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  • The following is a comment from Association of American Publishers (AAP) President and CEO Maria A. Pallante on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    “We join the Nation in mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  She was an inspiration to the legal community, women, minorities, and all who believe in the promise and authority of our Constitutional democracy.  She spent her career smashing glass ceilings and encouraging others to do the same; as an icon who stood tall for justice and fairness; and most of all, as an American who chose to give all.  Authors and publishers will forever remember her as a groundbreaking legal scholar, and as a champion of copyright and free speech.  We bow our heads in gratitude to this American hero and will long hold her in our hearts.”

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  • The following is a comment from Maria Pallante, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), regarding the resignation of John Sargent from AAP’s Board and the Chairmanship transition.

    “Today John Sargent informed the Association of American Publishers that he is stepping away from Macmillan Publishers and resigning from the AAP Board of Directors. John is AAP’s longest serving officer— current Board Chairman, former Vice Chairman, and longtime Treasurer— and has for many years been a selfless, wise, and dedicated steward of AAP’s mission and membership. We extend our profound gratitude to John for his warm and collegial leadership of our community and for his indelible contributions to the global publishing industry. Wiley CEO Brian Napack, AAP Vice Chairman, will assume leadership of the Board.”

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  • Awards recognizing academic publishers’ best 2020 works in the arts, humanities, reference, and sciences kicks off with social media video campaign

    The Association of American Publishers today launched its prestigious 2021 PROSE Awards, which recognize outstanding scholarly books, nonfiction graphic novels, journals, reference works, and e-products. The 2021 PROSE Awards are now open for entries from September 14, 2020 through November 13, 2020.

    The awards recognize the very best scholarly works published in 2020 in the United States in five official categories: Biological and Life Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences & Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Reference Works. To help kick off the 2021 PROSE Awards, AAP is launching a video campaign on social media featuring past PROSE Awards winners such as 2020 R.R. Hawkins recipient Carmen C. Bambach (Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered, Yale University Press) which will run throughout the entry period, with a video posted once a week.

    Entry Details for the 2021 PROSE Award Process

    The entry fee for the 2021 PROSE Awards remains $90. For the first time in the history of the program, submissions will be digital. Publishers will be asked to submit two electronic review copies before payment. Judges may request hardcopies during review. Winners will be required to provide physical copies to AAP.

    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 2021 PROSE Awards.

    New Entry Types and Changes in Categories

    In another first, for this year’s Awards publishers can submit under the new format of Nonfiction Graphic Novels. The requirements for this entry type are the same as requirements for Books, and entries can be submitted in any appropriate category.

    For the 2021 PROSE Awards, Education Theory and Education Practice have been combined into one category: Education Theory and Practice.

    The Physical Sciences and Mathematics subcategory under Reference Works has been removed from this year’s awards. Candidates can submit their entries under the Textbooks subcategory.

    Clinical Medicinehas been combined with Nursing & Allied Health Sciences for the Clinical Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences category.

    The Psychology category has been updated to Psychology and Applied Social Work.

    Please see here for more about the entry guidelines.

    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 2021, 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 2021.

    More information on the 2021 PROSE Awards can be found here.

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  • Trade/Consumer Books Jump 17.9% for July

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for July 2020 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 revenues across all categories for July 2020 were $1.8 billion, a decline of 9.4% as compared to July 2019. Year-to-date sales were $7.5 billion, a decline of 5.8% as compared to the same period last year.

    Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues

    Trade (consumer books) sales were notably up 17.9% year-over-year, coming in at $689.1 million. Year-to-date (January-July 2020) Trade sales were $4.3 billion, an increase of 5.0%, as compared to the first seven months of 2019.

    In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of July, in the Trade (consumer books) category, Hardback revenues jumped 47.0%, coming in at $246.0 million; Paperbacks were down 0.2%, with $211.2 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 1.1% to $23.5 million; and Board Books were up 20.4%, with $16.5 million in revenue.

    On a year-to-date basis, Hardback revenues were $1.4 billion, up 5.1%; Paperbacks were $1.4 billion, up 1.4%; Mass Market was $132.4 million, a decline of 2.4%; and Board Books were $86.8 million, up 13.8% as compared to the first seven months of 2019.

    eBook and Downloaded Audio revenues continued to be strong in July, as well as on a year-to-date basis:

    eBook revenues were up 25.0% for the month as compared to July 2019 for a total of $103.7 million. On a year-to-date basis, eBooks were up 14.2%, coming in at $652.9 million for the first seven months of 2020. Notably, eBook revenues in the Children’s and YA category saw a 76.4% jump during the month, coming in at $11.6 million. On a year-to-date basis, eBook revenues in the Children’s and YA category were up 63.3% for the first seven months of the year, coming in at $73.2 million.

    Downloaded Audio revenues saw a 24.9% increase as compared to July of last year, reaching $58.1 million in revenue. On a year-to-date basis, Downloaded Audio was up 15.6% as compared to the same period in 2019, with a total of $374.7 million for the year so far.

    The Downloaded Audio format continues the long-standing trend of seeing continuous growth every month since 2012.

    Religious Presses

    Religious press revenues were up 4.0% year-over-year in July, coming in at $42.5 million, but roughly flat on a year-to-date basis with a decline of 0.2%, and revenues of $358.5 million for the first seven months of the year.


    Year-to-date Education revenues were down 18.7%, coming in at $2.84 billion.

    Revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were down 21.9% for the month, as compared to July of 2019, coming in at $425.7 million. PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were down 24.9% for July 2020, at $549.3 million.  Revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were down 5.2% to $1.38 billion on a year-to-date basis. PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were $1.46 billion on a year-to-date basis, a drop of 28.3% compared to the first seven months of last year.

    Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, increased 20.3% during the month, coming in at $80.2 million. The category was down 0.7% for the first seven months of the year, with $337.2 million in revenue.

    University Presses were up 18.5% as compared to July of 2019, bringing in $5.0 million in revenue. On a year-to-date basis, University Presses declined 9.0%, bringing in $26.7 million for the first seven 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.

  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today announced that Kelly L. Denson has been promoted to Vice President, Education Policy and Programs. She joined AAP in February of 2019 as a senior director focused on higher education initiatives.

    In her newly expanded role Ms. Denson will assume primary responsibility for AAP’s PreK-12 portfolio, while continuing to lead higher education initiatives.

    “It is my true pleasure to announce this promotion,” commented Maria Pallante, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers. “In a relatively short time at AAP, Kelly has displayed an unbeatable combination of leadership, creativity, collaboration, and service. She has guided important affordability discussions with higher education partners and led advocacy and coalition efforts to support stimulus funding for schools. As Kelly turns her attention to policymakers and stakeholders from all parts of the education landscape—and every level of learning—she will be a passionate and principled advocate, not only for AAP’s member companies, but also for the student empowerment and equity objectives that drive education publishing.

    “Kelly steps into her leadership post at a time of unprecedented upheaval in school districts across the country, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to trigger health, safety, and economic challenges for so many people. While experts work around the clock to construct new paradigms for both classroom and online instruction, publishers, too, are at the table, dedicated to delivering the high-quality content, innovative learning solutions, and public private partnerships that are so essential to achieving success for all students.”

    Ms. Denson is both an experienced policy expert and a former teacher. She was Director of Education Policy and Government Affairs at Discovery Communications, where she spent nearly eight years. Before Discovery, she worked for seven years at the Educational Testing Service where she held both policy and public affairs positions. Earlier in her career she worked in student affairs at Boston University, and began her career as a middle school teacher at The Dalton School in New York City.

    During her tenure at Discovery, Ms. Denson worked on education policies and partnerships with a variety of content and technology stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels, including Congressional Offices, the U.S. Department of Education, and The White House. She advised on key issues in education, developed signature company initiatives, and created thought leadership programs and advocacy campaigns on such issues as digital learning and STEM education.

    Ms. Denson holds a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.

    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 or on Twitter and Instagram at @AmericanPublish.