PW Daily reported today that the Los Angeles Times is "folding its standalone Sunday book review section, laying off two dedicated book editors."
Not to be outdone, the Hartford Courant decided to hand a pink slip to its book editor, Carole Goldberg, as well.
Though we've all become a bit jaded by stories about disappearing book editors, it is especially disturbing to see the LA Times make such a move. It's hard to imagine the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books coming out of this unscathed.
How to link when a long URL won't work (think Twitter)
Yen Cheong, Assistant Director of Publicity at Viking and Penguin Books, has a great write-up today on the Book Publicity Blog about a website, Tiny URL, that condenses your long URLs to exactly six characters.
Those of you who Twitter know the value of such a service. It should also help with email pitches that are bogged down by out of control links.