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  • Entry Period Now Ends on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

    The Association of American Publishers today announced that it has extended the submission period for its prestigious 2023 PROSE Awards through Wednesday, November 23rd (the original deadline was Friday, November 18, 2022).

    The PROSE Awards recognize outstanding scholarly books, nonfiction graphic novels, journals, reference works, and e-products in five official categories: Biological and Life Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences & Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Reference Works.

    “We have been delighted by the enthusiastic response to this year’s call for submissions, and we are happy to accommodate publisher requests to extend the submission period for the 2023 PROSE Awards until Wednesday, November 23rd,” said Chief Operating Officer Syreeta Swann. “As always, our PROSE Awards Judges look forward to reviewing all of this year’s submissions, and to discovering the very best works of the year.”

    Entry Details for the 2023 PROSE Awards Process

    The entry fee for the 2023 PROSE Awards is $105, with submissions received digitally. Publishers will be asked to submit two electronic review copies before payment. Submitters are asked to provide review copies as annotatable PDF files to facilitate notetaking by our judges. Judges may request hardcopies during review. Winners will be required to provide physical copies to AAP.

    There are some updates to submission categories this year, including the separation of World and European History, and the combining of Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology into one submission category. In addition, we are excited to announce the broadening of the PROSE Mathematics category to include Statistics. Entries that examine advanced and high-level mathematics and statistics topics should be submitted to the Mathematics and Statistics category. Entries that interpret science and math for general audiences should be submitted to the Popular Science and Popular Mathematics category. Entries may include books, journals, nonfiction graphic novels, eProducts, and reference works.

    Submitting publishers must be a member of either the Association of American Publishers (AAP) or the Association of University Presses (AUPresses).

    Please see here for more about how to submit an entry for the 2023 PROSE Awards.

    About the PROSE Awards

    Since 1976, the AAP’s PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study.

    For 2023, a panel of esteemed judges from throughout the academic community will review entries for overall excellence in scholarly publishing in the five subject categories. Winners from each subject category will go on to compete for the industry’s coveted R.R. Hawkins Award, the ultimate winner of the PROSE Awards competition. PROSE Award Finalists, Subject Category winners, Excellence Award winners, and the R.R. Hawkins Award winner will be announced by AAP in early 2023.

    More information on the 2023 PROSE Awards can be found here.

  • Below is a comment from Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President, Global Policy, AAP, on the U.S. Department of Justice charging the operators of the Z Library with criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud, and money laundering. 

    "We applaud the Department of Justice for taking decisive action against the operators of Z-Library. There is a growing -- and disturbing -- trend of pirate operations masquerading as libraries to manipulate and evade the law. This action sends a clear message that industrial scale infringement will not be tolerated, no matter what the perpetrators call themselves. We are grateful for the hard work of the FBI, as well as the Authors Guild and the UK Publishers Association, in stopping this infringing enterprise."

    Read Department of Justice press release here.

  • Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Down 10.5% in August, and Down 3.8% Year-to-Date

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for August 2022 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing. The report does not include PreK-12 revenue due to delays in data collection but will be updated as soon as that data becomes available.

    Total revenues across all categories, excluding PreK-12, for August 2022 were down 9.0% as compared to August 2021, coming in at $1.4 billion. Year-to-date revenues were down 5.0%, at $7.9 billion for the first eight months of the year.

    Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

    Trade (Consumer Books) sales were down 10.5% in August, coming in at $744.3 million.

    In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of August, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were down 19.5%, coming in at $238.4 million; Paperbacks were down 8.6%, with $277.4 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 15.2% to $15.1 million; while Special Bindings were down 16.8%, with $17.5 million in revenue.

    eBook revenues were up 2.7% for the month as compared to August 2021 for a total of $90.7 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 11.5% for August, coming in at $73.0 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 27.1% coming in at $1.1 million.

    Year-to-date Trade revenues were down 3.8%, at $5.6 billion for the first eight months of the year. Hardback revenues were down 12.1%, coming in at $1.8 billion; Paperbacks were up 4.6%, with $2.1 billion in revenue; Mass Market was down 23.8% to $125.5 million; and Special Bindings were down 2.3%, with $116.5 million in revenue.

    eBook revenues were down 6.7% as compared to the first eight months of 2021 for a total of $673.3 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 5.5%, coming in at $543.2 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 36.8% coming in at $9.2 million.

    Religious Presses

    Religious press revenues were down 17.8% in August, coming in at $58.8 million. Hardback revenues were down 18.8% to $34.6 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 33.2% to $8.9 million, eBook revenues were up 4.1% coming in at $4.5 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 5.3% at $3.8 million.

    On a year-to-date basis, religious press revenues were down 6.6%, reaching $454.9 million. Hardback revenues were down 8.8% at $259.6 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 7.5% to $76.2 million, eBook revenues were down 10.1% at $35.8 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 3.3% at $28.5 million. 

    Education

    During August 2022 revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were $562.7 million, down 6.5% compared with August 2021. Year-to-date Higher Education Course Materials revenues were $2.0 billion, down 8.4% compared to the first eight months of 2021.

    Professional Books

    Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were down 14.9% during the month, coming in at $42.6 million. Year-to-date Professional Books revenues were $282.9 million, down 4.3% as compared to the first eight months of 2021.

    AAP’s StatShot

    AAP StatShot reports the monthly and yearly net revenue of publishing houses from U.S. sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, and other channels. StatShot draws revenue data from approximately 1,368 publishers, although participation may fluctuate slightly from report to report. 

    StatShot reports are designed to give ongoing revenue snapshots across publishing sectors 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 both a month-to-month and year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

    Monthly and yearly StatShot reports may not align completely across reporting periods, because: a) The pool of StatShot participants may fluctuate from report to report; and b) Like any business, it is common accounting practice for publishing houses to update and restate their previously reported revenue data. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports first indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports to AAP, permitting AAP in turn to report information that is more accurate than previously reported.

  • Paid Internship Program Available to Junior and Senior Students of Color Attending Any College or University Throughout the United States

    Washington, DC —The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Internship Program is accepting applications for the eighth year of its partnership to provide paid summer internships to students with an interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. Students of color who are juniors and graduating seniors from any accredited college or university in the United States are eligible for this program.

    The deadline to apply for next summer’s program is Jan. 15, 2023, with internship placement for summer 2023.

    Previous participating companies have included Bloomsbury USA, Elsevier, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Holiday House, Inc./Peachtree, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press, Scholastic, Inc., Taylor & Francis Group, W.W. Norton & Company, and the AAP.

    “We are excited to continue to offer this hands-on opportunity for students often underrepresented in the publishing industry to gain real working experience in the industry,” said Taliah Givens, senior director, student professional development programs, UNCF. “Now in our eighth year of partnership with AAP, we’ve seen dozens of students go through the program and create the relationships and networks that support first steps into publishing industry careers.”

    “The AAP-UNCF partnership is one of the critically important pathways to bring talented voices to the publishing space,” said Jonathan Walker, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, AAP. “We are excited to give students the opportunity to connect with the industry, and both learn from and impact their organizations, setting themselves up to be the next successful generation of publishing employees.”

    History of the AAP – UNCF Partnership

    Initiated in 2016, the program has provided over 50 internships to date giving rising and graduating seniors opportunities to learn the business of publishing while working directly with executives responsible for bringing important knowledge and stories to readers every day. Internships have been secured in Washington, DC, New York, Boston, Princeton, St. Louis and Atlanta.

    Program Requirements

    Applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, a record of leadership and community service, and strong writing skills are encouraged to apply online here.

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    About AAP

    AAP | The Association of American Publishers represents the leading book, journal, and education publishers in the United States on matters of law and policy, advocating for outcomes that incentivize the publication of creative expression, professional content, and learning solutions. As essential participants in local markets and the global economy, our members invest in and inspire the exchange of ideas, transforming the world we live in one word at a time. Find us online at publishers.org.

    About UNCF

    UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. While totaling only 3% of all colleges and universities, UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 13% of bachelor’s degrees, 5% of master’s degrees, 10% of doctoral degrees and 24% of all STEM degrees earned by Black students in higher education. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

  • Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Down 11.6% in July, and Down 2.5% Year-to-Date

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for July 2022 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing. The report does not include PreK-12 revenue due to delays in data collection but will be updated as soon as that data becomes available.

    Total revenues across all categories, excluding PreK-12, for July 2022 were down 14.9% as compared to July 2021, coming in at $1.0 billion. Year-to-date revenues were down 4.1%, at $6.6 billion for the first seven months of the year.

    Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

    Trade (Consumer Books) sales were down 11.6% in July, coming in at $668.4 million.

    In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of July, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were down 26.5%, coming in at $177.7 million; Paperbacks were down 4.6%, with $273.6 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 42.5% to $14.8 million; while Special Bindings were down 2.5%, with $17.2 million in revenue.

    eBook revenues were down 6.6% for the month as compared to July 2021 for a total of $82.4 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 8.9% for July, coming in at $69.3 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 46.5% coming in at $1.0 million.

    Year-to-date Trade revenues were down 2.5%, at $4.8 billion for the first seven months of the year. Hardback revenues were down 10.5%, coming in at $1.6 billion; Paperbacks were up 7.0%, with $1.8 billion in revenue; Mass Market was down 24.8% to $110.4 million; and Special Bindings were up 0.7%, with $99.0 million in revenue.

    eBook revenues were down 8.0% as compared to the first seven months of 2021 for a total of $582.8 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 4.5%, coming in at $469.8 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 37.9% coming in at $8.1 million.

    Religious Presses

    Religious press revenues were down 6.4% in July, coming in at $45.5 million. Hardback revenues were down 0.2% to $24.5 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 22.9% to $7.7 million, eBook revenues were down 12.5% coming in at $4.1 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were down 1.0% at $2.8 million.

    On a year-to-date basis, religious press revenues were down 3.4%, reaching $399.5 million. Hardback revenues were down 4.7% at $228.7 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 2.5% to $67.4 million, eBook revenues were down 12.2% at $31.5 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 1.5% at $24.3 million. 

    Education

    During July 2022 revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were $319.8 million, down 19.8% compared with July 2021. Year-to-date Higher Education Course Materials revenues were $1.4 billion, down 9.1% compared to the first seven months of 2021.

    The performance of the Education categories during this month may reflect multiple factors, including rebounding business post-COVID.

    Professional Books

    Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were down 24.3% during the month, coming in at $37.3 million. Year-to-date Professional Books revenues were $240.3 million, down 2.1% as compared to the first seven months of 2021.

    AAP’s StatShot

    AAP StatShot reports the monthly and yearly net revenue of publishing houses from U.S. sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, and other channels. StatShot draws revenue data from approximately 1,368 publishers, although participation may fluctuate slightly from report to report. 

    StatShot reports are designed to give ongoing revenue snapshots across publishing sectors 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 both a month-to-month and year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

    Monthly and yearly StatShot reports may not align completely across reporting periods, because: a) The pool of StatShot participants may fluctuate from report to report; and b) Like any business, it is common accounting practice for publishing houses to update and restate their previously reported revenue data. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports first indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports to AAP, permitting AAP in turn to report information that is more accurate than previously reported.