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  • Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), today announced that Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will receive AAP’s 2021 Award for Distinguished Public Service, which honors individuals who have made important contributions to the public good by advancing laws or policies that respect the value, creation, and publication of original works of authorship. 

    Senator Klobuchar is a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights.  Her new book, Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age (April 2021, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) was released on April 27, 2021.  She is also the author of The Senator Next Door: A Memoir From the Heartland (August 2015, Henry Holt and Co.).

    “We are proud to recognize Senator Klobuchar because she leads every day on issues that are profoundly important to publishers, authors, and the democracy that we serve,” commented Ms. Pallante.  “In particular, we applaud her determination to address one of the most complex and urgent problems of our time: the unprecedented power and dominant conduct of giant technology platforms over businesses and society.  As the Senator has stated, our laws need to be ‘as sophisticated as the companies that now occupy our economy.’”

    Senator Klobuchar will accept the award virtually during AAP’s annual general meeting on June 2, 2021.  She will be bookmarked by keynote speakers Don Lemon, host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and author of This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism (March 2021, Little, Brown and Company), and Brad Stone, Senior Executive Editor of Global Technology at Bloomberg News and the author of Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire (May 2021, Simon & Schuster), as well as The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (October 2013, Little, Brown and Company). 

    Past Recipients of AAP’s Award for Distinguished Public Service and AGM Speakers

    Previous recipients of AAP’s Award for Distinguished Public Service include Congressman Jerry Nadler, Congressman Doug Collins, and Jeffrey Rosen, the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.  Previous speakers include Walter Isaacson, Jon Meacham, Jonathan Taplin, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush.

  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomes the release of the 2021 Special 301 Report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The report, which highlights key markets in which publishers have significant copyright concerns and face market-access barriers, is a critically important tool for policymakers to use in identifying issues that impede the ability of U.S. copyright owners to compete in foreign markets.

    China is once again listed as a Priority Watch List country, as online piracy and the sale of counterfeit products on ecommerce sites continue to be significant problems.  Canada also remains on the Watch List, with the Report noting that the U.S. government “remains deeply troubled by the ambiguous education-related exception added to the copyright law in 2012, which reportedly has significantly damaged the market for educational publishers and authors.”  

    “AAP greatly appreciates the continued efforts of USTR and its interagency colleagues to highlight the concerns of U.S. rights holders through the Special 301 process. Strong copyright protection and adequate enforcement are essential to publishers’ continued ability to deliver informative, educational, and entertaining content,” said Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President for Global Policy at AAP.

    The 2021 Special 301 Report from USTR is available here

  • Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Up 19.1% in February and 20.3% Year to Date

    April 27, 2021 -- The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for February 2021 reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (Consumer Books), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses.

    Total revenues across all categories for February 2021 were up 24.7% as compared to February 2020, coming in at $964.5 million. Year to date revenues were up 16.4%, at $2.2 billion for the first two months of the year.

    Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

    Trade (Consumer Books) sales were up 19.1% in February, coming in at $646.6 million, and up 20.3% year to date, with $1.3 billion in revenue.

    In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of February, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were up 26.9%, coming in at $232.8 million; Paperbacks were up 9.2%, with $186.3 million in revenue; Mass Market was up 35.7% to $21.7 million; and Board Books were up 3.2%, with $12.4 million in revenue. 

    eBook revenues were up 19.8% for the month as compared to February of 2020 for a total of $99.3 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 27.8% for February, coming in at $71.7 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 20.9% coming in at $1.2 million.

    Year to date, Hardback revenues were up 26.2%, coming in at $477.0 million; Paperbacks were up 14.1%, with $413.9 million in revenue; Mass Market was up 37.6% to $41.2 million; and Board Books were down 2.6%, with $29.6 million in revenue. 

    eBook revenues were up 20.4% as compared to the first two months of 2020 for a total of $191.0 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 23.7%, coming in at $131.6 million in revenue. Physical Audio was up 1.1% coming in at $3.2 million.

    Religious Presses

    Religious press revenues were up 13.7% in February, coming in at $67.0 million. 

    On a year-to date basis, religious press revenues were up 6.4%, at 128.7 million.

    Education

    During February of 2021 Education revenues were $269.2 million, up 46.7% compared with February of 2020. Year to date education revenues were $731.8 million, up 11.4% as compared to the first two months of 2020.

    Revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were up 60.0% for the month, as compared to February of 2020, coming in at $239.1 million. Year to date Higher Education was up 13.2%, at $668.8 million.

    PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were down 11.6% for February 2021, at $30.1 million.  Year to date PreK-12 revenues were down 5.2%, coming in at $63.1 million. More in-depth information on PreK-12 Books and Materials Monthly is included in AAP’s PreK-12 monthly report.

    Professional Books

    Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were up 7.8% during the month, coming in at $39.8 million. Year to date Professional Books were $90.8 million, up 7.9% as compared to the first two months of 2020.

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    AAP’s StatShot

    Publisher net revenue, including sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc., is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes revenue from about 1,360 publishers, with participation subject to change over time.

    StatShot reports are designed to give an up-to-date snapshot of the publishing industry using the best data currently available. The reports reflect participants’ most recent reported revenue for current and previous periods, enabling readers to compare revenue on a year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

    It is not, however, possible to make apples-to-apples comparisons to StatShot reports issued in previous years because: a) The number of StatShot participants fluctuates over time, with the pool of participants growing or shrinking in each report and b) It is a common accounting practices for businesses, including publishers, to restate revenue numbers based on updated information. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports, providing information that is more up-to-date and accurate.

  • As announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, this year’s World Intellectual Property Day shines a light on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the economy, which use intellectual property rights to build stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses.

    “Here in Washington, DC, we are proud to dedicate World IP Day to the many small and medium sized publishing houses in AAP’s membership and around the globe,” Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of AAP commented. “We note the enormous contributions of these businesses to literature, scientific advancement, and life-long education, and thank them for investing in authors, readers, and the transformative power of written expression.  We also pause to recognize the Copyright Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which our Nation’s leaders prioritized at the outset in 1787, when the United States was but a small to medium sized country inspired by the marketplace of ideas.”

  • Association of American Publishers President and CEO Maria A. Pallante today announced that Shelley Husband has been named Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Special Projects. 

    “Shelley is a widely-respected and trusted advisor with more than 20 years of experience in policy development, legislative strategy, and consensus building,” said Maria A. Pallante.  “She will be indispensable in our work to ensure a legal framework that promotes publishing and the public interest that it serves.”

    “I am thrilled to join the amazing leadership team at AAP,” commented Ms. Husband. “I am committed to protecting and growing the creative economy and lawful distribution of knowledge, fueled by American publishers.”

    Most recently, Ms. Husband served as Staff Director and General Counsel for the House Committee on the Judiciary from 2013 to 2019, where she spearheaded hundreds of bills addressing copyrights, patents, technology, and antitrust issues, and managed a forty-person team across multiple subcommittees and offices.   As top policy, political, and legal advisor to the Chair and committee members, she routinely met with senior government officials and industry representatives.  From 2002-2012, Ms.Husband served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Bob Goodlatte.  

    Among numerous other projects and achievements during her career, Ms. Husband helped launch the bicameral, bipartisan, Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, which was chaired by Mr. Goodlatte and then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, and she directed a comprehensive, bipartisan review of our nation’s copyright laws which culminated in historic reforms being signed into law.