Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Last of the Sunday Stand-Alone Book Review Sections

The Washington Post has decided to stop the print version of Book World, its Sunday stand-alone book review section, and shift reviews to space inside other sections of the paper. Book World was one of the last remaining stand-alone book review sections in the country, along with The New York Times Book Review.

"The advertising in Book World didn't justify the amount of space that we dedicated each week to books coverage," said Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of The Washington Post.

The New York Times Book Review is now the largest remaining Sunday tabloid section, publishing at least 24 and as many as 30 or more pages a week. In addition to being included in the Sunday paper, The Book Review is sold as a separate section to 23,500 subscribers.

The San Francisco Chronicle publishes an 8 page book review that is inserted into its Sunday Insight section. The Los Angeles Times lost its stand-alone Sunday section in 2007.

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