Media Source, the company behind review publications like Library Journal, School Library Journal and Horn Book, is launching a subscription-based site, BookVerdict.com, that aggregates over 300,000 reviews from its publications.
The site is aimed at book-buying librarians, though anyone can subscribe. It includes over 20 years of reviews, including starred reviews, “best” lists and Junior Library Guild selections. “This website extends the value of our reviews beyond print, offering librarians one highly functional yet agile tool to support collection development efforts, while bringing online access to professional reviews of books and media to avid readers everywhere,” Ian Singer, group publisher for Library Journal, School Library Journal and The Horn Book, says in a statement.
Book Verdict is free to browse, but you have to pay to get access to the full text of the reviews and other features. Subscriptions start at $60 per year for a basic subscription to Book Verdict Pro Library Journal or School Library Journal (including all reviews plus tools like lists and saved searches) and go up to $99 per year for Book Verdict Pro Plus, which includes all reviews from Library Journal, School Library Journal, Horn Book and Junior Library Guild.
Existing subscribers to any of the publications get free online access to all of its reviews or can upgrade to Pro for a fee that ranges from $12 to $33 for the remainder of their subscription.
Book Verdict launches at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. this week.
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