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Julia A. Reidhead, Chairman and President of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., Elected Chair, AAP Board of Directors

Julia A. Reidhead, Chairman and President of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., Elected Chair, AAP Board of Directors

Washington, DC — The Association of American Publishers announced today that its Directors have elected Julia A. Reidhead as Chair of the Board for the 2023-2024 term. Ms. Reidhead, who is Chairman and President of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., has served on the Board since 2020 and served as Vice Chair during the 2022-2023 term. She assumes the Chair as W. W. Norton—the largest independent and employee-owned book publishing firm in the United States—celebrates its 100th anniversary. 

Incoming AAP Board Chair Julia Reidhead is the Chairman and President of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. (photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan)

The Board also re-elected Brian Napack, President and CEO of John Wiley & Sons, as an officer, in the position of Vice Chair. Mr. Napack has been a Director since 2017 and an officer since 2019, including serving as Chair of the Board from September 2020 to January 2022. Jeremy North, Managing Director, Books, Taylor & Francis, was re-elected to a fourth term as Treasurer.  He has served as a Director since 2015 and an officer since 2020. Michael Pietsch, Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group, transitions from Chair of the Board during the 2022-2023 term to the position of Immediate Past Chair. He has served as a Director since 2013 and an officer since 2021.

“Julia Reidhead leads a historic publishing house at W. W. Norton that has long been committed to independent authorship, groundbreaking scholarship, and robust education, or put another way, the values and objectives of the modern publishing industry,” commented Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers. “Her tenure as AAP’s Chair coincides with alarming attacks on the laws and policies that make publishing markets possible, including efforts to normalize piracy, undercut licensing, and sanction censorship.  But what good fortune to have this Chair, this set of officers, and this Board acting in service to the industry at this important time.”

“Additionally, the AAP community is indebted to outgoing Chair Michael Pietsch for his tireless, clear-sighted leadership at the helm,” said Ms. Pallante. “Among many 2022 highlights under his watch is the Maryland district court’s unequivocal affirmation in AAP v. Frosh that it “is only through the protection of copyright that books and other creative works may be generated and distributed at all.” 

“The AAP Board of Directors has a long and distinguished track record of effective stewardship,” commented Julia Reidhead. “It is a privilege to assume the role of Chair, to work hand in hand with my fellow Board members and AAP’s talented team, to represent the many large and small publishers in this essential industry, and to address the extremely pressing challenges that will have a direct impact on the immediate and long-term vitality of publishing—from incentivizing copyright markets to facilitating critical dialogues around free speech, diversity, and sustainability.” 

In related news, the AAP launched two new member programs this month on DEI and Environmental Stewardship, formalizing work that was championed by previous chairs John Sargent, Brian Napack, and Michael Pietsch. Also this month, the Board welcomed Vikram Savkar, who is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Medical Markets at Wolters Kluwer Health,as its newest Director. He joins Blaise Simqu, CEO, SAGE Publications; James Milne, President, American Chemical Society Publications; Jon Yaged, President, Macmillan Publishers US; and Tom ap Simon, President, Pearson Higher Education and Virtual Learning; all of whom joined the Board for their companies during the course of 2022.   

About Julia A. Reidhead

Julia A. Reidhead is Chairman and President of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.. She is the first woman to lead the company and to oversee all of its departments, including College, Trade, Norton Ltd., W. W. Norton Canada, and the imprints Liveright, Countryman Press, Norton Professional Books, and Norton Young Readers. Ms. Reidhead previously served as Vice President and Publishing Director of Norton’s College Department, where, for more than 30 years, she was the principal in-house editor of the lauded Norton Anthologies, among them The Norton Anthology of English Literature and first editions of The Norton ShakespeareThe Norton Anthology of African American Literature, and The Norton Anthology of World Religions. On the Trade side, she has edited works by Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, Pauli Murray, Russell Shorto, and Anne Enright. 

In addition to chairing the Association of American Publishers, Ms. Reidhead serves on the board of the National Book Foundation and was Chair of the Board of Governors of Yale University Press from 2012 to 2022.

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.

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AAP November 2022 StatShot Report: Overall Publishing Industry Down 6.0% Year-To-Date, and 14.4% for Month of November

AAP November 2022 StatShot Report: Overall Publishing Industry Down 6.0% Year-To-Date, and 14.4% for Month of November

Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Down 13.7% for Month of November, and 6.1% Year-to-Date

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for November 2022 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing. The report does not include PreK-12 revenue due to delays in data collection.

Total revenues across all categories, excluding PreK-12, for November 2022 were down 14.4% as compared to November 2021, coming in at $1.0 billion. Year-to-date revenues were down 6.0%, at $11.6 billion for the first eleven months of the year.

Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

Trade (Consumer Books) sales were down 13.7% in November, coming in at $863.4 million.

In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of November, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were down 22.4%, coming in at $355.2 million; Paperbacks were down 5.4%, with $274.2 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 14.9% to $19.5 million; and Special Bindings was down 15.9%, with $20.0 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 10.4% for the month as compared to November 2021 for a total of $83.1 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 5.6% for November, coming in at $73.9 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 33.7% coming in at $1.7 million.

Year-to-date Trade revenues were down 6.1%, at $8.4 billion for the first eleven months of the year. Hardback revenues were down 14.1%, coming in at $3.0 billion; Paperbacks were up 1.3%, with $3.0 billion in revenue; Mass Market was down 23.8% to $170.9 million; and Special Bindings were down 4.3%, with $185.7 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 6.3% as compared to the first eleven months of 2021 for a total of $928.0 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 7.2%, coming in at $767.0 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 30.5% coming in at $14.5 million.

Religious Presses

Religious press revenues were down 6.5% in November, coming in at $71.0 million. Hardback revenues were down 3.7% to $46.5 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 14.4% to $10.2 million, eBook revenues were down 32.2% coming in at $4.5 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were down 6.4% at $3.9 million.

On a year-to-date basis, religious press revenues were down 6.2%, reaching $697.3 million. Hardback revenues were down 6.9% at $416.8 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 8.6% to $115.6 million, eBook revenues were down 12.6% at $51.3 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 4.9% at $38.9 million. 

Education

During November 2022 revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were $117.8 million, down 19.2% compared with November 2021. Year-to-date Higher Education Course Materials revenues were $2.8 billion, down 6.0% compared to the first eleven months of 2021.

Professional Books

Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were down 7.4% during the month, coming in at $37.3 million. Year-to-date Professional Books revenues were $404.4 million, down 3.9% as compared to the first eleven months of 2021.

AAP’s StatShot

AAP StatShot reports the monthly and yearly net revenue of publishing houses from U.S. sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, and other channels. StatShot draws revenue data from approximately 1,368 publishers, although participation may fluctuate slightly from report to report. 

StatShot reports are designed to give ongoing revenue snapshots across publishing sectors 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 both a month-to-month and year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

Monthly and yearly StatShot reports may not align completely across reporting periods, because: a) The pool of StatShot participants may fluctuate from report to report; and b) Like any business, it is common accounting practice for publishing houses to update and restate their previously reported revenue data. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports first indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports to AAP, permitting AAP in turn to report information that is more accurate than previously reported.

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AAP October 2022 StatShot Report: Publishing Industry Down 5.1% Year-To-Date and Down 9.3% for October

AAP October 2022 StatShot Report: Publishing Industry Down 5.1% Year-To-Date and Down 9.3% for October

Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Down 13.7% in October, and Down 5.1% Year-to-Date

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for October 2022 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing. The report does not include PreK-12 revenue due to delays in data collection.

Total revenues across all categories, excluding PreK-12, for October 2022 were down 9.3% as compared to October 2021, coming in at $1.2 billion. Year-to-date revenues were down 5.1%, at $10.6 billion for the first ten months of the year.

Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

Trade (Consumer Books) sales were down 13.7% in October, coming in at $978.3 million.

In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of October, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were down 16.7%, coming in at $443.8 million; Paperbacks were down 14.2%, with $296.8 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 65.7% to $7.2 million; and Special Bindings was down 8.5%, with $25.0 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 2.1% for the month as compared to October 2021 for a total of $82.9 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 16.4% for October, coming in at $74.9 million in revenue. Physical Audio was up 16.2% coming in at $1.9 million.

Year-to-date Trade revenues were down 5.1%, at $7.5 billion for the first ten months of the year. Hardback revenues were down 12.9%, coming in at $2.6 billion; Paperbacks were up 2.1%, with $2.7 billion in revenue; Mass Market was down 24.8% to $151.4 million; and Special Bindings were down 2.7%, with $165.7 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 5.9% as compared to the first ten months of 2021 for a total of $844.8 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 7.4%, coming in at $693.1 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 30.0% coming in at $12.8 million.

Religious Presses

Religious press revenues were down 6.1% in October, coming in at $76.4 million. Hardback revenues were down 2.4% to $51.7 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 24.6% to $9.1 million, eBook revenues were down 7.6% coming in at $4.3 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 21.0% at $3.3 million.

On a year-to-date basis, religious press revenues were down 6.2%, reaching $626.3 million. Hardback revenues were down 7.3% at $370.3 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 8.0% to $105.4 million, eBook revenues were down 10.0% at $46.8 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 6.3% at $35.0 million. 

Education

During October 2022 revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were $181.1 million, up 19.4% compared with October 2021. Year-to-date Higher Education Course Materials revenues were $2.6 billion, down 5.3% compared to the first ten months of 2021.

Professional Books

Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were up 9.6% during the month, coming in at $48.7 million. Year-to-date Professional Books revenues were $367.1 million, down 3.5% as compared to the first ten months of 2021.

AAP’s StatShot

AAP StatShot reports the monthly and yearly net revenue of publishing houses from U.S. sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, and other channels. StatShot draws revenue data from approximately 1,368 publishers, although participation may fluctuate slightly from report to report. 

StatShot reports are designed to give ongoing revenue snapshots across publishing sectors 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 both a month-to-month and year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

Monthly and yearly StatShot reports may not align completely across reporting periods, because: a) The pool of StatShot participants may fluctuate from report to report; and b) Like any business, it is common accounting practice for publishing houses to update and restate their previously reported revenue data. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports first indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports to AAP, permitting AAP in turn to report information that is more accurate than previously reported.

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AAP September 2022 StatShot Report: Publishing Industry Down 4.5% Year-To-Date and Down 1.4% for September

AAP September 2022 StatShot Report: Publishing Industry Down 4.5% Year-To-Date and Down 1.4% for September

Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Down 2.6% in September, and Down 3.6% Year-to-Date

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for September 2022 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing. The report does not include PreK-12 revenue due to delays in data collection.

Total revenues across all categories, excluding PreK-12, for September 2022 were down 1.4% as compared to September 2021, coming in at $1.4 billion. Year-to-date revenues were down 4.5%, at $9.3 billion for the first nine months of the year.

Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

Trade (Consumer Books) sales were down 2.6% in September, coming in at $917.5 million.

In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of September, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were down 12.7%, coming in at $344.5 million; Paperbacks were down 4.2%, with $322.0 million in revenue; Mass Market was up 13.5% to $18.6 million; and Special Bindings were also up 1.9%, with $24.2 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 2.7% for the month as compared to September 2021 for a total of $85.9 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 13.6% for September, coming in at $75.0 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 20.3% coming in at $1.7 million.

Year-to-date Trade revenues were down 3.6%, at $6.5 billion for the first nine months of the year. Hardback revenues were down 12.1%, coming in at $2.2 billion; Paperbacks were up 4.6%, with $2.4 billion in revenue; Mass Market was down 20.2% to $143.9 million; and Special Bindings were down 1.6%, with $140.7 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 6.3% as compared to the first nine months of 2021 for a total of $759.2 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 6.4%, coming in at $618.2 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 34.7% coming in at $10.9 million.

Religious Presses

Religious press revenues were down 3.1% in September, coming in at $67.4 million. Hardback revenues were down 5.5% to $40.8 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 14.2% to $10.7 million, eBook revenues were down 12.4% coming in at $4.2 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 23.2% at $3.2 million.

On a year-to-date basis, religious press revenues were down 6.1%, reaching $522.3 million. Hardback revenues were down 8.4% at $300.5 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 8.4% to $87.0 million, eBook revenues were down 10.3% at $40.0 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 5.0% at $31.7 million. 

Education

During September 2022 revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were $450.4 million, up 1.5% compared with September 2021. Year-to-date Higher Education Course Materials revenues were $2.4 billion, down 6.7% compared to the first nine months of 2021.

Professional Books

Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were down 13.0% during the month, coming in at $35.5 million. Year-to-date Professional Books revenues were $318.4 million, down 5.3% as compared to the first nine months of 2021.

AAP’s StatShot

AAP StatShot reports the monthly and yearly net revenue of publishing houses from U.S. sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, and other channels. StatShot draws revenue data from approximately 1,368 publishers, although participation may fluctuate slightly from report to report. 

StatShot reports are designed to give ongoing revenue snapshots across publishing sectors 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 both a month-to-month and year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

Monthly and yearly StatShot reports may not align completely across reporting periods, because: a) The pool of StatShot participants may fluctuate from report to report; and b) Like any business, it is common accounting practice for publishing houses to update and restate their previously reported revenue data. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports first indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports to AAP, permitting AAP in turn to report information that is more accurate than previously reported.

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J. Carl Maxwell Named Vice President, Public Policy, Association of American Publishers

J. Carl Maxwell Named Vice President, Public Policy, Association of American Publishers

The Association of American Publishers announced today that J. Carl Maxwell has joined the organization as Vice President, Public Policy.   Mr. Maxwell is based in Washington, DC and reports to Shelley Husband, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

“Carl joins our team with a rigorous background in public policy including deep experience advancing scholarly publishing and scientific integrity,” commented Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers. “It is a pleasure to welcome him to the team, where he will be a key industry leader on emerging global issues.”

“AAP’s advocacy work is second to none,” commented Carl Maxwell. “I am eager to work with the talented membership and all parts of the publishing community to solve challenges and explore new possibilities.”

In his new role, Carl will engage on a wide range of government and industry developments to advance a viable legal framework for houses of all sizes and specialties, both commercial and not-for-profit publishers.   Collectively, AAP’s members publish millions of peer-reviewed research journals a year—in virtually every field of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and the humanities. 

Before joining AAP, Carl was with the American Chemical Society for nineteen years, most recently managing government affairs, including open science and sustainability issues.  He began his career on Capitol Hill, where he worked for both Democrat and Republican lawmakers for five years. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bates College and is a Red Sox fan.

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Editorial Dahbar, Venezuela, Receives 2022 AAP International Freedom to Publish Award

Editorial Dahbar, Venezuela, Receives 2022 AAP International Freedom to Publish Award

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today awarded Editorial Dahbar, Venezuela, the 2022 AAP International Freedom to Publish | Jeri Laber Award. Given annually, the award recognizes a publisher outside the United States who has demonstrated courage and fortitude in defending freedom of expression.  In bestowing this award, AAP has long been guided by the principle that if one of us is denied the right to publish, that threat affects us all. 

Sergio Dahbar

“It is with respect, gratitude, and admiration that we recognize Editorial Dahbar with our International Freedom to Publish Award,” commented Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO, Association of American Publishers. “In doing so, we are reminded that  publishers around the world routinely risk their freedom and safety to bring important works to light.”

“Editorial Dahbar has exhibited tremendous courage and commitment in continuing to publish, even as the social and political environments in Venezuela have deteriorated, causing many others to flee the country,” commented Terry Adams, Chair, AAP Freedom to Publish Committee and Digital and Paperback Publisher, Little, Brown and Company. “Today we applaud Sergio Dahbar and his colleagues for their bravery, even as we celebrate our shared belief that the dissemination of ideas and information through books is essential to the restoration and maintenance of democratic society.”

“It is an honor to receive this award, a recognition for the work we do in difficult conditions and an encouragement to continue defending those who are silenced, who have no voice to express their ideas,” commented Sergio Dahbar, founder of Editorial Dahbar.

The Publishing Environment in Venezuela 

Most publishing houses fled Venezuela in the mid-2000s, partly in response to economic issues, but also as the result of a new law against “hate speech” that gave the authorities broad powers to silence speech that was critical of the government. 

As one of the few publishers still operating in the country, Editorial Dahbar and its authors face danger from both organized crime syndicates that work with the government, and the government itself. Some of Editorial Dahbar’s authors have been forced to flee the country.

In addition to harassment of authors, the Venezuelan state has a history of applying economic pressure to its critics. As one example, Venezuelan bookstores with links to the state refuse to carry books from Editorial Dahbar.

Sample Titles from Editorial Dahbar

Ahora van a conocer al Diablo

Ahora van a conocer al Diablo, published in October 2021, features interviews with 10 political prisoners who have suffered abuse and torture by different officials of the Venezuelan government. The news outlet El Pitazo wrote, “The book is a risk, in every way. Not only because it is a printed publication in times when Venezuelan publishers have had to reinvent themselves and emigrate in order to survive, but because of the journalistic exercise that made possible the collection of these raw, painful testimonies.”

Doble crimen. Tortura, esclavitud sexual e impunidad

Doble crimen. Tortura, esclavitud sexual e impunidad, which was published in 2021, tells the story of Linda Loaiza, a victim of a “double crime”: gender-based violence, followed by attempts on the part of prosecutors, judges, and public officials to silence her complaints and minimize facts.

Afiuni, la presa del comandante

Afiuni, la presa del comandante, published in 2021, tells the story of María Lourdes Afuini, a lawyer and judge who was arbitrarily and illegally detained for following United Nation’s guidance in releasing a prisoner who had been held in pre-trial detention for three years – one year longer than is allowed under Venezuelan law.  

Estado delincuente

Published in December 2020, Estado delincuente deals with governmental corruption. The author of Estado delincuente, Carlos Tablante, had to flee the country and now lives in Spain. 

El gran saqueo

El gran saqueo, published in November 2015, takes a deep dive into corrupt Venezuelan institutions, looking at collaborations among organized crime syndicates, government officials, and military personnel that resulted in at least $25 billion being stolen through the creation of fictitious companies, looting, and misuse of public money, leaving a nation in need without critical government support. 

El prisionero rojo

El prisionero rojo, published in November 2013, tells the story of Iván Simonovis, the Metropolitan Secretary of Security turned famous Venezuelan prisoner. Blamed by Chavismo for the violent attempt to unseat Hugo Chavez in 2002, Simonovis was subject to a sham trial, with many irregularities and minimal evidence, leading to an unjust 30-year sentence.

Essays, Fiction, Diaries

In addition to investigative journalism, Editorial Dahbar specializes in essays, as well as fiction, memoirs, diaries, and other testimonials, and has published more than 110 titles in the eleven years since its founding.

How to Support Editorial Dahbar

Ongoing international attention can help protect Editorial Dahbar from future attacks and attempts to limit its freedom to publish. As a result, Editorial Dahbar asks that you follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Tiktok under *@editorialdahbar* for updates and news. 

About the AAP International Freedom to Publish | Jeri Laber Award:

The International Freedom to Publish Award, which was established in 2002, recognizes a publisher outside the United States who has demonstrated courage and fortitude in defending freedom of expression. The award, which includes a cash prize, is named in honor of Jeri Laber, a co-founder of Human Rights Watch and founding member of AAP’s Freedom to Publish Committee. In some instances, the honoree’s particular circumstances may prevent him or her from accepting the award or communicating in person.

Previous recipients of the award include Guatemala-based F&G Editores in 2021, Bangladesh-based Jagriti Publishing House in 2020; South Africa–based NB Publishers in 2019; and in 2018 Azadeh Parsapour, a London-based publisher of censored Iranian authors.

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 at @AmericanPublish.

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AAP Extends Deadline for 2023 PROSE Awards 

AAP Extends Deadline for 2023 PROSE Awards 

Entry Period Now Ends on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Association of American Publishers today announced that it has extended the submission period for its prestigious 2023 PROSE Awards through Wednesday, November 23rd (the original deadline was Friday, November 18, 2022).

The PROSE Awards recognize outstanding scholarly books, nonfiction graphic novels, journals, reference works, and e-products in five official categories: Biological and Life Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences & Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Reference Works.

“We have been delighted by the enthusiastic response to this year’s call for submissions, and we are happy to accommodate publisher requests to extend the submission period for the 2023 PROSE Awards until Wednesday, November 23rd,” said Chief Operating Officer Syreeta Swann. “As always, our PROSE Awards Judges look forward to reviewing all of this year’s 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. In addition, we are excited to announce the broadening of the PROSE Mathematics category to include Statistics. Entries that examine advanced and high-level mathematics and statistics topics should be submitted to the Mathematics and Statistics category. Entries that interpret science and math for general audiences should be submitted to the Popular Science and Popular Mathematics category. Entries may include books, journals, nonfiction graphic novels, eProducts, and reference works.

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.

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Comment from Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President, Global Policy for the Association of American Publishers (AAP), on the DOJ’s Recent Action in the Z Library Case

Comment from Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President, Global Policy for the Association of American Publishers (AAP), on the DOJ’s Recent Action in the Z Library Case

Below is a comment from Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President, Global Policy, AAP, on the U.S. Department of Justice charging the operators of the Z Library with criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud, and money laundering. 

“We applaud the Department of Justice for taking decisive action against the operators of Z-Library. There is a growing — and disturbing — trend of pirate operations masquerading as libraries to manipulate and evade the law. This action sends a clear message that industrial scale infringement will not be tolerated, no matter what the perpetrators call themselves. We are grateful for the hard work of the FBI, as well as the Authors Guild and the UK Publishers Association, in stopping this infringing enterprise.”

Read Department of Justice press release here.

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AAP August 2022 StatShot Report: Publishing Industry Down 5.0% Year-To-Date and Down 9.0% for August

AAP August 2022 StatShot Report: Publishing Industry Down 5.0% Year-To-Date and Down 9.0% for August

Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Down 10.5% in August, and Down 3.8% Year-to-Date

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for August 2022 reflecting reported revenue for Trade (Consumer Books), Higher Education Course Materials, and Professional Publishing. The report does not include PreK-12 revenue due to delays in data collection but will be updated as soon as that data becomes available.

Total revenues across all categories, excluding PreK-12, for August 2022 were down 9.0% as compared to August 2021, coming in at $1.4 billion. Year-to-date revenues were down 5.0%, at $7.9 billion for the first eight months of the year.

Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

Trade (Consumer Books) sales were down 10.5% in August, coming in at $744.3 million.

In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of August, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were down 19.5%, coming in at $238.4 million; Paperbacks were down 8.6%, with $277.4 million in revenue; Mass Market was down 15.2% to $15.1 million; while Special Bindings were down 16.8%, with $17.5 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were up 2.7% for the month as compared to August 2021 for a total of $90.7 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 11.5% for August, coming in at $73.0 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 27.1% coming in at $1.1 million.

Year-to-date Trade revenues were down 3.8%, at $5.6 billion for the first eight months of the year. Hardback revenues were down 12.1%, coming in at $1.8 billion; Paperbacks were up 4.6%, with $2.1 billion in revenue; Mass Market was down 23.8% to $125.5 million; and Special Bindings were down 2.3%, with $116.5 million in revenue.

eBook revenues were down 6.7% as compared to the first eight months of 2021 for a total of $673.3 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 5.5%, coming in at $543.2 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 36.8% coming in at $9.2 million.

Religious Presses

Religious press revenues were down 17.8% in August, coming in at $58.8 million. Hardback revenues were down 18.8% to $34.6 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 33.2% to $8.9 million, eBook revenues were up 4.1% coming in at $4.5 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 5.3% at $3.8 million.

On a year-to-date basis, religious press revenues were down 6.6%, reaching $454.9 million. Hardback revenues were down 8.8% at $259.6 million in revenue, Paperback revenues were down 7.5% to $76.2 million, eBook revenues were down 10.1% at $35.8 million, and Downloaded Audio revenues were up 3.3% at $28.5 million. 

Education

During August 2022 revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were $562.7 million, down 6.5% compared with August 2021. Year-to-date Higher Education Course Materials revenues were $2.0 billion, down 8.4% compared to the first eight months of 2021.

Professional Books

Professional Books, including business, medical, law, technical and scientific, were down 14.9% during the month, coming in at $42.6 million. Year-to-date Professional Books revenues were $282.9 million, down 4.3% as compared to the first eight months of 2021.

AAP’s StatShot

AAP StatShot reports the monthly and yearly net revenue of publishing houses from U.S. sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, and other channels. StatShot draws revenue data from approximately 1,368 publishers, although participation may fluctuate slightly from report to report. 

StatShot reports are designed to give ongoing revenue snapshots across publishing sectors 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 both a month-to-month and year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

Monthly and yearly StatShot reports may not align completely across reporting periods, because: a) The pool of StatShot participants may fluctuate from report to report; and b) Like any business, it is common accounting practice for publishing houses to update and restate their previously reported revenue data. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports first indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports to AAP, permitting AAP in turn to report information that is more accurate than previously reported.

Press Release

Application Now Open for AAP-UNCF Paid Internship Program for Summer 2023

Application Now Open for AAP-UNCF Paid Internship Program for Summer 2023

Paid Internship Program Available to Junior and Senior Students of Color Attending Any College or University Throughout the United States

Washington, DC —The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Internship Program is accepting applications for the eighth year of its partnership to provide paid summer internships to students with an interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. Students of color who are juniors and graduating seniors from any accredited college or university in the United States are eligible for this program.

The deadline to apply for next summer’s program is Jan. 15, 2023, with internship placement for summer 2023.

Previous participating companies have included Bloomsbury USA, Elsevier, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Holiday House, Inc./Peachtree, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press, Scholastic, Inc., Taylor & Francis Group, W.W. Norton & Company, and the AAP.

“We are excited to continue to offer this hands-on opportunity for students often underrepresented in the publishing industry to gain real working experience in the industry,” said Taliah Givens, senior director, student professional development programs, UNCF. “Now in our eighth year of partnership with AAP, we’ve seen dozens of students go through the program and create the relationships and networks that support first steps into publishing industry careers.”

“The AAP-UNCF partnership is one of the critically important pathways to bring talented voices to the publishing space,” said Jonathan Walker, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, AAP. “We are excited to give students the opportunity to connect with the industry, and both learn from and impact their organizations, setting themselves up to be the next successful generation of publishing employees.”

History of the AAP – UNCF Partnership

Initiated in 2016, the program has provided over 50 internships to date giving rising and graduating seniors opportunities to learn the business of publishing while working directly with executives responsible for bringing important knowledge and stories to readers every day. Internships have been secured in Washington, DC, New York, Boston, Princeton, St. Louis and Atlanta.

Program Requirements

Applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, a record of leadership and community service, and strong writing skills are encouraged to apply online here.

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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.

About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. While totaling only 3% of all colleges and universities, UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 13% of bachelor’s degrees, 5% of master’s degrees, 10% of doctoral degrees and 24% of all STEM degrees earned by Black students in higher education. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.