thomas Rosenboom Spitzen 90-74336-98-1 756,000
2005 Jan Wolkers Zomerhitte 90-9565-012-3 750,000
2006 Arthur Japin De grote wereld 90-5965-027-1 813,000
2007 Geert Mak De brug 978-90-5965-046-6 890,000
Geert Mak Köprü unknown 20,000
2008 Bernlef De pianoman 978-90-956-5062-6 960,000
2009 Tim Krabbé Een tafel vol vlinders 978-90-5965-084-8 968,000
2010 Joost Zwagerman Duel 978-90-5965-104-3 958,000
2011 Kader Abdolah De kraai 978-90-5965-123-4 951,000
2012 Tom Lanoye Heldere hemel 978-90-5965-149-4 833,000
2013 Kees van Kooten De verrekijker 978-90-596-5191-3 750,000
2014 Tommy Wieringa Een mooie jonge vrouw 978-90-5965-234-7 655,000
2015 Dimitri Verhulst De zomer hou je ook niet tegen 978-90-5965-274-3 723,000
2016 Esther Gerritsen Broer 978-90-5965-360-3 655,000
2017 Herman Koch Makkelijk leven   657,150
2018 Griet op de Beeck      

Since 2015 the books have a QR code on the rear to open ticket barriers on the stations.

© 2004-2017