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  • Trade (Consumer Book) Sales Up 9.5% in December; 9.7% Year to Date

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for December 2020 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 December 2020 were down 8.5% as compared to December 2019, coming in at $1.1 billion. 

    Year-to-date sales were flat, with an increase of 0.1% as compared to calendar 2019, with a total of $14.8 billion.

    Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

    Trade (Consumer Books) sales were up 9.5% in December, coming in at $796.1 million. For January-December 2020 Trade sales were up 9.7% as compared to the same period last year, coming in at $8.6 billion.

    In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of December, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were up 14.2%, coming in at $312.5 million; Paperbacks were up 2.4%, with $248.1 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 1.6% to $25.9 million; and Board Books were up 6.2%, with $16.7 million in revenue. 

    eBook revenues were up 18.4% for the month as compared to December of 2019 for a total of $89.7 million.  The Downloaded Audio format jumped 30.0% for December, coming in at $66.0 million in revenue. Physical Audio declined 6.7% coming in at $1.9 million.

    For calendar 2020 Hardback revenues were up 12.9%, to $3.4 billion; Paperbacks were up 5.6% to $2.6 billion; Mass Market declined 2.9% to $228.3 million; and Board Books were up 18.2% to $192.8 million as compared to 2019.eBooks were up 15.6%, coming in at $1.1 billion for calendar 2020.  For calendar 2020 Downloaded Audio was up 16.5% as compared to 2019, with a total of $675.6 million for the year.  Physical Audio was down 26.3%, with $25.8 million in revenue.

    Religious Presses

    Religious press revenues were up 6.4% in December, coming in at $56.4 million. The category was up 4.2% for the calendar year, with revenues of $667.2 million.


    During December 2020 Education revenues were $317.7 million, down 34.8% compared with December of 2019. Year-to-date Education revenues were down 10.9% as compared to calendar 2019, coming in at $6 billion.

    Revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were down 47.7% for the month, as compared to December of 2019, coming in at $177.0 million. On calendar-year basis, Higher Education revenues were down 4.3% to $2.9 billion.

    PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were down 1.5% for December 2020, at $69.9 million. PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were down 19.6% at $2.5 billion on a year-to-date basis.

    Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were down 10.1% during the month, coming in at $66.1 million. The category was up 1.0% for the calendar year, with $618.9 million in revenue.

    University Presses were up 2.6% as compared to December of 2019, bringing in $4.7 million in revenue. For calendar 2020 University Presses rose 2.2%, bringing in $49.4 million.

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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.

  • The following is a comment from Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers, on the passing of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of AAP member publishing house City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

    “We join AAP member City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and publishers everywhere, in mourning the loss of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a true champion of the printed word who leaves an extraordinary legacy personified by his essential poetry, his fabled bookstore, his extraordinary work as a promoter and publisher, and his historic role as a proud defender of First Amendment rights.”

  • Cambridge University Press, Harvard University Press, John’s Hopkins University Press, and W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. are Honored Top PROSE Awards Prize, The R.R. Hawkins Award, Goes to Cambridge University Press’ Ancient Maya Politics: A Political Anthropology of the Classic Period 150–900 CE

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today announced the five winners of the PROSE Excellence Awards, which recognize scholarly publications that are best-in-class in five categories: Biological & Life Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences & Mathematics, Reference Works, and Social Sciences, as well as the program’s top prize, the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award.

    “Outstanding scholarship, brilliant writing and genuinely innovative thinking are all abundantly evident in this year’s Excellence and R.R. Hawkins awards,” commented Syreeta Swann,Vice President, Programs and Administration, AAP. “The houses behind these stellar works – Cambridge University Press, Harvard University Press, John’s Hopkins University Press, and W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. – played a critically important role identifying and nurturing authors and delivering these magnificent works to expand the world’s shared store of knowledge. With these awards we recognize that critically important work and thank the winning publishers for their generous contributions to scholarship and publishing at large.”

    Of particular note among the five Excellence Award winners is this year’s R.R. Hawkins Award winner, Ancient Maya Politics: A Political Anthropology of the Classic Period 150–900 CE, from Cambridge University Press. 

    Mandy Hill, Managing Director, Academic Publishing for Cambridge University Press, commented, “Winning at the PROSE Awards means a very great deal, as they recognise both the outstanding scholarship of the works themselves and the partnership between author and publisher that’s vital to publishing excellence. So, it’s a real honour to have won two of this year’s top awards, including the prestigious RR Hawkins Award.

    “I am also very proud that the depth and breadth of our publishing was recognised, with these awards in Archaeology and Cosmology alongside seven other subject category winners. That strength of publishing is thanks to our fantastic authors and our wonderful colleagues, whose hard work and passion for their subjects are so evident in these awards.”

    “Simon Martin (University of Pennsylvania) is a master of the material in terms of epigraphy, archaeology, and the theoretical aspects of political organization in the past,” commented PROSE Chief Judge Nigel Fletcher-Jones, PhD.  “Ancient Maya Politics is a major advance in our understanding of the Maya and deserves recognition at the highest level. Cambridge University Press are also to be commended for producing an attractively designed volume that readily draws the reader into the discussion.”

    A panel of 23 judges reviewed 595 entries to this year’s PROSE Awards program, elevating works that speak to the breadth, depth, and criticality of scholarly publishing.  Throughout January AAP announced the results of its program, narrowing the field from 130 Finaliststo 45 Category Winnersto today’s five Excellence Award winners, and the ultimate PROSE prize, the R.R. Hawkins Award.

    2021 PROSE ExcellenceWinners are as follows:

    PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences

    PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities AND R.R. Hawkins Award Winner

    PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics

    PROSE Award for Excellence Social Sciences 

    PROSE Award Excellence in Reference Works

  • Washington, DC – The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today unveiled 45 Subject Category Winners for the 2021 PROSE Awards honoring the best scholarly works published in 2020. 

    A panel of 23 judges selected these winners from a total of 130 Finalists from an overall pool of 595 entries for this year’s PROSE Awards competition. 

    “These 45 works all represent exceptional scholarship, and significant contributions to their various fields,” commented Syreeta Swann, Vice President, Programs and Administration, AAP. “We are delighted to announce this year’s Subject Category Winners and look forward to announcing the next round of PROSE honors – the Excellence Award Winners – next month.”

    Subject Category Winners will go on to compete for one of five awards:

    • The 2021 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences
    • The 2021 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities
    • The 2021 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
    • The 2021 PROSE Award for Excellence in Reference Works
    • The 2021 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences

    One of the five Excellence Winners will receive the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award, the top prize of the annual PROSE competition.

    The R.R. Hawkins Awardis named for the long-time New York Public Library executive and author whose dedication and passion for professional and scholarly works significantly contributed to the acceptance of American science and scholarship across the globe. The 2020 R.R. Hawkins Awardrecipient was Carmen C. Bambach’s Leonardo Da Vinci Rediscoveredfrom Yale University Press, a “modern rethinking of the career and vision of one of the greatest artists of all time on the 500th anniversary of his death.”

    The list of Category Winners is below:

    2021 PROSE Biological and Life Sciences Category Winners

    Biological Science

    • Desert Navigator: The Journey of an Ant, Rüdiger WehnerHarvard University Press


    • The Plasticity of Sex: The Molecular Biology and Clinical Features of Genomic Sex, Gender Identity and Sexual Behavior, Marianne J. LegatoElsevier

    Clinical Medicine

    • Managing Health in the Genomic Era: A Guide to Family Health History and Disease Risk, Vincent Henrich, Lori Orlando, and Brian Shirts, Elsevier

    Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry

    • The Wiley Handbook of Healthcare Treatment Engagement, Andrew Hadler, Stephen Sutton, and Lars Osterberg, John Wiley & Sons


    • Brain Fables: The Hidden History of Neurodegenerative Diseases and a Blueprint to Conquer Them, Alberto Espay and Benjamin Stecher, Cambridge University Press

    Nursing and Allied Health

    • Pediatric Nursing: A Case-Based Approach, 1st Edition, Catherine Gannon Tagher and Lisa Marie Knapp, Wolters Kluwer

    2021 PROSE Humanities Category Winners

    Architecture and Urban Planning

    • Painting in Stone: Architecture and the Poetics of Marble from Antiquity to the Enlightenment, Fabio BarryYale University Press

    Art Exhibitions

    • Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins, Edited by Ariane Thomas and Timothy Potts, J. Paul Getty Museum

    Art History & Criticism

    • A History of Arab Graphic Design, Bahia Shehab and Haytham Nawar, American University in Cairo Press

    Biography & Autobiography

    • Goya: A Portrait of the Artist, Janis A. Tomlinson, Princeton University Press

    Biological Anthropology, Ancient History & Archaeology

    • Ancient Maya Politics: A Political Anthropology of the Classic Period 150–900 CE, Simon Martin, Cambridge University Press


    • Scale, Space and Canon in Ancient Literary Culture, Reviel Netz, Cambridge University Press

    European History

    • Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe, Judith Herrin, Princeton University Press

    Language & Linguistics

    • The Handbook of Asian Englishes, Kingsley Bolton, Werner Botha, and Andy Kirkpatrick, Wiley Blackwell


    • The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism, Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, Katherine Hill, and Jill Richards, Columbia University Press

    Media and Cultural Studies

    • The Decisive Network: Magnum Photos and the Postwar Image Market, Nadya BairUniversity of California Press

    Music & the Performing Arts

    • Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters, Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding, Oxford University Press

    Nonfiction Graphic Novels

    • Witness to the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru, Charles F. Walker and Liz ClarkeOxford University Press

    North American History

    • The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants, Adam Goodman, Princeton, University Press

    Outstanding Works by a Trade Publisher

    • The Turnaway Study, Diana Greene Foster, Scribner


    • Freedom: An Unruly History, Annelein de Dijn, Harvard University Press

    Theology & Religious Studies

    • How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others, T. M. Luhrmann, Princeton University Press

    World History

    • Forging a Unitary State, John P. LeDonne, University of Toronto Press 

    2021 PROSE Physical Sciences and Mathematics Category Winners

    Computing & Information Sciences 

    • The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design, Michael Kearns and Aaron RothOxford University Press


    • A Philosophical Approach to MOND: Assessing the Milgromian Research Program in Cosmology, David Merritt, Cambridge University Press 

    Earth Science 

    • Deep Carbon: Past to Present, Edited by Beth N. Orcutt, Isabelle Daniel, and Rajdeep Dasgupta, Cambridge University Press

    Engineering & Technology 

    • Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, Sasha Costanza-Chock, The MIT Press

    Environmental Science 

    • River Networks as Ecological Corridors: Species, Populations, Pathogens, Andrea Rinaldo, Marino Gatto, and Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Cambridge University Press

    History of Science, Medicine, and Technology 

    • Diabetes: A History of Race and Disease, Arleen Marcia Tuchman, Yale University Press 


    • Lumen Naturae: Visions of the Abstract in Art and Mathematics, Matilde Marcolli, The MIT Press 

    Popular Science/Math 

    • Neutron Stars: The Quest to Understand the Zombies of the Cosmos, Katia Moskvitch, Harvard University Press 

    2021 PROSE Social Sciences Category Winners

    Business, Finance & Management

    • Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder, Margaret M. Chin, New York University Press

    Cultural Anthropology & Sociology

    • The Tragedy of Heterosexuality, Jane Ward, New York University Press


    • The Free-Market Family: How the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored), Maxine Eichner, Oxford University Press

    Education Practice & Theory

    • Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education in a Digital Age, Renee Hobbs, foreword by Douglas Rushkoff, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

    Government & Politics

    • Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump, Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University Press

    Legal Studies and Criminology

    • Whitelash: Unmasking White Grievance at the Ballot Box, Terry Smith, Cambridge University Press

    Psychology and Applied Social Work

    • Introduction to Social Neuroscience, Stephanie Cacioppo and John T. Cacioppo, Princeton University Press

    2021 PROSE Reference Works Category Winners

    Best eProduct

    • i used to love to dream, A.D. Carson, University of Michigan Press

    Best New Journal in Science, Technology & Medicine

    • Harvard Data Science Review, Xiao-Li Meng, The MIT Press

    Best New Journal in Humanities & Social Sciences

    • Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, Editor-in-Chief: Charlene Villaseñor Black; Associate Editor: Emily Engel, University of California Press

    Single and Multivolume Reference, & Textbooks in the Biological & Life Sciences

    • Frogfishes: Biodiversity, Zoogeography, and Behavioral Ecology, Theodore W. Pietsch and Rachel J. Arnold, Johns Hopkins University Press

    Single and Multivolume Reference, & Textbooks in the Humanities

    • The Cambridge World History of Violence 4 Volume Hardback Set, General editor Phillip Dwyer and Joy Damousi, Cambridge University Press

    Single and Multivolume Reference, & Textbooks in the Social Sciences

    • Seasonal Sociology, Tonya K. Davidson and Ondine Park, University of Toronto Press

    Textbook in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics

    • Lectures on Astrophysics, Steven Weinberg, Cambridge University

  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has filed an amicus brief in support of sports writer Michael Bynum in the pending sovereign immunity case, Canada Hockey et. al v. Texas A&M Athletic Department, et al.

    The case, on appeal in the 5th Circuit, turns on the critical question of whether a copyright owner may recover monetary damages from a state actor for actual egregious infringements, where injunctive relief would do little if anything to remedy the economic harm suffered. 

    The amicus brief notes that “The availability of a damages remedy for infringement by state actors is particularly important to the AAP and its members because state actors play a major role in the publishing ecosystem and the availability of damages is critical to maintaining the essential balance struck by the copyright laws.”

    The case involves the brazen infringement of Bynum’s  sports article by an employee of the Texas A & M Athletic Department, who removed the copyright information and distributed it to hundreds of thousands of recipients as part of a fundraising exercise after directing his assistant to retype it.  The article, which was to be the centerpiece of Bynum’s book, was downloaded, retweeted, and further distributed hundreds of thousands of times, draining it of economic value.

    As AAP’s brief states, “The lack of a damages remedy in this important context is exacerbated in modern times by the swiftness with which bad actors can copy, distribute and devalue copyrighted works, leaving publishers without any meaningful recourse even in the most egregious or intentional circumstances. This fact stands in direct contradiction to the constitutional purpose of copyright law, and jeopardizes the vital incentives to create, distribute and otherwise license proprietary content.”

    In the pending case, Bynum offers two constitutional arguments: 1) The university’s infringement is a deprivation of property without due process of law; and 2) The infringement was an uncompensated taking.  Defendant Texas A & M has argued that it is entitled to complete sovereign immunity on all claims, but, as outlined in AAP’s brief, “Unchecked state infringement would, as numerous courts have recognized, diminish the incentive to invest in and publish both new and existing works. If this Court were to affirm the District Court and allow state actors to violate copyrights without fear of financial liability, it would greatly reduce the viability of the Copyright Act for publishers, and it would undermine its essential purpose: to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” U.S. Const. Art. I, § 8, cl. 8.