The Amazing Disappearing Book Review Section

from the who-reads-newspapers-any-more? dept

Salon takes a look at the fact that many newspapers around the country are cutting back (or cutting out) their book review sections. They blame the increasing control of newspapers by corporations focused on the dreaded “bottom line”. At first, I thought this was kind of sad, and I can see why it upsets people. Then I realized I don’t think I’ve ever read a book review section of a newspaper. Instead I use the “mob rule” method of Amazon’s reader reviews – which tend to give me a more accurate picture of whether or not I’d like a book. Other than that, the best source of good books is from friends and family, whose tastes I trust. It’s funny that the article doesn’t seem to blame the internet at all. I would think that would be a prime target.

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