Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Poets & Writers on the State of Book Reviewing:

The September/October 2011 issue of Poets & Writers has an article that should interest any librarian or reader interested in current trends in book reviewing. Back From the Dead: The State of Book Reviewing by Jane Ciabattari does not consider reviews generated by libraries and librarians but does a good job of reporting on the transformation and survival of the book reviewing "establishment," the reviews in industry journals, newspapers, magazines, media, and big-time online. There are numerous links so an interested reader or librarian can revisit review sources that he or she may have neglected of late. (I have neglected many of late.)

Ciabattari mentions in her article that in 2010 there were three million new book titles of which two-thirds were self-published or print-on-demand. I'll bet few from that two-thirds ever get mentioned in the sources the author cites.

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