Amazon has backtracked on its decision to completely turn off DPReview, and will instead make an archive of the publication available, while also lagging the imminent closure.
DPReview‘s general manager, Scott Everett, published a closure update on April 7, three days before the publication was due to go inactive, stating the following:
‘We’ve received a lot of questions about what’s next for the site. We hear your concerns about losing the content that has been carefully curated over the years, and want to assure you that the content will remain available as an archive.
We’ve also heard that you need more time to access the site, so we’re going to keep publishing some more stories while we work on archiving.
Thank you to this community and the support you’ve shown us over the years.’
This is a softening of the initial closure announcement from March 21, when DPReview detailed that from April 10 it would become inactive, and ‘the site will be available in read-only mode for a limited period afterwards’. In other words, DPReview would eventually be switched off and the resources disappeared from the internet.
It’s unknown how long Amazon will keep the lights on at DPReview HQ after the latest update. New content is still being published, with particular focus on ‘looking back’. Although it’s a matter of ‘when’, not ‘if’.
The sudden decision to close DPReview came as a shock, as the publication is likely the most popular photography resource available and showed no signs of slowing down. While the overwhelming majority of readers were devastated the publication would cease to exist, many also felt Amazon’s decision to erase DPReview from the web was callous and shortsighted.
The publication has published more than 10,000 articles, including over 1000 gear reviews, and is a worthwhile resource for anyone searching for gear information. Inside Imaging‘s editorial department frequently refers to DPReview‘s archive for historic information about camera and lenses. Additionally, the forums can also be an equally insightful resource of information, with many experts discussing topics.
Even after it goes inactive, camera buyers are likely to stumble upon DPReview historic reports thanks to strong SEO performance, which may offer some worth to Amazon as it points readers to the retailer’s affiliated links.
Prior to this latest announcement, the archive.org team began a valiant effort to save the DPReview archive by attempting to download all the pages.