Founded in 1825, it currently has roughly 4,500 members, including booksellers, publishers, wholesalers and other media companies. Börsenverein runs the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, awards the annual Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the German Book Prize and the German Non-Fiction Prize and works continuously to foster reading and to defend the right to freedom of expression.
Ideas move the world. They are mediated through the power of the word. This is particularly effective in the form of books, magazines, databases and other media - print, digital or audiovisual. The members of the Börsenverein act as professional mediators between authors and readers and shape a dynamically evolving market with their products and services. They provide society with content for culture, education, leisure, science and many other areas. In this way, they contribute to orientation, cultural life, diversity of opinion and freedom of information and make a significant contribution to the success of a democratic society. Börsenverein is committed to freedom of expression and suitable legal framework conditions, which are indispensable ideational and economic prerequisites for all publishing and bookselling activities. Aware of its tradition spanning almost two hundred year, it supports its members in successfully shaping rich and lively markets for books, specialist and scientific information in all formats.