As an author, I am happy to learn that media outlets are starting to devote a little more attention to books. Sam Eichner tries to make sense of this rise in book coverage in an interesting piece at Columbia Journalism Review. Here is a taste:
IF IT OCCASIONALLY FEELS like nobody reads books, anymore—that we are indeed witnessing the slow death of the literary novel, and the rapid decline of leisure reading, and the steady increase of American non-readers—why is it that mainstream publications are writing more about them?
Since the beginning of 2017, The New York Times has continued to expand its already robust book coverage. More recently, New York announced that it would triple its book coverage. In October, The Atlantic launched a Books section and a newsletter, “The Books Briefing,” with plans for “additional products.” Even BuzzFeed is getting in on the action: in November, they launched an online book club, complete with an attendant Facebook group and newsletter.
For the Times and The Atlantic, the changes arrived at a moment of substantial growth for each publication as a whole.
Read the rest here.