Reviews: What About Formats and Fees?

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April 2012
by Linda Carlson

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The number of publications that publish book reviews has declined from even five years ago, and reviews that do get published are generally shorter now, as well as more likely to be syndicated in hundreds of papers. The result? It’s harder and harder to get a title reviewed. “What to Do About Reviews (and Other Media Coverage)” in last month’s Independent featured reports from IBPA members about how they are pursuing other kinds of coverage, including feature stories, blog posts, and reviews at online retailers’ sites.

The reports that follow show that some independent publishers are also finding ways to reduce review copy costs and increase the size and diversity of their audiences for reviews by using PDFs and NetGalley, and some are using fee-based review programs.

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