Objects in Mirror

Are more literary critics necessary?

Posted at 10:00 AM on June 12, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Today at 10 a.m. CT starting in a few minutes, Midmorning talks about the decline in book coverage:

The book sections of many American newspapers have been shrinking, and in some cases disappearing, over the past few years. While critics say this is a disservice to readers, some believe the growth of book-centered blogs and Web sites is filling the gap.

Is that true? Even MPR has an online book discussion group at mnreaders.gather.com. Are peer-based online book reviews less valuable than expert, print published ones?

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