There’s some debate this week in the bookosphere (I thought about trademarking that made-up-word and charging people money every time they said it, but a website beat me to it, proving once again that life isn’t fair) about the impact of the demise of the newspaper book section. The Millions, as is their wont, recently posted a thoughtful assessment of the possible elimination of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s book section and the reduction the size of the Chicago Tribune’s book section as they move it to, shudder, Saturday’s edition.
Some people feel that the decline of the books section is a sign that books are losing their cultural foothold, others point out that the review section is outmoded in the day of internet reviews and book websites, which allow debate and linking and all those other things you can get without walking down the street and paying $1.25 in quarters for the Sunday paper.
So you tell me: have you ever bought a book because of a newspaper review? Do they translate to sales? Do you see the decline of the Sunday Book Review as a harbinger of doom or a harbinger of “Enh, I wonder those thoughtful and insightful The Millions people are up to today? I bet they totally knocked out an awesome review today, those silly goons.”