by Henrietta Thornton
At LJ we’re all about the content, not the container. Our reviews editors provide material using various vehicles—print, email, a blog, regular web articles, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest…the list goes on, as it should, because people have different learning styles and different times/situations that are best for reading. (Subway, anyone?) Since it’s a lengthy and growing list, I thought I’d list the venues here to give you the latest on what might suit your needs.
The core of our reviews endeavor is the print magazine that’s published 20 times a year. Our print reviews appear in what we call “the back of the book,” as well as in various forms on our website and reproduced in full in our BookVerdict database. Sprinkled among our reviews is related coverage such as Q&As with authors, librarians, publishers, and others in our industry. We also regularly run long features such as the recent Erotica: Full-Frontal Shelving, for my money the best piece on erotica readers’ advisory you’ll find anywhere, and timely roundups like this spring look at baseball titles.
As well as the regular reviews, on our website you’ll also find our book and media related columns. These come in several flavors: collection development pieces explain how to build core collections in various subject areas; readers’ advisory coverage recommends ways to “sell” those materials to your patrons; and our PrePub Alert discusses what publishers have in the pipeline, up to six months in advance, as well as provides related interviews and more.
Then there are our newsletters. (Yes, we’re busy.) As well as the one you’re currently reading, the reviews staff produces a newsletter version of PrePub Alert, which delivers the material discussed above to your inbox every week; LJ Review Alert, which lists the reviews that will appear in upcoming issues; and LJXpress, which among other things offers online-only reviews of e-original romances and of graphic novels and other materials.
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