Association of American Publishers (AAP)


Organizational Description:

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP’s approximately 300 members include most of the major commercial book publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses, and scholarly societies. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, post-secondary and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software and electronic products and services. The Association represents an industry whose very existence depends upon the free exercise of rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Primary Issues of Focus:

  • Attempts to remove, or restrict access to, books in public and school libraries
  • Government initiatives to curb violence and “indecency” in the media,
  • Efforts to impose third-party liability on publishers, film-makers and others for criminal acts allegedly “inspired” by their works
  • Libel litigation at home and in plaintiff-friendly foreign courts aimed at silencing authors and publishers
  • The erosion of fundamental protections for journalists and authors

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