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The publisher is the head of a publishing house for books , magazines , newspapers , sheet music , calendars or other media products (CDs, DVDs, online media, PC software, games, etc.). He is (often) responsible for the publisher in its entirety as owner or managing director. The publisher ultimately decides in which publications a publisher invests (publish = submit), not only for the production and reproduction of the medium, but also for its distribution and marketing, which he is obliged to do in the publishing contract with an author and what he is doing has to worry about. The publisher bears the financial responsibility and determines the guidelines for editing , production and distribution , but also - as early as the 16th century for authors (for example Martin Crusius , who wrote regretfully in a diary from 1593: “ It is a misery that we according to the publishers ”) - for content.

According to Fritz J. Raddatz , editor-in-chief and deputy head of Rowohlt Verlag from 1960 to 1969 , “ the true publisher must be ... father and mother, nurse and disciplinarian, believer and claimant, duelist and second, confessor and altar boy, saint and whore . He must have the brain of a philosopher, the gaze of a radiologist, the gentleness of a nurse. There is one thing he must by no means have: a life of his own . "

In the past, clients were called 'publishers' in the publishing system .

German-speaking publishers

Well-known publishers outside the German-speaking area

Publisher of the Year

Since 1994, the industry magazine BuchMarkt has been honoring a “ Publisher of the Year ”.

See also


  • Rita Galli, Edda Hattebier, Sigrid Weiss, Kathrin Arndts (eds.): Of all books: 31 publishing self-portraits . Links, Berlin 1998, ISBN 978-3-86153-167-8 .
  • Klaus G. Saur : Dream job as a publisher . Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2011, ISBN 978-3-455-50165-0 .
  • Siegfried Unseld : The author and his publisher . Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1985, ISBN 978-3-518-37704-8 .
  • J. Benzing: The German publishers of the 16th and 17th centuries , in: Archive for the history of books (AGB), Sauer, Munich 18/1977, 1077-1322, ISSN  0066-6327
  • André Schiffrin: Publishers without publishers - on the future of books , Wagenbach, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-8031-2387-9 .
  • Wolfgang E. Heinold, Ulrich Ernst Huse et al .: Books and bookmakers: publishers as trading centers for ideas and information; Select, calculate and market content; from publisher to reader - the industry network. People and professions related to book making; Books - sensual media yesterday, today and in the future , 6th revised edition, Bramann, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-934054-25-7 .

Web links

Wiktionary: Publishers  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Since the middle of the 17th century, “publishers have become especially popular for those who take on the costs and distribution of printing works”. ( Grimm's Dictionary )
  2. Hans Widmann : Author trouble of a scholar in the 16th century. In: Börsenblatt for the German book trade - Frankfurt edition. No. 89, (November 5) 1968, pp. 2929-2940, cited: pp. 2929-2931 (translation of “ miserum est cogi nos ad voluntates typographorum ” in the diary ).
  3. Rita Galli, Edda had beer (ed.): Of all books: 31 publishing self-portraits . Links Verlag, Berlin 1998 (online)
  4. Publication at BuchMarkt