Post Folds Book Review Section to Cut Costs

Literature reviews will be shuffled into other sections of paper
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2009 6:01 PM CST
Post Folds Book Review Section to Cut Costs
The Washington Post will keep Book World intact online, and shuffle its reviews in other sections of the Sunday paper.   (Washington Post)

(Newser) – The Washington Post will print Book World—its stand-alone Sunday section—for the last time Feb. 15 and shuffle its reviews into other newspaper sections to cut costs, the New York Times reports. Book World will remain intact online, run by a previously downsized staff. The closure comes amid a wave of cost-cutting measures throughout the newspaper industry.

"Of course it's disappointing," the section's deputy editor tells Howard Kurtz of the Post. "It's nice to have a separate section with big display and a big shout-out to what the most important book is. But it's not worth gnashing our teeth about too much." Declining ad revenue—the section is much smaller than the Times' review supplement—has fueled rumors of its demise for years, Kurtz notes. (Read more book reviews stories.)

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