DPReview.com to Shut Down After 25 Years Due to Amazon Layoffs [Updated]
Amazon has plans to lay off at least 27,000 workers this year, including 9,000 that were announced in an internal email Monday morning. One unexpected casualty: Digital Photography Review, also known as DPReview, is losing its entire editorial staff, and the site will stop publishing on April 10.
The announcement post, written by DPReview General Manager Scott Everett, says that new pieces will continue to be posted through April 10, and “the site will be locked” afterward. It’s unclear what will happen to the site’s content afterward—the post promises only that the site’s articles “will be available in read-only mode for a limited period afterwards.” Any photos and text that readers have uploaded to their accounts can be requested and downloaded until April 6, “after which we will not be able to complete the request.”
Former site editor Gannon Burgett said on Twitter that the decision to lay off the staff was announced in January and that “Amazon hasn’t yet come up with an archival plan” for the site. Cameras, even digital ones, tend to have a pretty long shelf life, and there’s an active used market for lenses and camera bodies—if DPReview.com goes offline entirely, that would be a huge blow to anyone trying to research older products.
Founded in November 1998, DPReview is one of the few active review sites as old as Ars Technica. Amazon purchased it in 2007, and the site’s team has been located in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle since 2010.
Update, 3/22/2023: Regardless of what Amazon plans to do with the site archive, group called the Archive Team is “working to scrape over 4 million articles and posts” from DPReview and its forums between now and when the site closes. It will be available to view on the Internet Archive site and will be downloadable in Web ARChive (WARC) format for offline viewing.
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