March 23, 2020
AAP Provides COVID-19 Resource Page to Outline Publisher Efforts to Help Communities During Pandemic
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has posted a COVID-19 central resource page (see here) to provide information about what publishers are doing to support authors, readers, researchers, educators, booksellers, and libraries during the coronavirus pandemic.
AAP President and CEO Maria A. Pallante commented on this unprecedented, industry-wide effort, stating:
“Publishing is built upon the principal of transformation. Our normal focus is to invest in authors, champion education, and connect readers to stories and scholarship that inform, inspire and empower them.
“Now, as the pandemic continues to threaten and disrupt our lives in unprecedented ways, the point of publishing is clearer than ever and publishers are embracing their responsibilities to the public. Across all sectors we see commercial publishing houses, nonprofit societies, and university presses working to address the crisis, with many publishers creating special programs, flexible licenses, and other initiatives to propel reading, learning, and commerce.
“These initiatives include offering complimentary digital education materials, expanding powerful storytelling platforms for general public use, and making research and medical journals pertaining to the coronavirus freely available to the scientists and doctors who are on the frontlines of the pandemic.”
AAP’s COVID-19 resource page will be continuously updated as more information is provided.
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