Another book review section vanishes

This time it's the Washington Post, folding its stand-alone review section, Book World, and shuffling coverage into the paper's commentary and arts sections. Here's the story in the NY Times:

In another sign that literary criticism is losing its profile in newspapers, The Washington Post has decided to shutter the print version of Book World, its Sunday stand-alone book review section, and shift reviews to space inside two other sections of the paper.


The Post said in a statement Wednesday that in the printed newspaper, Sunday book content will be split between Outlook, the commentary section, and Style & Arts. Book World will occasionally appear as a stand-alone print section oriented around special themes like summer reading or children's books.

Book World was one of the last remaining stand-alone book review sections in the country, along with The New York Times Book Review.

Less room means fewer reviews, the editors say. If you want to hear journalists trying not to sound downcast about all this, then the rest of the story is here. WashPost story here.

Book World, which will continue online as a stand-alone section, takes its final print bow on Feb. 15. Happy (day after) Valentine's Day.

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