Like writing, book production and distribution is an art. The publishing and printing industry in the Stuttgart Region has mastered it perfectly.

Foto: The Walking Dead © Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard

There are large publishers and niche suppliers, rarities and runs in the millions, as well as traditional and specialist printers. Well-known traditional publishers such as Reader’s Digest, Reclam and Klett are based in the region, as are smaller specialist publishers.

Inspiring information on architecture, design, lifestyle and travel can be found at avedition. Interesting facts about contemporary architecture, preservation of historical monuments or, for example, the Weissenhofsiedlung can be found at Karl Krämer Verlag. In Ludwigsburg, the Cross Cult publishing house brings internationally known comics such as Star Trek, The Walking Dead or Hellboy to the German market.

There are well over 1,000 excellent printing plants in the Stuttgart region for printing books, newspapers and magazines. For example, Dr. Cantz’sche Druckerei is a printing house for orders from the artistic field, and Papierfabrik Scheufelen is innovative by tradition: in the paper mill founded in 1773, masters of the art of papermaking develop very special papers. Or the German Literature Archive in Marbach: the DLA is one of the most important literary institutions in the world. In its collections it unites and preserves a wealth of precious sources of literary and intellectual history.

The press industry also plays a major role in the region and is strongly represented by networks and associations. For example, the Baden-Württemberg branch of the German Journalists‘ Association has its office in Stuttgart. The Association of Southwest German Newspaper Publishers and the Southwest German Magazine Publishers Association also have their headquarters in the state capital.

In order to respond to the digital change in the book and publishing industry, the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation in cooperation with MFG-Baden-Württemberg, the German Publishers & Booksellers Association and the Stuttgart Media University has set up “Everlab“, the regional competence and innovation laboratory for publishing products and media services. Everlab supports publishing houses in cooperating with partners from the digital and analogue media world, from related industries, science and public institutions. One successful project, for example, is a joint booth at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where innovative ideas from Baden-Württemberg are presented to the international publishing world.