A shocker in the literary world as Kirkus reviews shuts down after 76 years! From agent Janet Reid, "It came because Lachlan Murdoch pulls out at the last minute. http://bit.ly/5tnBz1 And former Chicago Sun-Times books edotor, Henry Kisor's, smart take on Kirkus and Editor and Publisher closing http://is.gd/5ifmW What does this mean to writers, authors and readers? love to hear everyone's take on this sad tragedy of a literary review giant? Kirkus review 1933-2009

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Wow! That really is shocking! If nothing else, I really rely on the Kirkus reviews when I'm looking at books on the Barnes & Noble site. They always seem to give me a thoughtful, thorough review.
Yes I am shocked as well but not surprised. Print media is having a very difficult time keeping up. I just emailed my agent about this but I am sure she already knows. Thanks for the heads up!

Best Wishes,

The Internet is changing the face of business. Needless to say, this includes the publishing world.

I'm sorry to see Kirkus Reviews shut down.

Maxine Thompson,
Literary Agent
Author, Hostage of Lies
Reviews are like newspaper articles very short and easier to read online. They will transition to the online environment eventually. Already, Library Journal has an excellent review section, Earlyword has an excellent review section, New York Times books has an excellent reviews section, New York Review of Books is easier to read online, I can look at Powells Books Review A Day-- with an authoritative review from online magazines, the Indie Next list, and many other internet review sites and get my reviews and recommendations easier and faster than in the paper medium. Even here I can find more reviews than in most magazines. Kirkus Reviews did not do a good job of transitioning to the online review environment
I just saw this. Thanks for the information. NPR (National Public Radio, Books) also has a nice book review section.

Maxine Thompson,
Author of Hostage of Lies
Book Calendar, I think you hit the nail on the head. It makes perfect sense. Things that cannot adopt to technology or the Internet will continue to fall behind or be left out.

And for the record I can't remember the last time I read a review from a magazine or newspaper. I read my reviews online. I love review blogs religiously.

Best Wishes!



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