Market Data

Here you will find information on current figures about the German book and trade magazine market.

The German Book Market at a Glance

Every year, the reference book "Buch und Buchhandel in Zahlen" (Book and Book Trade in Figures) provides compact and comprehensible information about all countable and calculable facts and relationships in the producing and distributing book trade – the second largest book market worldwide.

In her welcome address to the current issue Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, Head of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, writes:

"The general reluctance to buy does not stop at the book industry. Compared to the previous year, industry sales declined by 1.9 per cent. Stationary trade has regained sales after the period of Covid restrictions, but is still behind pre-pandemic levels."

All the important key figures for the German book market in 2022 are summarised in "Buch und Buchhandel in Zahlen". In its 71st edition, the figures provide a broad overview of the market development of the past year and initial figures for 2023.


+ economic situation and prospects

+ digital book formats in Germany

+ book reading and book buying behaviour

+ key business figures

+ foreign trade in book trade goods

+ book production in Germany

+ specialist media

+ book fairs

+ employment and vocational training in the book industry

+ The German Publishers & Booksellers Association

review copies

We will be happy to send journalists a review copy of the current issue of "Buch und Buchhandel in Zahlen" on request.

the poster for the book

The most important and interesting figures from "Buch und Buchhandel in Zahlen 2023" are also available as infographics "Büchergarten". You can download the poster as a printable PDF file free of charge here. We will be happy to send you a printed copy in A1 format, folded to A4, on request.

Special Evaluations on the German-language Book Market

Do you have questions about developments in the German-language book market that are not answered by "Buch und Buchhandel in Zahlen"? Then please, send us a message with your specific research request. We will immediately check whether we can provide you with the desired information via a special evaluation based on the current stock of titles in the German books in print database Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher (VLB).

Trade Magazines at a Glance

The information service on trade magazines Zeitschriften-Informations-Service (ZIS) provides information on 1,500 trade magazines, scientific journals and cultural magazines from more than 300 publishing houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The service includes information on publication dates and important publishing house data and is available online via the German books in print database Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher (VLB) and its public research platform as well as an annually updated catalog.

Here you can browse and search the catalog online: Livebook |