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The diversity of Berlin's book and print media market is unique in Germany. Small, innovative publishing houses operate alongside international scientific and trade publishers in Germany's capital.

10,000 publications annually and about 300 book and 500 periodical publishers make Berlin the major publishing center in Germany. Axel Springer AG, a key media corporation in Europe and the largest German newspaper publisher, has its headquarters in Berlin. Springer Science + Business Media, Ullstein, Cornelsen, Suhrkamp, Walter de Gruyter, Egmont Ehapa and Hansa Verlag are also based in Berlin.

Why Berlin?

Kai Diekmann

»As Germany's largest newspaper, we have to accept Berlin's new role. To live in Berlin is to know the news first.«

Kai Diekmann, publisher of the BILD Group

Moreover, Berlin is the capital of bookstores and authors, with about 400 bookstores and 60 percent of the P.E.N. members living in Berlin. Major industry associations like the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger e. V. - BDVZ), the Association of German Magazine Publishers (Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger - VDZ) and the Federal Press Conference (Bundespressekonferenz) are also based in Berlin.

The diversity of the publishing landscape in the capital region is unique within Germany:

  • 13 daily newspapers
  • 9 weekly newspapers
  • 3 Sunday editions
  • 15 alternative weekly or local arts and events papers
  • 79 advertising journals
  • Numerous national general interest and specialty periodicals

As the metropolis in Germany in which the widest variety of magazines on lifestyle, arts and culture is published, the city is an ideal test market for new formats.  Internationally renowned publishers of scientific and trade literature as well as non-fiction are also based in Berlin.

With over 800 printing facilities, Berlin is one of the four major German printing industry hubs next to Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main and Munich. 

All together, the regional books and periodicals sector encompasses over 4,800 companies with around 38,000 employees.

Publishers and book trade in Berlin

Publishers and book trade in Berlin

Use our interactive industry map to learn about selected locations and infrastructure conditions.

Industry Map

Berlin: europe's newspaper capital

Ten daily newspapers are based in Berlin, more than in any other European region (Berliner Kurier, Berliner Morgenpost, Berliner Zeitung, Bild, B.Z., Neues Deutschland, Tagesspiegel, taz, Die Welt, Welt kompakt). In addition, numerous scientific and specialty magazines are published in Berlin, including Finanztest and Cicero.

Worldwide demand for news from Berlin

News from the German capital is in demand worldwide: over 20 major German and international news agencies have offices in the German capital, including Reuters, dpa, DAPD, AFP and ANSA.

Over 60 national and international television broadcasters, 94 regional daily papers and 20 national or international newspapers and magazines including DER SPIEGEL, Stern and DIE ZEIT maintain correspondents in Berlin or have a bureau there.

Around 2,000 journalists are accredited with the Federal Press Conference (Bundespressekonferenz).

(Sources: Senate Administration for Economics, Technology and Research (Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung), the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers (Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger e. V. - BDVZ), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH 2009)

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