Germany: Springer Nature Acquires the J.B. Metzler Publishing House
Springer Nature and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group have agreed that, effective immediately, the Stuttgart-based publishing house J.B. Metzler will become part of Springer Nature. The acquisition follows the recent combination of the majority of Macmillan Science and Education (owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group) with Springer Science+Business Media, to form the new publishing group, Springer Nature. Holtzbrinck holds a 53 percent share in Springer Nature. J.B. Metzler, which was previously part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, will continue to be based in Stuttgart and will retain the J.B. Metzler brand.
J.B. Metzler, one of the oldest and most renowned publishing houses in the German-speaking region, was founded in 1682. It publishes classics such as Kindlers Literatur Lexikon and the encyclopedia of classical antiquity Der Neue Pauly as well as the works of authors like Friedrich Schiller and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Over the course of its 333-year history, it has established itself as one of the most important humanities publishers, producing respected and acclaimed reference works, handbooks and textbooks.
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