Gramophone has announced that the 2012 edition of their Classical Music guide will be the last print edition. They say that they have improved their website to the point where all archive issues are available online, and are offering that for a subscription fee.
I began my classical music collection in the early 1980's and for a long time I used the Gramophone reviews and guides as one of my main resources (remember the old "Good CD Guide"?). These days of course there are many more places to go for recommendations and opinions, including Amazon, but I've still valued Gramophone and enjoy reading their reviews.
I hope that their website improvements have solved the problems I have found there in the past. When I've tried to search the Gramophone archives online, I've usually found that the scanning accuracy of their old magazines was so poor that the articles were frequently almost unreadable. If the new website has fixed those problems then it will be a great improvement, but it still won't be the same as browsing through the print edition (and whether or not you prefer Gramophone, or Penguin, or whatever, I think that the printed guides are always enjoyable to pick up and read).
I've seen that most of the participants in this Amazon forum are very knowledgeable classical music fans, so the loss of the Gramophone guide to those here is probably not a big deal. But to someone who is a beginner, as I was when I first picked up a Good CD Guide, this will be a real loss.
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