Dear Members, Fellow Publishers,

Happy World Book and Copyright Day!

We celebrate books every day in our myriad use of content, but 23rd April is significant marker in the books calendar to reinforce our commitment as publishers, as readers and as writers.The COVID-19 crisis has stripped life down to basics and in the process the importance of content, that is vetted and validated by experts, and available and accessible to solve real life problems, has become an essential lifesaving need.

Responding to this necessity for reading materials, Publishers globally are providing readers and learners access to a plethora of free (and affordable) resources. In India international publishers, including all of our members, are using the technology and resources at our disposal to make books (articles, chapters, libraries, animations) available for knowledge or pleasure, education or (re)skilling. These resources are platform agnostic and can be accessed in the preferred format by readers. We are carrying several key Covid-19 resources on the API website, for easy transmittal and use. Not just this, scientific publishers, many of who have large global teams of scientific editors in India are processing and publishing new research in a matter of days and weeks to aid the development of vaccines and solutions.

In addition, API members are also reaching out to our community of learners, researchers, educators and readers to provide additional support in the form of resources, easy tips, webinars, community support, etc. so that they can function effectively from home to teach students or aid research/ creative writing even when educational institutors at all levels remain indefinitely shut. Importantly, we continue to do all this responsibly, while protecting the copyright of our authors, crediting them for their contributions and advocating for copyright protection (Copyright & Publishing Ethics booklet)

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