Bob Carlton

Bob Carlton
Vice President, Publisher, Kirkus Reviews

Website | @bobcarlton

Bob Carlton loves readers, writers & the digital world that is emerging around us.

He is the VP & Publisher for Kirkus, an 80 year-old business that helps readers discover books & authors get their books discovered. In his more than 25 years in publishing, Bob has been an author, an avid reader – as well as playing executive roles at the forefront of digital publishing. He was part of the launch team for CourseSmart, the leading e-book company in higher education, which was founded and supported by the five leading publishers. Carlton was also senior vice president for business development at Thomson Learning (now Cengage), where he negotiated strategic relationships with several leading e-Learning companies to distribute the company’s offerings worldwide.

Carlton has also held senior positions with information providers and publishers such as Electronic Data Systems, WetFeet, News Corp, and Harcourt. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and statistics from Texas A&M University.


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Bethanne Patrick (Book Riot), Ron Charles (Washington Post), Sarah Weinman (Publishers Marketplace), Bob Carlton (Kirkus Reviews)
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Does a divide exist between the digerati and the literati, and is it growing? Has the Internet helped or hindered literary criticism? And, what does the future hold for book reviewing? Join the Book Maven herself, Bethanne Patrick as she hosts a panel of the book world's best critics for a fun and thought-provoking look at literary reviewing in the digital age. Read more.
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