Going on the Account: Book Reader’s Oakum

The Washington Post  is folding their stand-alone book review section into other parts of the paper.  Seems we’re all going to have to go to word of mouth from now on, especially as Publishers Row is now realizing that ‘doing it for yourself’ is not anything to look down on…


Frankly, with books migrating to an online environment and become downloads, the loss of such outlets is inevitable.  As the canon becomes more democratic, so too will the means of discussing books.  I’m not sure the Web Fiction Guide  or (the sadly late) Pages Unbound  are going to displace the New York Times Sunday Book Review  section anytime soon, although the recommendations given by Amazon could hasten its demise by the end of next decade.


What might have happened had John Updike been starting his career now, as opposed to ending it, one can only guess…

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