In a moves that goes contrary to the prevailing trend of cutting books coverage, the Wall Street Journal will be launching its own pull-out stand-alone books section in the next few weeks, according to the Observer. The section will be inserted into a new, soon-to-be-launched part of the Weekend Journal.
Here’s more from the Observer:
The section will be led by Robert Messenger who has been an editor at The Weekly Standard, a former editor of The Atlantic and — surprise! — one of the founding editors of The New York Sun. Mr. Messenger will be in charge of the weekly book review section and will also oversee the Journal‘s daily book reviews for the web and for the paper. Erich Eichman, who has been the books editor at the Journal since 1994, will now report to Mr. Messenger.
Perhaps the WSJ sees an opportunity in all the cutting of books coverage–founding a new section now makes the paper one of the last to feature stand-alone books coverage.