Friday, December 11, 2009

Kirkus Staff Leaving By Year's end


Reprinted with permission of Publishers Weekly


By Jim Milliot 

Although it is unclear when the last issue of Kirkus Reviews will be published, the staff for the prepub book review will be gone by the end of the year, a spokesperson for parent company Nielsen Business Media said. On Thursday morning, Nielsen announced that Kirkus, along with Editor & Publisher, will cease operations while the company sells its core business-to-business magazines to the newly formed investment group e5 Global Media Holdings. There are no plans to run online Kirkus reviews or a strategy to try to keep the Kirkus brand alive. It is also uncertain what Nielsen will do with the Kirkusreview archive. A total of 18 people worked at Kirkus and E&P.
Nielsen is also home to The Bookseller. The spokesperson said there are no plans to close that publication or to change the publication schedule of the magazine that covers the U.K. book market. Nielsen (then known as VNU) bought The Bookseller and started the since-closed The Book Standard in a bid to increase its coverage of the book market.