In the last four years, major newspapers have all dropped or greatly reduced their book review coverage. There are no longer standalone book review inserts in the Washington Post, LA Times and Chicago Tribune, to just name the largest. Newspapers in general have also been reducing their book coverage by laying off the book editors and freelancers they previously used for original book coverage.
Yet, books are still being published and in greater numbers than ever before. New formats, methods of publishing and promotion are changing the face of the book publishing community, but the actual books being produced aren’t being covered in the same fashion as before.
During this time, 1776 Productions launched the Sacramento Book Review to a warm local welcome, making Sacramento one of the few cities in the country with a dedicated book review. A year later, San Francisco Book Review was launched, being distributed in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.
In 2011, SBR/SFBR reviewer M. Chris Johnson licensed the concept for publication in the Portland area, launching the Portland Book Review in March 2011. In June, a distribution copy of Library Book Review was licensed and distributed at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans.
In November 2011, the Tulsa City-County Library licensed Tulsa Book Review, distributing copies around libraries, coffee shops, and book stores in surrounding cities.
In September 2014, reviewer Kim Heimbuch licensed the publication for a third licensee, San Diego Book Review.
What do all of these new publications have in common? They are fulfilling a need in their city for a well-produced and comprehensive book review, filling the void left by the daily papers.
If you are a literary organization, regional book chain, library system, or entrepreneurial individual, you too can license your [City] Book Review. We’ll help you every step of the way, from contacting the publishers, designing your paper, creating your media kit, and even providing you with the reviews to fill your pages, if desired.
If you are a newspaper or magazine publisher interested in expanding your book coverage, but don’t have a book editor or a very small budget, we can help with that as well. We can provide single reviews, weekly or monthly genre review columns in more than 40 genres, or even deliver an 8-, 16-, 24- or 32-page book review insert for you to print and distribute yourself, less expensively than doing it yourself.
For more information, email us, and let us know what you’re interested in.