New Gramophone Digital Edition & Archive

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New Gramophone Digital Edition & Archive

Interesting news about this on the news page. I would certainly find it useful to be able to access back issues on my iPad, though I hope there's some search/reviews index functionality. It looks like it's going to be £40pa for full digital access including new issues, or £65pa if you want the printed version too. That latter sounds rather a lot, so I may well switch to digital only. I do read other magazines that way. Still, after very nearly 40 years of reading every issue on paper, I will miss it for a while.

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Indeed it does sound interesting. As long as there is a reasonable search index facility the digital issue will be excellent.  But up until now that facility is lacking. It seems we are being pushed towards digital editions anyway.  The Archive will not, it seems, be available any more except on subscription.  And if you want the archive the differential between digital (£40) and paper (£62 + £25) is getting wider.

Provided they get the digital edition right, I think it represents a very good deal!

Chris

 

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Sorry, Chris, you're right about the numbers, it's whatever you're paying for print + £25. I think I'm paying about £42, so that would be £67. But I suspect printed subscription rates vary hugely.

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Yes, current UK rate is £62 but there's an offer of £49.50 at the moment. Still makes it £75.  Where I am the paper subscription is £75. So that would be £100 combined.  Keeping my fingers crossed for a good search facility, and then I know what I'll be doing.

It does seem as though that's what they are pushing us towards.  I read elsewhere that the Guardian newspaper is seriously considering going online only; and Newsweek has just done the same.

Chris

Chris A.Gnostic

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Hi guys,

Thanks for your enthusiasm for the new Gramophone digital archive.

I've had the pleasure of being able to use a pre-launch version on my iPad for a couple of weeks now, and I have to say that the search facility is just brilliant.

You can search for any key word or words within a single issue, a year of issues, a decade, or simply every issue, and the most relevant searches will be listed alongside thumbnails of the pages in question. See picture below:

Better still, is that when you select a page from your list of search results, the terms that you have searched for will be highlighted on the page itself, which means that you can immediately find what you are looking for. In the picture below I've searched for a catalogue number and then visited one of the pages from the search results. You can see the catalogue number on the page itself highlighted in purple:

It's an impressively intuitive system, which allows you to follow a train of thought for hours, journeying through more than a 1000 issues of the magazine.

We'll be publishing a video that introduces the archive on launch day (Tuesday, October 30) and this will give you an even better feel for what's on offer. 

James McCarthy, Features Editor, Gramophone

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Sounds brilliant, James. No doubt that come the 30th, you'll tell print subscribers what they have to do if they wish to transfer to digital?

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It sounds to be just what was wanted. I'll definitely bee settling for this digital version.  Thanks to all of you who have been working on it!

Chris

Chris A.Gnostic

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pgraber,

All print subscribers will be receiving an email on Tuesday giving them all of the information they need to upgrade or transfer their subscriptions to the digital magazine. 

If you have any more questions in the meantime, I'll be happy to help!

James

James McCarthy, Features Editor, Gramophone

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I've been a subscriber so long I'm not sure there is an associated email address with my subscription!

Paul

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pgraber,

Not to worry - all of the information that you will need will also be available on this website on Tuesday. 

All best,

James

James McCarthy, Features Editor, Gramophone

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I read the announcement with some interest as, coincidentally, I am currently considering buying a tablet or an iPad. My knowledge of either is scant in the extreme (I never thought I'd see the day when I felt antediluvian because I only use a laptop), so I wonder if those with more expertise could tell me:

1) Will the new Gramophone Digital Edition & Archive work only on an iPad or will it be usable on a tablet of another make?

2) If only on the iPad, are there any plans to widen its availability to other tablets?

3) Do (or will) those other tablets include the latest Kindle Fire?

Again, apologies if these rather basic questions provoke some mirth, but it could decide my purchase for me.

 

Many thanks in advance.

 

JKH

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