Today’s biggest news in the photography world: Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com!
I was quite surprised when I visited dpreview.com today and saw that headline news! Wow…how much did Amazon paid to Phil Askey? With millions of visitors and registered members, dpreview.com definitely worth a few million dollars! Very envy… 😀
Here’s the official press release (I posted this at PentaxWorld.com as well):
(BUSINESS WIRE) SEATTLE, WAâ€”May 14, 2007â€”Leading online retailer Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced it has acquired www.dpreview.com, the webâ€™s most comprehensive site for digital camera information and reviews. Founded in 1998 by Phil Askey, dpreview.com provides unbiased reviews and original content regarding the latest in digital cameras, and offers a host of features and forums designed to make it easy for consumers to find the camera thatâ€™s right for them. With its unique voice and in-depth technical reviews, dpreview.com draws millions of unique visitors each month.
â€œDpreview.com is by far the most authoritative source anywhere for straight talk about new digital cameras,â€ said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. â€œWe at Amazon.com have been their fans for a long time, and we extend a big welcome to the dpreview.com team.â€
â€œOne of the difficulties of operating dpreview.com independently has been the balance between producing content and delivering new site features,â€ said Phil Askey, founder of dpreview.com. â€œNow, with the support of Amazon, Iâ€™ll be able to devote more of my time to expanding and improving our features â€“ such as product reviews and discussion forums while still delivering the high-quality content that our readers have come to expect.â€
Dpreview.com offers in-depth reviews of the latest digital cameras and accessories, active discussion forums, digital photography and imaging news, sample images, a dynamic digital camera buyersâ€™ guide, side-by-side comparisons of the most popular models, and the webâ€™s most comprehensive database of digital camera features and specifications.
Dpreview.com will continue to function as a stand-alone operation based in London.