Twenty minutes ago Kirkus Reviews posted a hopeful note on Twitter: “Kirkus currently has a few interested buyers. Stay tuned…”
But, right after the Tweet appeared and was widely retweeted, it disappeared. Former GalleyCat editor and freelance book columnist Sarah Weinman just sent this tweet, presumably from an interview with the managing editor of Kirkus: “Per the managing editor of @KirkusReviews: ‘no new info at the moment. Just still working through possibilities, but nothing to report.’”
This follows the news from December 10 that Neilsen Business Media, which owns the venerable book review, planned to fold both Kirkus and Editor & Publisher. This news was met with mixed emotions from the publishing community, which was divided over the magazine’s reputation for harsh criticism and its long standing in the industry.
Kirkus is one of the oldest book reviews in the US, and one of the few remaining pre-publication reviews. The last significant piece of news the magazine announced on Twitter was that it would publish its 1/1/10 issue.