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AAP Welcomes 2021 USTR Special 301 Report Addressing Continuing Copyright Protection and Enforcement Issues

AAP Welcomes 2021 USTR Special 301 Report Addressing Continuing Copyright Protection and Enforcement Issues

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomes the release of the 2021 Special 301 Report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The report, which highlights key markets in which publishers have significant copyright concerns and face market-access barriers, is a critically important tool for policymakers to use in identifying issues that impede the ability of U.S. copyright owners to compete in foreign markets.

China is once again listed as a Priority Watch List country, as online piracy and the sale of counterfeit products on ecommerce sites continue to be significant problems.  Canada also remains on the Watch List, with the Report noting that the U.S. government “remains deeply troubled by the ambiguous education-related exception added to the copyright law in 2012, which reportedly has significantly damaged the market for educational publishers and authors.”  

“AAP greatly appreciates the continued efforts of USTR and its interagency colleagues to highlight the concerns of U.S. rights holders through the Special 301 process. Strong copyright protection and adequate enforcement are essential to publishers’ continued ability to deliver informative, educational, and entertaining content,” said Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President for Global Policy at AAP.

The 2021 Special 301 Report from USTR is available here

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AAP FEBRUARY 2021 STATSHOT REPORT: PUBLISHING INDUSTRY UP 24.7% FOR SECOND MONTH OF 2021, AND 16.4% YEAR TO DATE

AAP FEBRUARY 2021 STATSHOT REPORT: PUBLISHING INDUSTRY UP 24.7% FOR SECOND MONTH OF 2021, AND 16.4% YEAR TO DATE

Trade (Consumer Book) Revenues Up 19.1% in February and 20.3% Year to Date

April 27, 2021 — The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for February 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 February 2021 were up 24.7% as compared to February 2020, coming in at $964.5 million. Year to date revenues were up 16.4%, at $2.2 billion for the first two months of the year.

Trade (Consumer Books) Revenues

Trade (Consumer Books) sales were up 19.1% in February, coming in at $646.6 million, and up 20.3% year to date, with $1.3 billion in revenue.

In terms of physical paper format revenues during the month of February, in the Trade (Consumer Books) category, Hardback revenues were up 26.9%, coming in at $232.8 million; Paperbacks were up 9.2%, with $186.3 million in revenue; Mass Market was up 35.7% to $21.7 million; and Board Books were up 3.2%, with $12.4 million in revenue. 

eBook revenues were up 19.8% for the month as compared to February of 2020 for a total of $99.3 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 27.8% for February, coming in at $71.7 million in revenue. Physical Audio was down 20.9% coming in at $1.2 million.

Year to date, Hardback revenues were up 26.2%, coming in at $477.0 million; Paperbacks were up 14.1%, with $413.9 million in revenue; Mass Market was up 37.6% to $41.2 million; and Board Books were down 2.6%, with $29.6 million in revenue. 

eBook revenues were up 20.4% as compared to the first two months of 2020 for a total of $191.0 million. The Downloaded Audio format was up 23.7%, coming in at $131.6 million in revenue. Physical Audio was up 1.1% coming in at $3.2 million.

Religious Presses

Religious press revenues were up 13.7% in February, coming in at $67.0 million. 

On a year-to date basis, religious press revenues were up 6.4%, at 128.7 million.

Education

During February of 2021 Education revenues were $269.2 million, up 46.7% compared with February of 2020. Year to date education revenues were $731.8 million, up 11.4% as compared to the first two months of 2020.

Revenues from Higher Education Course Materials were up 60.0% for the month, as compared to February of 2020, coming in at $239.1 million. Year to date Higher Education was up 13.2%, at $668.8 million.

PreK-12 Instructional Materials revenues were down 11.6% for February 2021, at $30.1 million.  Year to date PreK-12 revenues were down 5.2%, coming in at $63.1 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 7.8% during the month, coming in at $39.8 million. Year to date Professional Books were $90.8 million, up 7.9% as compared to the first two months of 2020.

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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.

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Publishers Celebrate World IP Day 2021: Taking Ideas to Market

Publishers Celebrate World IP Day 2021:  Taking Ideas to Market

As announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, this year’s World Intellectual Property Day shines a light on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the economy, which use intellectual property rights to build stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses.

“Here in Washington, DC, we are proud to dedicate World IP Day to the many small and medium sized publishing houses in AAP’s membership and around the globe,” Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of AAP commented. “We note the enormous contributions of these businesses to literature, scientific advancement, and life-long education, and thank them for investing in authors, readers, and the transformative power of written expression.  We also pause to recognize the Copyright Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which our Nation’s leaders prioritized at the outset in 1787, when the United States was but a small to medium sized country inspired by the marketplace of ideas.”

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Shelley Husband Named Senior Vice-President, Government Affairs and Special Projects, Association of American Publishers

Shelley Husband Named Senior Vice-President, Government Affairs and Special Projects, Association of American Publishers

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. 

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AAP JANUARY 2021 STATSHOT REPORT: PUBLISHING INDUSTRY UP 10.3% FOR FIRST MONTH OF 2021

AAP JANUARY 2021 STATSHOT REPORT: PUBLISHING INDUSTRY UP 10.3% FOR FIRST MONTH OF 2021

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.

Education

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.

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AAP Testimony to the Maryland Legislature Regarding Maryland State Senate Bill 432

AAP Testimony to the Maryland Legislature Regarding Maryland State Senate Bill 432

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.

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Association of American Publishers Comments on American Booksellers Association Whitepaper, “American Monopoly: Amazon’s Anti-Competitive Behavior is in Violation of Antitrust Laws”

Association of American Publishers Comments on American Booksellers Association Whitepaper, “American Monopoly: Amazon’s Anti-Competitive Behavior is in Violation of Antitrust Laws”

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.”

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AAP Congratulates Ambassador Tai on her historic appointment as U.S. Trade Representative

AAP Congratulates Ambassador Tai on her historic appointment as U.S. Trade Representative

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.”

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APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR AAP-UNCF PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM APPROACHING

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR AAP-UNCF PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM APPROACHING

Paid internship program available to minority juniors and seniors 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 sixth year of its partnership to provide paid summer internships to incoming and graduating seniors with interest in pursuing a career in the publishing industry.

Originally available to students attending our nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the program was expanded last year to include minority students who are rising and graduating seniors from any college or university in the United States.

This year, AAP-UNCF Internship Program will provide remote, paid summer internships at AAP member publishing companies includingBloomsbury, Elsevier (RELX), Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, Princeton University Press (interns for Princeton must reside in New Jersey), Scholastic, and W.W. Norton & Company, as well as at AAP itself. For the summer of 2021 the program will have the capacity to accommodate 13 students.

“Now in its sixth year, this partnership has proven itself to be nothing less than essential,” said Syreeta Swann, AAP Vice President, Programs and Administration, “and as the pandemic continues to impact the academic experience, this year’s program is more important than ever, providing our interns with first hand exposure to the dynamic business environments of our publishers  and our publishers with an important first-look at talented students who will be the business leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming the incoming class.” 

History of the AAP – UNCF Partnership

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

Program Requirements

Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a record of leadership and community service, and strong writing skills are encouraged to apply online here. The deadline to apply for AAP-UNCF internships isMarch 26, 2021.

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/news or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.

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Terrence Hart Named General Counsel, Association of American Publishers

Terrence Hart Named General Counsel, Association of American Publishers

Washington, DC, March 8, 2021 — Association of American Publishers (AAP) President and CEO Maria A. Pallante today announced that Terrence Hart has been named General Counsel for AAP, effective immediately.

“I am delighted to welcome Terry to AAP,” commented Ms. Pallante. “A talented lawyer and precise thinker, he will be a key advocate in promoting and protecting the Constitutional framework on which publishing houses of all sizes and sectors equally depend.”

“I am excited to join the incredible team at AAP and looking forward to helping publishers to fulfill their vital missions,” commented Terrence Hart.

Terrence Hart joins AAP from the U.S. Copyright Office, where he served as Assistant General Counsel.  He previously served as Vice President of Legal Policy at the Copyright Alliance for six years.  A 2010 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law, he has been an adjunct professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School and is the founder and author of the well-regarded Copyhype, which the American Bar Association recognized as one of the top 100 legal blogs in the United States. 

About AAP

AAP represents the leading book, journal, and education publishers 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.