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  • The Association of American Publishers announced today that Jonathan M. Walker has been named Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He is based in Washington, DC and reports directly to President and CEO Maria A. Pallante.  This a new position for the organization.

    “Jonathan brings a long list of leadership accomplishments to the AAP on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as higher education,” Maria Pallante commented. “I am thrilled to welcome him to our team, and equally thrilled that AAP is positioned to both support and elevate the important DEI work taking place in the global publishing industry.”

    In his new role Jonathan Walker will work with AAP’s members, industry partners, and government leaders to coordinate and improve critical information, facilitate best practices, educate stakeholders, and scale success.

    “I am excited to join the dynamic team at AAP,” commented Jonathan Walker. “The publishing industry plays a critical role in advancing principles of justice and equity, particularly in amplifying diverse voices. I look forward to building and sustaining relationships with stakeholders to build on the industry’s current success.” 

    Immediately prior to joining AAP, he served as Senior Assistant Dean, Student Services, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, since 2016.  He has nearly 15 years of progressive experience in higher education at both public and private research institutions as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he also taught and published on equity and student engagement issues.

    Jonathan Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Fayetteville State University, a Master of Science, College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University, and is currently pursuing the degree of Doctor of Education, Human and Organizational Learning at George Washington University. Originally from Spring Lake, North Carolina, he currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia. 

  • Entry Period Extends from Monday, September 19, 2022 through Friday, November 18, 2022

    The Association of American Publishers today announced that the submission period for its prestigious 2023 PROSE Awards will begin on Monday, September 19, 2022 and extend through Friday, November 18, 2022. The PROSE Awards recognize outstanding scholarly books, nonfiction graphic novels, journals, reference works, and e-products.

    The awards recognize the very best scholarly works published in 2022 in the United States in five official categories: Biological and Life Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences & Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Reference Works.

    “We are delighted to announce the submission period for the 2023 PROSE Awards,” said Chief Operating Officer Syreeta Swann. “For more than 45 years these awards have played a key role in elevating best-in-class scholarly publishing, and in raising the standard for excellence across academic fields. We look forward to reviewing the 2023 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. Mathematics has also been brought into the Popular Science and Mathematics category.

    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.

  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released the StatShot Annual report covering the calendar year 2021, estimating that the U.S. book publishing industry generated $29.33 billion industry-wide during the year, the highest number ever reported by StatShot Annual. The number reflects a $3.23 billion increase, or 12.3%, as compared to 2020 revenues of $26.1 billion.  

    “The industry was firing on all cylinders in 2021, delivering benefits up and down the value chain for literature, scholarship, and educational materials,” commented Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers.  “At the end of the day, we know that books are immeasurable and timeless as they make their way in the world.  Nevertheless, in an economy that is overcrowded with entertainment options, it is thrilling and gratifying to see such resounding affirmation for reading.”

    2021 StatShot Annual Report Highlights

    Physical Retail Environment

    2021 saw some important adjustments to consumer behavior that differed from the previous year, including major growth in physical spaces. During the height of the pandemic in 2020, many bookstores were physically closed or offering limited physical services, and fewer people were visiting the stores that were in operation, choosing instead to purchase books from online platforms. In 2020, 50.1% of Trade revenue was attributable to the Online Retail Channel.

    During 2021, however, as COVID restrictions began to ease, many bookstores re-opened and customers returned in full force to the physical sales environment. As a result, during 2021 the Physical Retail Channel climbed 23.9% industry-wide on a year-over-year basis, totaling $6.22 billion. 

    Within the Physical Retail Channel, Trade revenues increased 40.4%, reaching $3.66 billion, reversing a five-year trend of decline. The total percentage of Trade revenue attributable to the Physical Retail Channel for 2021 was 19.5%.

    Online Retail Environment

    Purchases via Online Retail, which include sales of both digital products and physical products sold via online platforms, were also strong, accounting for 32.7% of industry-wide revenue, or $9.60 billion.

    In the Trade sector, Online Retail remained dominant, accounting for 44.7% percent of revenues, or $8.39 billion.

    In terms of year-over-year comparison, Online Retail Channel was roughly flat, falling 0.5% both on an industry-wide basis, and in the Trade category.

    The U.S. Export Market

    Like Physical Retail, the U.S. Export market reversed its pandemic-era decline, with revenues growing to $1.49 billion, an 18.9% increase as compared to 2020. 

    Education

    With students returning to school in larger numbers during 2021, the PreK-12 category saw significant growth, climbing 25.3% to $4.81 billion. 

    Higher Education also grew, climbing 2.8% during 2021, reaching $3.22 billion.

    Trade Formats

    In Trade, physical books continued to dominate the market during the year, with Hardback, Paperback, and Special Bindings each seeing double digit increases in revenue. 

    Trade Paperback revenues increased 14.2% during the year, reaching $6.24 billion, and Trade Hardback revenue increased 13.6%, reaching $7.07 billion, and Special Bindings increased 11.60% reaching $42 million. 

    While eBook revenue had increased for the first time in years during 2020, climbing 12.4%, in 2021 the format again declined, falling 5.0%, and coming in at $1.97 billion. 

    Downloaded Audio continued to grow, climbing 12.8% as compared to 2020, with an estimated revenue of $1.75 billion for the year. The format has seen continuous growth nearly every month since 2012, with the notable exception of November 2020, when it declined 1.6%.

    The full report is available for purchase on AAP’s website.

    Methodology

    The StatShot Annual Report is based on data prepared by Management Practice Inc. (MPI), AAP’s statistics partner, and offers a valuable, financial overview of the book publishing industry that is more than the sum of AAP’s monthly statistics analyses.

    StatShot Annual employs a unique methodology that combines annual data submitted by publishers and distributors, along with market modeling, to estimate the total volume of the U.S. publishing industry. Additionally, StatShot Annual reports estimated revenue and unit sales in the following market segments: Trade (consumer books), Higher Education, PreK-12, Professional, and University Presses. AAP (or its predecessor) has provided this service in a variety of forms since 1947. Participants are listed at the end of this report. MPI states the results of the survey are accurate at a 95% confidence level, plus or minus 5 percentage points. Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

    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 www.publishers.org or on Twitter and Instagram at @AmericanPublish.

  • On September 2, 2022 publishers filed the latest brief in the copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (“IA”), first filed on June 1, 2020 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

    The brief follows publishers’ July 7, 2022 request for summary judgement against the Internet Archive, which explained that both the law and facts of the case indisputably point to infringement and do not require a trial.  

    The most recent filing comprehensively negates the Internet Archive’s own motion for summary judgement, which publishers believe is meritless and misleading.

    The plaintiffs — Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Wiley — brought the lawsuit on behalf of themselves and their authors after the Internet Archive refused to halt its infringement of tens of thousands of their books.    

    Highlights of the publishers’ opposition brief include the following arguments:

    • Appellate courts have previously solidly rejected the first sale and fair use arguments asserted by the Internet Archive, including expressly rejecting these unfounded points:
      • Congress “accidentally” forgot to extend first sale principles to digital files.
      • Retransmitting copies in another medium is “transformative;” and
      • Possession of a physical copy magically negates unauthorized copying and distribution.
    • Contrary to its arguments, the Internet Archive has no way of knowing whether physical and digital copies of a book are in circulation at the same time, and with respect to the “National Emergency Library,” it completely abandoned even the pretense of this rationale.
    • The Internet Archive has shown contempt for authors and the rule of law.  Moreover, no one but the Internet Archive has designated the Internet Archive as a special institution possessing special powers under the law.
    • The Internet Archive is directly competing with authorized eBook channels.

    Read the brief here.

    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 or on Twitter and Instagram at @AmericanPublish.

  • Most Recent Data Continues Long-Term Trend, with Independent Research from Student Watch and Student Monitor Identifying Decline of Between 44% and 48% over the Past Decade

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    Average student spending on college course materials declined during the 2021-2022 school year according to reports from two leading independent research firms.  

    Comparing the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Academic Years

    The most recent report from Student Watch, which is funded by the National Association of College Stores Foundation, found that student spending went from $456 during the 2020-2021 academic year to $339 for the 2021-2022, a decline of 26 percent. 

    Similarly, independent research firm Student Monitor found that average student spending on college course materials, including textbooks and digital materials, declined 22 percent going from $405 last year to an average of $314 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    “This year's average course material spending is the lowest we've recorded over the past 15 years,” said Lacey Wallace, Research Analyst at the National Association of College Stores.

    A Decade Long Trend

    Both research firms also reported dramatic declines in student spending over the past decade, with Student Watch finding a drop of 48 percent over the past ten years, going from $655 during the 2011-2012 to just $339 for 2021-2022 academic year.

    Similarly, Student Monitor reported a 44 percent decline over the same period, with student spending in the category going from an average $557 during 2011-2012 to just $314 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    “Course materials are more affordable now than at any time in the past decade, in large part because Students are tailoring their purchases to the requirements of their individual courses, and taking full advantage of some of the new affordable options,” commented Eric Weil, Managing Partner, Student Monitor. 

    Freedom of Choice: Providing Faculty and Students with Options

    “Higher education publishers have continued to focus on both quality and affordability, and the results have been remarkable,” commented Kelly Denson, Vice President, Education Policy and Programs, AAP. “Student spending on course materials has declined during the past decade — dropping a substantial 44 to 48 percent — publishers have dramatically expanded their offerings, providing high-quality content and courseware within delivery models like Inclusive Access, and rental options in addition to digital, loose leaf print, and individual learning apps. The result gives both faculty and students the freedom and flexibility to choose the materials that work best for their financial and academic needs.”

    Methodologies

    The 2022 Student Watch survey involved 11,800 students across 39 two- and four-year institutions. 

    The Student Monitor findings are the result of hour-long, one-on-one, on campus intercept interviews conducted among 1,412 four-year, full time undergraduates attending 94 representative colleges and universities.