Friday, April 08, 2005

Those All-Powerful Blogs

Nobody really knows the power and reach of literary blogs. Are they read mostly by other bloggers? Or are there thousands of book-loving fans out there who troll book blogs regularly just because of their admiration of the written word?

Well, we’re about to find out. A group of the best-known literary bloggers has formed a co-op where they plan to highlight 4 books a year and see the impact of their laser beam. It's called the lit-blog co-op. (no capitals)

“What this venture ultimately amounts to is a group of book lovers who, because they’ve managed to establish a platform for discussing the books they love, have joined together to call attention to a few (four times a year) that might otherwise be buried in the deluge of the newly-published. …. It’s a worthy attempt to counteract the rush to commercial mediocrity so much of American publishing has become.”

In other words, the group won’t be reviewing “The Plot Against America,” or “Saturday.” I applaud a place that tries to bring attention to the works of lesser known writers. There are so many books I've read and loved that never even break 100,000 in the Amazon rankings.

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