Mixed Feelings Over the Demise of Kirkus December 12, 2009Posted by pupfiction in Uncategorized.
Tags: books, kirkus, libraries, NYTimes, publishing, reviews, twitter
Librarians, publishers, and booksellers have been crowding the Twitter feed with posts over the closing of Kirkus, a lesser-known book-reviewing periodical. The New York Times Book section ran a short article yesterday detailing what the company has meant to different publishers, emphasizing that reviews were often “reliably cantankerous”, but that the firm was important as a second source, complementing Publishers Weekly reviews, or (in the case of many librarians) Library Journal.
Here are some of the reactions that I found posted on Twitter:
Worst news in a long time: Kirkus shutting down. For me, they were the last reliable source of negative reviews.
Still stunned that KIRKUS REVIEWS and EDITOR AND PUBLISHER are being disbanded. An era in publishing is over. But hopefully future is brite
For those lamenting death of Kirkus, remember, it sold out a while back, when it accepted $$$ for reviews.
I hated Kirkus.
Oh geez the Kirkus Review is going under? That makes me sad.
I know, it’s awful! I was caught totally off-guard. Somehow it never occurred to me Kirkus could be vulnerable.
In a way I’m not surprised, but it filled a niche. Smaller niche now?
In N. Carolina, high pines, shallow sun, where I hear news my old employer Kirkus is shutting down. Paying for reviews nail in the coffin.
I’ll miss Kirkus, myself
What I found suspicious about Kirkus was that they always had opposite opinion of PW. And who do you believe? See? Exactly.
Heartbroken over losing Kirkus! Wrote for them for last year. Wasn’t the $ (ha!) so much as advance copies. I wish they’d stay on line!
What are your reactions?