Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Book Reviewing Revived

Poets & Writers recently published an article, Back From the Dead: The State of Book Reviewing by Jane Ciabattari, that says book reviews remain a mainstay reference for many of today's readers. Ciabattari reports the following:
  • We remain a nation of passionate readers (even with the ability to stream movies on demand).
  • Book-related discussions take up millions of characters on the Internet.
  • The majority of the nation's readers are still able to recognize good writing and "yearn for fresh voices from authors and critics."
  • The report is a "counter-argument to the naysayers" for the group of people who are dedicated to reading books and writing reviews to share with others. 

The report goes on to list a host of publications, both online and print, that provide book reviews on a variety of platforms.

This is great news for people like me who have been doing book reviews for many, many years. It is a great art form that has taken its lumps over the years. Nonetheless, it is truly an addiction for this writer. Combining a love of reading with the undying love for writing and it all comes out as all over this blog and through my book reviews at www.suite101.com and www.constant-content.com.