Publisher's Weekly reports
that Kirkus Revies staff will all be gone by the end of the year. The book review service is being closed by its owner Nielson. Nielson is also closing Editor and Publisher.
Although it is unclear when the last issue of Kirkus Reviews will be published, the staff for the prepub book review will be gone by the end of the year, a spokesperson for parent company Nielsen Business Media said. On Thursday morning, Nielsen announced that Kirkus, along with Editor & Publisher, will cease operations while the company sells its core business-to-business magazines to the newly formed investment group e5 Global Media Holdings. There are no plans to run online Kirkus reviews or a strategy to try to keep the Kirkus brand alive. It is also uncertain what Nielsen will do with the Kirkus review archive. A total of 18 people worked at Kirkus and E&P.
Nielson is also closing Editor and Publisher
, which will also throw all those employees out of work. The company is selling eight other publications, including The Hollywood Reporter
. But so far it is retaining The Bookseller