Carl Hanser Publishing House

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Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

legal form GmbH & Co. KG
founding 1928
Seat Munich , Germany
management Wolfgang Beisler, Jo Lendle , Oliver Rohloff
Number of employees 200
sales 50 million euros
Branch Book publisher

The Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1928 by Carl Hanser in Munich founded and is one of the few medium-sized publishing companies in German-speaking countries, which are still owned by the founding family.


Headquarters of the Hanser literary publishers in Munich-Bogenhausen (2020)

From the beginning, the publishing house has been active in the two different areas of fiction and specialist literature , with the publishing activities in the area of ​​fiction being suspended from 1933 to 1946. The foundation stone of the specialist publisher was laid with the participation in the magazine Betriebstechnik and the incorporation into the publisher in 1933. The activity in the sector of specialist journals is still another mainstay today with 21 titles in addition to literature and specialist books.

The founder Carl Hanser retired from active publishing management in 1976 and died in 1985. Since 1996, Wolfgang Beisler, one of Carl Hanser's grandchildren, has been part of the management. Michael Krüger was managing director here until 2013; he was followed by Jo Lendle .

In 1961, Carl Hanser Verlag was one of eleven founding partners of Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (dtv), and in 1954 he was one of the founders of the book series The Books of the Nineteen . The book series Bibliotheca Dracula was published from 1969 to 1974 . In 1993 the joint venture "Hanser Gardner Publications, Inc." was founded in Cincinnati / Ohio . In the same year the publishing house expanded its activities to include children's and youth literature . In 1995 Hanser took over the specialist book publisher Leipzig and the Sanssouci Verlag . Since 1999 the Hanser books for children and young people have been published by dtv as paperbacks under the name "Reihe Hanser" . In 1993, Hanser Verlag was one of the founders of "DHV - Der Hörverlag " in the audio book sector . The book artist Claus Seitz has been responsible for the production since the 1970s . In 2003 he was followed by Stefanie Schelleis.

In 2010 the publisher was one of the few publishers in Germany that did not belong to a large group. Around 200 people were employed at the Munich and Leipzig locations and achieved sales of around 50 million euros. Subsidiaries are (as of 2010) Paul Zsolnay Verlag in Vienna, acquired in 1996, with Deuticke Verlag , acquired in 2004 , Nagel & Kimche Verlag in Zurich , acquired in 1999, Sanssouci Verlag and Hanser Publications, LLC (Cincinnati / USA). Participations exist in the DHV and dtv. Since November 2010, the Hanser Group has also included Henrich Publications GmbH, based in Gilching near Munich, a publisher for technical journals with readers mainly in the manufacturing industry, mechanical engineering, metal processing and electrical engineering, in-house logistics and the energy industry.

In 2011 the subsidiary "Hanser Berlin" was founded, which started with the 2012 autumn program. Initially, the managing director was the editor Elisabeth Ruge . In 2013 she retired from Hanser Verlag, and Karsten Kredel took over the management of "Hanser Berlin" .

According to the 2010 publisher's survey by Cicero magazine , Hanser was the most important publisher for German-language literature in 2010, with authors such as Herta Müller , Martin Mosebach , Reinhard Jirgl and David Grossman . In the field of children's and young people's books, Hanser was able to secure the rights of several important authors. Among others, David Almond , John Green , Finn-Ole Heinrich , Janne Teller , Peter Pohl and Rafik Schami write for Hanser . The work of the publisher was awarded the Virus Thrower Prize at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair .

Headquarters of the Hanser Fachverlag in Munich-Bogenhausen (2020)

Hanser Fachbuch publishes specialist and non-fiction books in the fields of computers, technology, economics and knowledge. With its computer books, the publisher covers the areas of programming, software development, IT and project management as well as online marketing and is aimed at experts and users. The blog Hanser Update was discontinued in January 2019.

In 2011 the publisher was awarded the Marion Samuel Prize . The new edition of the autobiographical work Is that a person? by Primo Levi (1919–1987), who was imprisoned in Auschwitz for eleven months and who in 1946 had put the incredible horror out of fresh memories on paper.

At the end of 2018, Hanser Fachverlag gave up its Leipzig location; according to the publisher, this decision had organizational and economic reasons. The logo of the specialist book publisher Leipzig has been omitted in the new editions of the corresponding titles since early 2019.

The “hanserblau” publishing part, headed by Ulrike von Stenglin , started in spring 2019 . In the future, “catchy narrated, action-driven contemporary novels and current opinionated non-fiction books” are to appear here, mainly in paperback.


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  • Reinhard Wittmann : The Carl Hanser Verlag 1928–2003. A publishing story . Carl Hanser, Munich 2005. ISBN 978-3-446-20403-4 .

Web links

Commons : Carl Hanser Verlag  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Stefanie Schelleis new production manager at Hanser Literaturverlage | Book market. May 22, 2003, accessed on January 23, 2020 (German).
  3. Felicitas von Lovenberg : No stone is left unturned : The most important start-up on the German book market is Hanser Berlin. Elisabeth Ruge, who is responsible for the program, and Hanser publisher Michael Krüger reveal their big plans. In: FAZ , December 27, 2011, page 21.
  4. Iris Radisch: Patriarchal solution. Die Zeit, May 24, 2013, accessed on March 14, 2015 .
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  9. hanserblau will be launched in 2019. In: BuchMarkt Online. March 5, 2018, accessed November 9, 2019 .