German Publisher Bastei Lubbe Launches U.S. Projects Including Apps

Sep 09, 2014

After more than 60 years of success in the European literary market, German publishing house Bastei Lubbe is venturing into new territory and launching projects in the United States for the first time. The publishing company is expanding with the introduction of new book series and digital apps beginning this spring.

The company is rolling out its fact-based, cross-platform project "Netwars - Out of CTRL" starting this spring, which includes a graphic novel app simultaneously made available in five languages, an ebook series, audio book series, and several interactive video documentaries for television and the web. Netwars will be available on IOS, Google Play, Amazon, and Samsung.

Bastei Lubbe is the publisher behind Cotton FBI, a successful crime series in Germany with 1 billion copies sold. And after only 11 weeks, its ebook series Apocalypsis by German author Mario Giordano hit the 1 million mark for downloads in China. Its Laura's Star app for children hit No. 1 in iTunes in three separate categories.

Bastei Lubbe is based in Cologne, Germany but will be launching several hundred foreign language titles over the next months through its digital publishing arm Bastei Entertainment.