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Kirkus Closing?

So it might seem.  From The New York Times:

Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Review, two venerable chronicles of the newspaper and book publishing industries, are closing as their owner, Nielsen Business Media, gets out of the trade publication business.

Nielsen said Thursday that it is selling The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, Mediaweek and other publications to a joint venture of Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners. But Kirkus and Editor & Publisher simply will go out of business. Nielsen intends to hang on to some print properties, including Contract magazine and Progressive Grocer.

The moves were first reported here.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Jennifer Schultz says:

    If this comes to pass, I will not be happy. I know some complain about Kirkus, but I appreciate their reviews. No chance of it going online, like the Christian Science Monitor?

  2. Good news about Progressive Grocer, though.

  3. karen gray ruelle says:

    Feels kind of like the sky is falling down, doesn’t it.

  4. How horrible. Now people will have to form their own opinions of a book rather than being told what to think.

  5. Um…I don’t think a lot of the general public is reading Kirkus to find out what to think about a book. Kirkus is useful, however, for librarians who need to decide how to spend their precious book budget. I will miss it.