Berlin is home to numerous magazine, newspaper, book and scientific/academic publishers, as well as their associated service industries. For example, Axel Springer AG and the Ullstein Verlagsgruppe (publishing group) are both based in Berlin. The creative and academic environment, in addition to the high concentration of authors and literary agents, make Berlin an attractive location. More that 15 daily and weekly newspapers re-enforce Berlin's position as Germany's epicenter for influential political debate.
In addition, nearly no other city can parallel Berlin's large population of writers and Journalists, which includes literary prizewinners such as Wolfgang Herrndorf, Arne Roß or Simona Sabato, and bestseller authors such as Wladimir Kaminer and Florian Illies. Distinguished libraries, archives, innumerable bookshops as well as internationally acclaimed literary festivals add to the exciting milieu currently present in Berlin.