Dear readers,

In these utterly surreal days, we are thinking of you. We are thinking about our librarians, the people who dedicate their lives to connection with community. We are thinking about our publishers, swooning over books and debating reviews in Manhattan hallways that are now empty. We are thinking of our writers, the empathetic souls who feel what others feel and see what others see on a level above most of us. And we are thinking of our avid readers, who need online book discovery tools now more than ever.

Our mandate, now and always, is simple: help our community of book lovers discover the best new reads and stay ahead of the curve. You come to Kirkus to see what great books are being released, get the inside scoop on popular titles, and get to know the most talented writers in the world. We are here for you, and we are committed to delivering our content to you as we always have, but now we are making it more accessible than ever.

Effective immediately, our digital subscriptions are free for all. That means you are able to access the current issue as well as our full online archive of issues from your home at no charge. Go to the magazine link in the main navigation of to access your free digital issues. If you have a print subscription currently being delivered to your office or library, the digital subscription is the best way to access the magazine until you're able to return to your workplace.

In light of how fast things are changing, we encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter as well. It’s the simplest way for Kirkus’ editors to keep you in the know as things develop. Not only will you get news about what’s happening with your favorite books and writers—including content authors are offering readers online for free, book adaptations you can stream from home, and resources for writers—but you will also receive reminders of the best books coming out each week. It’s all free, and you can sign up in seconds here.

At the ripe old age of 87, Kirkus may be the oldest startup in America, as our team often jokes. We have an entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in challenge, and we do not give up. We are connected, and we are here for you—shut in, but not shut down.

Thank you for your consistent support and commitment. We understand our responsibility to you, and especially in these uncertain times, we operate in profound gratitude for your readership and the passion that unites us. I hope you’ll join us in the continued celebration of books that lift spirits, teach, and explore the dark and the light of the human experience.

Please stay safe, healthy, and connected.



Meg LaBorde Kuehn

CEO, Kirkus Media