The Association of American Publishers (AAP) 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.

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. Members are also actively involved in shaping educational policy by engaging with policymakers, faculty, and students through advocacy, committee work and forums. 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. See AAP Statistical Reports.

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.