The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the principal trade association of the United States book publishing industry. The AAP’s mission is to expand the market for American books and other published works in all media. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and services. The AAP helps in protecting intellectual property rights, especially copyright. It promotes intellectual freedom and opposes all forms of censorship. The AAP aids its members with emerging technologies. It offers assistance programmes to members in the management and administration of their companies. It promotes the status of publishing in the United States and throughout the world. The AAP provides funding for education and libraries; educates members on tax and trade policy, and international copyright enforcement.
The AAP maintains offices in New York and Washington.