Der Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels e.V.
The German Publishers and Booksellers Association
Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) is the leading national association of the German book industry. It works in the political and public arenas to further the interests of its roughly 5,000 members, which include booksellers, publishers, wholesalers and other media companies. The association was founded in Leipzig in 1825 and is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main.
Börsenverein is both a trade association and a cultural organisation. When representing the industry, it works on behalf of its members to create the best possible economic and political conditions for publishing and bookselling. In addition to fostering fair copyright laws and practices, Börsenverein's core task is to preserve Germany's longstanding policy of fixed book prices. In the realms of politics, education and science, Börsenverein actively promotes books as a leading cultural product in German society.
In its capacity as a cultural organisation, Börsenverein works to highlight the importance of books as valuable cultural assets as well as to defend and uphold the right to freedom of expression and to promote cultural diversity. For example, it runs Frankfurt Book Fair and awards the annual Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the German Book Prize. Since 1959, as part of its efforts to encourage reading, the association has been organizing the Reading Competition of the German Book Trade in which roughly 600,000 pupils take part each year.
In addition to making advisory and practical services available to its members, Börsenverein also provides a number of fora for networking and policy development. The association also supports its members in the areas of innovation and new business models. With special programs for startups and unique platforms for the productive exchange of ideas, Börsenverein brings together new and established players in the book industry.
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