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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

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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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Hi JKH,

Thank you for the questions and I will try answer them for you (on an iPad).

1) At launch you will be able to access it on you PC, iPhone, iPad or any Android compatible device. The system is designed so that you will have one account and from there gain access on as many compatible devices as you have. The Adroid service will be via the Exactly app while Apple devices will operate through the Gramophone branded app.

2/3) Currently the only other specific device we are looking to create an app for is the Kindle fore but with so many devices being launched all the time it is quite a challenge for us as a business (and magazine publishers in general) just to keep up. We will keep you posted when the Kindle app will be available.

 I hope that has heed but let us know if you have any more questions. We have been working on getting the improved digital edition ready for launch for almost 6 months and hope that many of you find it a enjoyable and useful tool.

Many thanks,

Luca Da Re

Group Business Development Manager,

Gramophone

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Today's the day - the Gramophone Digital Archive is now live

Let us know how you are enjoying the new service: what features or reviews have you discovered? What new recordings are you going to buy? What's the weirdest advert? (there are some very strange ones in the 1930s...) Let us know, we'd be glad to hear from you.

And if you have any problems or questions, we're here to help.

Enjoy!

James

James McCarthy, Features Editor, Gramophone

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Luca, many thanks for replying so quickly to my query, it's much appreciated. It answers everything perfectly.

Is there a timescale for the app for the Kindle Fire, even a vague one?

JKH

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Hi Chris,

I thought I would try and help with this one.

When you ordered did your confirmation email contain an account number? If so you should be able to get access to the digital edition on your computer by going to the URL below. If you entern your account number, surname and complete the registration with Exact Editions you should then be able to get access on your computer.

https://www.exacteditions.com/exact/checkAgency.do?titleId=365

If continue to have problems let us know.

Thanks,

Luca

Group Business Development Manager,

Gramophone

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Thanks Luca for the quick reply but the problem is the same.

(First  it asks for the acccount number of my print edition - which of course I don't have but I put the digital account number in).

Then I have to login or register. If I login it does not recognise my password. If I try to register (with either the same or a new password) it says that account already exists and I should log in.  Going round in circles!

Chris

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