View Full Version : The End of an Era, for Better or Worse

Generation ABXY
12-12-2009, 05:56 PM
The Kirkus Review is closing (http://www.observer.com/2009/media/end-kirkus-provokes-some-sadness-some-glee-some-crickets):

Mixed emotions flew around the publishing industry today as word spread that the hard-to-please pre-publication blurb machine known as Kirkus Reviews would be shutting down after 76 years. The biweekly trade pub, which reviewed something like 5,000 books every year and competed directly with Publishers Weekly, was read mainly by booksellers and book review editors who used it as a guide to titles due in stores three to four months out. Kirkus reviewers were a famously grouchy lot who did not give compliments easily, but when they smiled upon something it did not go unnoticed.

Yeah, I'm a few days late, but I just found out about it. Looking around, it seems there are a lot of mixed emotions about the Kirkus Review, though it was rather surprising to hear that people think this might be a death knell of the publishing industry...

12-12-2009, 10:49 PM

That's all I have to say about that. RIP Kirkus. :(