In 1842, Springer founded the retail bookshop Springer in Berlin at the address Breite Strasse 20 (now No. 11). Springer and his son Ferdinand built it from a small firm of 4 employees into the world's second largest academic publisher. Springer's book business later became Springer-Verlag and then Springer Science+Business Media which, in 2021, was one of the largest and most prominent academic publishers in the world.
In 1848 he took part in the side of the insurgents in action against the authorities.[specify] Springer was from 1867 to 1873 president of the German Booksellers and Publishers Association. From 1869 until his death, Springer was a member of the Berlin city assembly. In addition, he was one of the pioneers of national and international copyright law.
The text of the plaque at Breite Straße 11 in Berlin-Mitte reads:
- Julius Springer
- 1817 – 1877
- Verlagsbuchhändler, gründete an dieser Stelle
- am 10. Mai 1842 den Springer Verlag,
- heute einer der größten Wissenschaftsverlage der Welt.
(Julius Springer, 1817–1877, publisher, founded here on 10 May 1842 Springer-Verlag, today one of the biggest scientific publishing houses in the world.)
- Sarkowski, Heinz; Götze, Heinz (7 October 1996). Springer-Verlag. Pt. 1: 1842-1945 : foundation, maturation, adversity. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 345. ISBN 9783540615606.
- Doreen Carvajal (21 November 1998). "Bertelsmann Signs a Deal Springer-Verlag". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
- "Springer - Driving academic publishing since 1842". Springer Nature. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
[...] producing the world's second-largest academic publishing house, Springer Science+Business Media.
- "DIE VERLAGE HOLTZBRINCK UND SPRINGER GRÜNDEN JOINT VENTURE" (in German). Springer Fachmedien. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
- Springer, Julius (in German)
- Der Wissenschaftsverlag Springer - Die Verleger Fritz und Ferdinand Springer (in German)