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Kirkus Reviews May Have Found Second Life

kirkus_reviews-712295.gifWhen Editor & Publisher was nixed by Nielsen Business Media, hope became slim for a potential recovery of the publication, though the pub’s former employees — who have rallied around a new blog — are still holding out for an investor.

That may not be as a crazy as it sounds: another former Nielsen title, publishing industry publication Kirkus Reviews, is hinting that they may have found a buyer. Folio reports:

“In an e-mail to Folio, Kirkus managing editor and nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau said he is unsure who the buyer is or how far along the process might be but said the magazine’s staff ‘is set to return.’ A Nielsen spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.”

We hope for the best for Kirkus Reviews: if there’s one thing we could use in the new decade, it’s better news for the news industry.

Read More: New Life for Kirkus Reviews, Editor & Publisher?Folio

Previously: Holding Out Hope For E&P’s Revival In The New Year

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Saying Goodbye To E&P

epOct09.jpgIn an article charting the demise of newspaper industry trade pub Editor & Publisher, The Los Angeles Times blames Web sites like mediabistro.com:

“Online journalism news aggregators such as Romenesko regularly relied on stories by E&P, linking to them for reporting on a new study or analysis of anything relating to the newspaper industry.

But Romenesko and other free sites such as Mediabistro.com also snatched readers and job listings that might have landed in E&P‘s classified section.”

Yes, classified revenues have left print behind for the Internet and everybody wants to read content like that of E&P‘s for free on the Web. But there was nothing stopping its owner Nielsen Co. from selling off the pub to a company that would have kept it alive — even if only as digital version of itself.

We’re sad to see another publication (and its Nielsen-owned sister Kirkus Reviews) close its doors in 2009. We’ll also miss all the scoops and insightful news about our industry. Too bad Nielsen didn’t take WebMediaBrands’ offer to buy E&P earlier this year. We would have welcomed them to the family!

But as the title heads towards closure at the end of the year, various good-byes are sprinkling out from staffers. After the jump, parting words from senior editor Joe Strupp and former cartoonist Steve Greenberg.

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FishbowlNY Editor On The Menu: E&P Closure and Books Reviews After Kirkus

mmm_2-3.gifThis morning, host Jason Boog of GalleyCat was joined by special co-host Amanda Ernst, editor of FishbowlNY, on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu. The two welcomed Kat Meyer, chief content wrangler for Next Chapter Communications, moderator for the #followreader Twitter chat and a blogger at Follow The Reader.

The biggest news of the day was Nielsen Co.‘s decision to shutter book review journal Kirkus Reviews and newspaper industry trade Editor & Publisher. All three lamented the closings, but Amanda pointed out that E&P might have had a chance to be saved. Kat talked about what might possibly replace the reviews that Kirkus provided. Social media might provide a solution.

Also discussed: Kat’s optimistic wrap-up of 2009 and predictions about 2010, including a future with new e-readers like the much anticipated tablet.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

As Nielsen Sells Titles, Editor & Publisher, Kirkus Reviews Fold

Along with the news this morning that The Nielsen Co. had sold off a number of brands including The Hollywood Reporter came the very sad news that the company was shuttering newspaper trade publication Editor & Publisher, as well as book review journal Kirkus Reviews.

We’re not sure what will happen to the staffs of these pubs, although Silicon Alley Insider has an internal memo. Our calls to Nielsen have not yet been returned. (See below for an update.)

Have any information? Send us an email or leave a tip in the box at right.

Update: A Nielsen spokesman confirms that the two pubs will be closing at the end of the year. Fewer than 20 people should be affected by the closures.

Nielsen Sells 8 Brands, Including Mediaweek, to e5 Global Media –Mediaweek

Nielsen Finally Sells Adweek And THR, Shutters Editor & Publisher –Silicon Alley Insider

Previously: Investor Group Buys Eight Nielsen Brands