Finding Real Magazines on Google
Finding Real Magazines on Google Book Search Is this the shot heard around the world for the printed magazine business?
By Bob Sacks
Published: December 10, 2008
Is this the shot heard around the world for the printed magazine business? Google has announced a new program that will deliver back issues of magazines to the internet public at large. Take it from me this is huge. It is not the beginning, but rather the verification of the beginning of the digital edition age of the magazine era.
Today, we're announcing an initiative to help bring more magazine archives and current magazines online, partnering with publishers to begin digitizing millions of articles from titles as diverse as New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Ebony. Are you a baseball history fanatic?
Over time, as we scan more articles, you'll see more and more magazines appear in Google Book Search results. Eventually, we'll also begin blending magazine results into our main Google.com search results, so you may begin finding magazines you didn't even know you were looking for. For now you can restrict your search to magazines we've scanned by trying an advanced search.
For years, we've worked to make as much information as possible accessible online, whether that information comes from books, newspapers, or images. We think that bringing more magazines online is one more important step toward our long-standing goal of providing access to all the world's information.
It is now only a matter of how the industry handles and monetizes this “advancement in delivery”, and not whether we wish to or not. It is already here! What are you going to do about it?