“The former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose ouster last fall angered many in the arts world, has been chosen to lead the book publishers’ trade group.Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who is stepping down after nearly eight years. In announcing her appointment Thursday, AAP board chairman YS Chi called her “a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of members of Congress as well as intellectual property experts around the world.” Pallante said in a statement she was “deeply inspired by the values of the American publishing industry.” (via AP)
“On June 19, the Book Industry Study Group Board voted not to renew its joint agreement with the Association of American Publishers to continue as co-producers of the annual BookStats survey capturing the estimated size and scope of the publishing industry. This decision does not affect the imminent release of the 2013 BookStats survey. AAP has enjoyed its three-year collaboration with BISG on the BookStats project. As the agreement’s expiration approached, our organizations have had a series of conversations to discuss options and their decision does not come as a surprise.” (via AAP)
“Judith Platt, Director of Free Expression Advocacy for the Association of American Publishers, will receive the Freedom to Read Foundation’s “2013 Roll of Honor Award” for her lifelong dedication to protecting First Amendment principles. >The award will be presented June 28 during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Former Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) is the other recipient.” (via The Association of American Publishers.