Published: Sep 09, 2010 5:07 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 09, 2010 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - The Wall Street Journal is set to launch a book review in the next few weeks, even as newspapers across the country cut back on book coverage.

The new weekly section will be the Journal's first one dedicated solely to reviews. It will complement an expanded Saturday edition set to appear this month.

Under Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. bought the Journal in 2007, the newspaper has been expanding beyond financial news to compete head on with general-interest newspapers, especially The New York Times.

Many other newspapers have been dropping or scaling back literary criticism. The Washington Post shut the print edition of its book review last year. And the Los Angeles Times folded its book section into the newspaper's opinion pages in 2007.