Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kirkus - Alive and Well

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome - Jimi Hendrix
Herb Simon, Chairman emeritus of Simon Property Group, owner of the Indiana Pacers and a co-owner of Tecolote Books in Montecito, CA, has purchased Kirkus Reviews. Chief executive of Calendar Holdings and the other partner in that bookstore (as well as former Barnes & Noble employee) Marc Winkelman will be ceo of the new Kirkus Media and hold a small stake in the operation, with Elaine Szewczyk and Eric Liebetrau remaining in their leadership roles. He indicated to the NYT that "the company would continue to publish Kirkus as a print magazine while beefing up its digital offerings. He said he planned no immediate changes to the print edition, but hoped to make improvements over time.

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