The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents nearly four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning, education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the publishing industry’s legislative, regulatory, and trade priorities regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include copyright and related intellectual property rights, piracy and enforcement strategies, digital growth and related business models, funding for education and libraries, fair tax and trade policies, and freedom of expression and literacy debates.

The Voice of the American Publishing Industry

As the voice of American publishers, AAP is dedicated to representing American publishing priorities worldwide and advancing the role of publishers in contemporary society. Our work focuses on:

  • Advocacy at the state, federal, and international level
  • Digital standards development and monitoring
  • Statistical analysis and reporting
  • Member services

Advocacy: As the primary advocate for American publishers, we work to create a free and sustainable environment for publishers, authors, booksellers and readers around the world. The protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital standards and online piracy, tax and trade policies, censorship and literacy issues—absorb the attention of our staff, as well as AAP’s nearly 50 working committees. Members are also actively involved in shaping educational policy by engaging with policymakers, faculty, and students through advocacy, committee work and forums. For more about our advocacy efforts. See AAP History.

Digital Standards: Through AAP advocacy initiatives, member committees, and special events, we serve as a forum for exploring issues, strategies, and opportunities in the digital world. Our work focuses on technical standards and protocols related to international distribution of digital products; in-house management of digital product research, development, and production; and ebook issues like enhanced e-book products; the EPUB production standard; and cloud-based distribution platforms and security. AAP is also involved in efforts to prevent online piracy.

Statistical Analysis: AAP tracks, analyzes, and reports on the state of the U.S. publishing industry, gathering data from more than 1,500 publishers to generate useful information about market trends and sales revenues. Our reports cover all four sectors of the industry: PreK-12, Higher Education, Trade, and Professional and Scholarly publishing. We also produce the only comprehensive statistical surveys on export sales for each sector.

Member Services: As the leading trade association for the publishing industry, we offer a wide range of member services. We design and present dozens of professional development opportunities—from national conferences to seminars, webinars, and master classes on topical issues and emerging trends. For more about our member services, please see Our Markets

Programs Aligned to Publishing Sectors

While many issues affect all publishers, different market sectors vary greatly in their business models, content delivery, sales channels and customers. AAP was founded as a federation of consumer and educational publishers and has always addressed the unique needs of each sector through dedicated divisions.

Our PreK-12, Higher Education, Trade, and Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) divisions design and present topical programs, outreach initiatives, professional development opportunities, special events and awards programs aligned to the particular concerns and operating models of their respective sectors.