Bastei Lübbe

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Bastei Lübbe
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FounderGustav Lübbe
Country of originGermany
Headquarters locationCologne
Key peopleStefan Lübbe
Publication typesBooks, Audiobooks, eBooks
Fiction genresSuspense, SF, Chick lit, Children's Books, Historical Fiction
ImprintsEichborn, Bastei Verlag, Luebbe Audio

Bastei Lübbe is a major publisher of genre fiction, pulp fiction and non-fiction in the German language. It is based in Cologne, Germany. As of 2010, it was the largest independent book publisher in Germany,[1] and it claims to be one of the three largest audiobook publishers in Germany.[2]


The company was begun in 1953 by newspaper editor Gustav H. Lübbe, when he became the publisher of the insolvent Cologne-based company, Bastei-Verlag. The company then changed its name to Bastei-Verlag Gustav H. Lübbe, and later to Verlagsgruppe Lübbe in 2000, then Bastei Lübbe in 2010.

Bastei Lübbe was responsible for the German language release of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, and has recently begun to enter English, Spanish and Chinese language publishing markets for ebooks.[3] It went public on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on 8 October 2013.,[4] and in May 2014, it purchased a 51% controlling stake in Daedalic Entertainment, a German video game developer and publisher based in Hamburg.


  1. ^ Kreiger, Regina; Siebenhaar, Hans-Peter (5 February 2010). "Nur Bücher machen reicht nicht mehr". Handelsblatt. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Über uns". Bastei Lübbe. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ DeMarco, Amanda (2 April 2013). "Germany's Bastei Lübbe Extends into Spanish, Mandarin". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 August 2013.

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