Latest Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide to be the last

News Simon Brew
20 Aug 2014 - 06:37

After over 40 years, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide is to come to an end...

Most movie enthusiasts have had a good, meaty book of film reviews for Christmas at least once in their lives, and it's a fair bet that many of us have enjoyed a copy of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. Since its first publication back in 1969, the guide soon became an annual fixture. But no longer.

It's been confirmed that the 2015 edition of the Leonard Maltin Movie Guide, which is set to be published next month, will be the last. You can probably guess the reason why.

One of the contributors to the book, Joe Leydon, wrote that "with ready access to information on the internet, our readership has diminished at an alarming rate". He went on to add that "when a growing number of people believe that everything should be free, it's impossible to support a reference book that requires a staff of contributors and editors".

So there you have it. The final edition of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide is on sale in the US from September 2nd.

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