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As of 2018, ten firms in Germany rank among the world's biggest publishers of books in terms of revenue: C.H. Beck, Bertelsmann, Cornelsen Verlag, Haufe-Gruppe , Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, Ernst Klett Verlag , Springer Nature, Thieme, WEKA Holding , and Westermann Druck- und Verlagsgruppe.[note 1] Overall, "Germany has some 2,000 publishing houses, and more than 90,000 titles reach the public each year, a production surpassed only by the United States." Unlike many other countries, "book publishing is not centered in a single city but is concentrated fairly evenly in Berlin, Hamburg, and the regional metropolises of Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Munich."
German publishers issued around 61,000 book titles in 1990, and around 83,000 in 2000.
Recent historians of the book in Germany include Bernhard Fabianand Paul Raabe .
Man with book, Stuttgart, circa 1890s; photo by Friedrich Brandseph
Readers in Bonn, 1950
Felix Judbookshop, Hamburg, 2010
Frankfurt Book Fair, October 2017
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