Anyone who browses books online has seen Kirkus' book reviews - often they are one of a couple short critiques of a book on Amazon.com and other online venues. But Kirkus was around well before Amazon came along, before the Internet even. Kirkus has been reviewing books since 1933 and publishes about 400 pre-pub reviews a month. The publication has been a reliable voice to which countless readers have turned for book advice over the years. I have frequently based reading decisions on their pre-release feedback, so it's startling to me to hear they will be no more.
Nielson will also be closing Editor & Publisher, which covers the newspaper industry much as Kirkus covers books, as well as selling some of its othe properties as the company extracts itself from the trade publication business.