Books and Publishing

Foto: Thienemann Verlag GmbH, Stuttgart/Wien


Just like writing, making and distributing books is also an art form. The publishing and printing companies in the Stuttgart Region are masters in this art.

There are large publishing houses and niche providers, rarities and best sellers as well as traditional and specialist printing firms. Well-known traditional publishing houses such as Reader’s Digest, Reclam and Klett have their headquarters in the region, alongside smaller specialist publishers. The reputable Hatje Cantz Verlag publishes the exhibition catalogues for the documenta and Art Basel events as well as popular illustrated books. Avedition GmbH publishes inspiring works on architecture, design, lifestyle and travel.

To print books, newspapers and magazines, there are in excess of 1,000 excellent printing firms in the Stuttgart Region. For example, Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei specialises in printing orders from the artistic field, and Papierfabrik Scheufelen marries tradition with innovation – at these paper mills, founded in 1773, master papermakers develop very special types of paper.
Then there is the Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach: the DLA, or German Literature Archive, is one of the world’s most significant literature institutions. Its collections feature a host of priceless sources of literary and intellectual history. By the way, the image shows the first page of the manuscript from Max Frisch’s “Stiller” from the Suhrkamp archive.

In response to the transition to digital in the book and publishing industry, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation teamed up with Stuttgart Media University (HdM) to create the regional competence and innovation centre “everlab”. Its objective is to help publishing houses to connect with partners from the world of digital and analogue media and from related industries as well as with scientific associations and public-sector institutions.

On this page you will also find Networks and associations related to books and publishing.

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