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  • 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. 

  • Trade (Consumer Book) Sales Up 21.3% in January 2021

    The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for January 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 January 2021 were up 10.3% as compared to January 2020, coming in at $1.2 billion.

    Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

    Trade (Consumer Books) sales were up 21.3% in January, coming in at $689.5 million. 

    In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of January, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were up 25.5%, coming in at $244.2 million; Paperbacks were up 17.9%, with $227.5 million in revenue; Mass Market was up 39.9% to $19.5 million; and Board Books were down 3.4%, with $17.2 million in revenue. 

    eBook revenues were up 21.0% for the month as compared to January of 2020 for a total of $91.6 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 17.6% for January, coming in at $59.1 million in revenue. Physical Audio was up 21.8% coming in at $2.0 million.

    Religious Presses

    Religious press revenues were down 0.5% in January, coming in at $61.7 million. Revenue fell across all tracked formats, with the exception of eBooks which rose 15.3% to $4.5 million.


    During January 2021 Education revenues were $462.7 million, down 2.3% compared with January of 2020. 

    Revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were down 2.6% for the month, as compared to January of 2020, coming in at $429.7 million. 

    PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were up 1.6% for January 2021, at $33.0 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 8.0% during the month, coming in at $51.0 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.

  • Today, the AAP submitted testimony to the Maryland legislature regarding Maryland State Senate Bill 432, which would force publishers to license digital works to all Maryland public libraries under so-called “reasonable terms” if the digital works in question have been otherwise made available to the public.  In its statement, AAP affirmed the fundamental importance of libraries as customers for a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books offered by publishers and authors in a variety of formats, including eBooks and audiobooks, but noted that the legislation would undermine the long-established and unambiguous federal legal framework enacted by Congress to govern the distribution of copyrighted works. AAP notes that the bill is preempted by federal law and is likely unconstitutional.  AAP’s testimony is available here.

  • The following is a statement from Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers:

    “The American Booksellers Association newly released whitepaper, American Monopoly: Amazon’s Anti-Competitive Behavior is in Violation of Antitrust Laws, provides a clear outline of the longstanding, anti-competitive behavior that has enabled Amazon to gain a dominant position in the publishing industry.  As AAP noted in comments filed with the FTC in 2019, the fact is that no publisher can avoid distributing through Amazon and, for all intents and purposes, Amazon dictates the economic terms, with publishers paying more for Amazon’s services each year and receiving less in return.  At the same time Amazon’s approach to its bookstore enables widespread counterfeiting, defective products, and fake reviews that both degrade the consumer experience and diminish the incentives of authors and publishers to create new works and bring them to the marketplace.  We thank the American Booksellers Association for making a clear, concise, and powerful case for government officials to step in quickly and decisively to exercise corrective measures and appropriate governance of this dominant platform.”

  • The following is a statement from Lui M. Simpson, Senior Vice President, Global Policy, Association of American Publishers, on the appointment of Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative:

    “On behalf of publishers from across the United States, AAP congratulates Ambassador Tai on her historic appointment as U.S. Trade Representative.  She brings considerable trade policy experience to the position, having served as the former chief counsel for China trade enforcement at USTR and the chief Democratic trade lawyer for the House Ways and Means Committee.  We look forward to working with Ambassador Tai and USTR officials on advancing the administration’s trade policy agenda, including the promotion of strong intellectual property protection and enforcement and addressing the China Section 301 tariffs.”