The man credited with “changing the nature of television criticism” by Slate, Alan Sepinwall, recently published a new book, The Revolution Was Televised. After Michiko Kakutani’s glowing review in yesterday’s New York Times, it rose to #133 on Amazon Sales Rankings. It has also been covered by Time magazineThe New Yorker, the Hollywood Reporter and USA Today.

But, no libraries own it.


Sepinwall chose to self-published the book. It appears to be available only through Amazon and hasn’t been reviewed by library publications.

The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever
Alan Sepinwall
Retail Price: $16.99
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: What’s Alan Watching? – (2012-11-21)
ISBN / EAN: 0615718299 / 9780615718293

2 Responses to “Crit Pick: THE REVOLUTION WAS TELEVISED”

  1. laurie Says:

    I beg to differ.
    WorldCat shows 8 holding libraries.
    NPL placed it on order just this week.
    Why, you ask? Because we have savvy librarians on the front lines.

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    We didn’t mean to imply that there are ANY non-savvy librarians out there, but rather that keeping up with self-pubbed titles is a big challenge. When we checked, WorldCat showed no libraries owned it; that’s changing (you mention 8, but curiously, WorldCat now lists only 5 in the U.S. plus one in New Zealand).