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A new chapter in book reviews

Posted by Doug Most  December 10, 2009 01:00 PM

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After today's announcement that Nielsen Media plans to shutter Kirkus Review (along with Editor & Publisher magazine), book publicists might be doing a little victory dance. As a books editor, I can’t say I relied all that much on Kirkus, (I have always turned to its glossier rival, Publisher’s Weekly). But the demise of Kirkus does make the job of books editor harder and it grants publicists a scary amount of power. Now that Publisher's Weekly has a virtual monopoly on pre-publication capsule reviews, books editors and critics will have to rely more than ever on publicists to spread the news about new titles. - Nicole Lamy, Globe books editor

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