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  • Washington, DC - The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today unveiled 49 Subject Category Winners for the 2020 PROSE Awards honoring the best scholarly works published in 2019. These winners were selected by a panel of 19 judges from the 157 finalists previously identified from the more than 630 entries in this year’s PROSE Awards competition. The Subject Category Winners announced today demonstrate exceptional scholarship and have made a significant contribution to a field of study.

    In the next few weeks, AAP will further refine the field by announcing Excellence Winners in five different categories:  

    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Reference Works
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences

    One of these five Excellence Winners will receive the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award, the top prize of the annual PROSE competition, which will be named this month. The R.R. Hawkins Award winner will be further celebrated at AAP’s annual Professional and Scholarly Publishers (PSP) forum in Washington, DC, taking place this year on June 23rd.

    The R.R. Hawkins Award is 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 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award recipient was Oxford University Press for University of Pennsylvania scholar Kathleen Jamieson Hall’s Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President.

    The list of finalists can be viewed here.

  • Paid student program expands to include minority juniors and seniors attending any college or university throughout the country

    Washington, DC -- The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) today announced the launch of the application process for the fifth year of its partnership providing paid summer internships to incoming and graduating seniors with interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry.

    Originally available to students from any of our nation’s historic black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the program is expanding this year to include minority students who are rising and graduating seniors from any college or university in the United States.

    This year, AAP-UNCF Internship Program will provide paid summer internships at AAP’s member publishing companies including Elsevier (RELX), Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishing, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press, and W.W. Norton, as well as at AAP itself. Selected interns will be matched with a mentor and subsidized housing will be provided. For the summer of 2020 the program will have the capacity to accommodate 11 students. 

    Throughout the first four years of the program dozens of rising and graduating seniors have spent their summers learning the business of publishing while working directly with executives responsible for bringing important knowledge and stories to readers every day. To date internships have been secured in Washington, DC, New York, Boston, and St. Louis.

    “In our fifth year of this impactful partnership, we are proud to extend this outstanding summer opportunity to all minority juniors and seniors attending college throughout the U.S.,” said Syreeta Swann, AAP Vice President, Programs and Administration. “We hope that by expanding this program, we will attract even more impressive talent to our industry. Our previous applicants have been outstanding leaders and we look forward to welcoming the incoming 2020 class to this prestigious program.”

    “UNCF is excited to expand this internship opportunity to more deserving students in partnership with such a forward-thinking organization like the Association of American Publishers,” said Taliah Givens, UNCF Senior Director of Student Professional Development Programs. “A unique factor of this particular internship opportunity with AAP is that it welcomes applicants from a wide variety of majors and disciplines. And now more unrepresented students of diverse backgrounds will have an opportunity to apply and receive exposure into a thriving career field.  As a result, we will grow our collective impact in building diversity in publishing careers.”

    Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a record of leadership and community service, and strong writing skills are encouraged to apply online here. The deadline to apply for AAP-UNCF internships is March 12, 2020.

    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 newsroom.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.

    About UNCF

    UNCF (the 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. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 17 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. 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 motto, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNCF.

  • Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual 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 each year.

    “The quality of this year’s PROSE Awards submissions was ample testimony that scholarship is alive and well in every field of scholarly publishing,” commented Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of AAP. “It is, as always, a professional honor and personal pleasure to be able to announce the finalists and their extraordinary works.”

    In announcing the finalists, AAP commends the panel of 19 judges who reviewed more than 630 entries in this year’s competition, ultimately discovering works that speak to the breadth, depth, and criticality of scholarly publishing.

    In the next few weeks, AAP will further refine the field by announcing a Subject Category Winner from among the finalists in each of the 49 categories. Subject Category Winners will go on to compete for one of five awards:

    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Reference Works
    • The 2019 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences

    One of these five Excellence Winners will receive the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award, the top prize of the annual PROSE competition, which will be named this month. The R.R. Hawkins Award winner will be further celebrated at AAP’s annual Professional and Scholarly Publishers (PSP) forum in Washington, DC, taking place this year on June 23rd.

    The R.R. Hawkins Award is 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 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award recipient was Oxford University Press for University of Pennsylvania scholar Kathleen Jamieson Hall’s Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President.

  • “AAP, the plaintiffs, and Audible have resolved their pending litigation. Audible has agreed that it will obtain permission from any AAP members that are in good standing with AAP before moving forward with Audible Captions for their works.

    “We will be advising our members as to the application of the resolution. Separately, the parties have presented a consent permanent injunction to the court, which would resolve and dismiss the underlying litigation between the publishers and Audible.”

  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for November 2019 reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (consumer publications), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses.

    Total sales across all categories for January to November 2019 rose 0.9% as compared to the same period last year, reaching $13.5 billion.

    For the month of November overall publisher revenue was down 23.9% as compared to November of 2018, coming in at $964.6 million. The decline in year-over-year revenue is attributable to unusually high revenue totals for the month of November 2018.

    K-12 Instructional Materials

    • The K-12 Instructional Materials category saw sustained growth year-to-date, coming in at $3.1 billion, a 24.7% increase as compared to the first 11 months of 2018.

    Children and Young Adult

    • The Children and Young Adult category was up 5.2% year-to-date as compared to the same period in 2018, coming in at $2.0 billion.
      • In the Children’s and Young Adult category, paperback saw the most growth of any format, climbing 9.2% as compared to the same period last year, reaching $821 million.
      • Hardback books in the category saw growth 1.7% compared to the first 11 months of 2018, reaching $819 million.
      • Board Books climbed 1.0% as compared to the same period in 2018, coming in at $144 million.

    Trade

    • Revenues in the Trade category (consumer publications) decline 0.8% year-to-date coming in at $7.2 billion.