Martin Levin, the editor of Canada’s only (?) stand-alone tabloid books section at the Globe and Mail, weighs in on what he calls the “topic du jour among us bookish types”: the disappearing books section and the rise of the blog.
In a world where information is fragmented into a million little pieces, where anyone can set up a blog, where will new voices be widely heard? On blogs, sure, but for every thoughtful books blog – and there are quite a few – many more are little better than rant-forums for the disaffected and unappreciated.
And to a large extent, blogs are still parasitic upon newspapers, relying on the latter as fonts of information and opinion from which they may interpret, criticize, diverge. And book review sections are still where casual readers, and that’s most readers, go to find out what books they might possibly want to read.
Grragh! I just KNEW he’d take the books section side! I KNEW it! So predictable! I could just spit!