Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Internet Review of Books

This is an unhappy day, because my good friend Gary Presley and I have decided to stop publishing the Internet Review of Books effective October 1. Our staff once numbered six, but with the recent resignation of our fiction editor, we are now just two people: Gary for the blogging and me for the editing. We could continue--we're not overwhelmed--but as with others who left before us, we believe it's time to move on.

Our enterprise began in the mind of Carter Jefferson, who noted the shrinking outlets for book reviews in the press. With his leadership we launched our website in October 2007; four years and roughly 1,000 reviews later, I believe we have accomplished a lot. Granted, we never made any money, but we have earned a solid reputation as an outlet for honest, professional reviewers. We made a point to be open to self-published and small-press publications that looked worthy.

So don't stop reading the Internet Review of Books. We'll continue publishing high-quality reviews through the summer.

7 comments:

Christopher Hudson said...

Are you still accepting books for review?

Lisa said...

I'm sorry - I don't understand? You stop publishing the review? But then, you say the Review will go on?

I'm of extremely modest intellect, so I'm afraid that need a little explanation, for me.

Bob Sanchez said...

Hi Lisa, what I wrote is that we are stopping October 1, not now.

Lisa said...

Ah, oh, yes...

Close reading is more of an art than a science, with me...

Well, good luck in your new endeavours, Bob.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sorry to hear that, Bob. It's tough to do it without a staff. Bob Spear shut down Heartland Reviews a few years ago because he just couldn't keep up anymore.

Bill Williams said...

I'm so sorry to hear that news. We need more outlets for intelligent book reviewing, not fewer. Best of luck in your new ventures.

cindy said...

Bob, like the other posters, I'm sad to see a quality review close, especially one that also reviews e-published books. Of course I understand. You write novels, you travel, you keep a blog. That's enough hats for anyone to wear!