Book publishers hope for common ground with Trump

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NEW YORK (AP) — Authors and First Amendment advocates have been lamenting the election of Donald Trump, but the book industry’s trade group believes it can do business with his administration.

In a five-page letter to the Republican president-elect, the Association of American Publishers outlined its views Thursday on copyright, entrepreneurship and other issues.

One reason for the association’s optimism is that Trump himself has published many books and may relate to the industry’s concerns about piracy and internet theft.

The letter says that the protection of “novice as well as celebrated authors” is at the core of the industry’s mission.

Publishers also believe Trump will be sympathetic to the protection of intellectual property rights.