Year of the Book honoured with book landscape on postage stamps

Jaar van het Boek geëerd met boekenlandschap op postzegels

The Hague, 2 September 2016 - PostNL is issuing a stamp sheetlet to mark the Year of the Book. Ten special books from the Royal Library are depicted on this sheet. During the opening of the Book Parade in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam today, Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaar, Chaiman of ‘Stichting 2016 jaar van het Boek’, receives the first stamp sheetlet.

The ten books shown on the stamps were selected for diversity of both genre and period, and include journals, children’s books, textbooks, picture books and literature. Appealing titles on the stamps include Turks Fruit by Jan Wolkers, Het Achterhuis by Anne Frank, Ethica by Spinoza and Oom Jan Leert zijn Neefjes Schaken by Max Euwe.

A bookscape as design

Designer Niels Schrader was pleased that PostNL shared his idea of the book landscape. “In this design, the books are spread out horizontally, photographed from different angles. For example, there are photographs of books which are open, or with the front or back cover showing, or only the spine of the book. This creates a landscape of books if you view them from above. We now call that a bookscape,” says Schrader.

Cultural education

Ludo Voorn, Marketing Director of PostNL says of the new stamp sheetlet: “A large number of organisations are paying extra attention to reading and writing this year. They are organising surprising festivals, exhibitions and book elections around these themes. With this stamp issue, PostNL also makes a contribution to the Year of the Book, and we highlight the important role that books play in the cultural education of people.”


The ten ‘Year of the Book’ stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands. These stamps will be available to purchase at all Bruna shops from 12 September and via The stamps are valid until further notice.