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MZaza [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
14 years ago3,259 views

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/search-and-find-magazines-on-google.html

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It's very fast fast: I prefer this viewer to the Google Docs' PDF one.
I love how the ads update themselves when scrolling down a magazine.
I'm amazed how a February 2008 mag can looks old compared to a 1999 web page ;)
I wish all magazines were online, from 1990 to 2000, like Sciences Avenir, Le Spectacle du Monde, Geo... There are so much souvenirs in their pages! (I've never had a TV)

Above 2 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

The Economist forecasts well
http://books.google.com/books?id=ut-2AAAAIAAJ&q=google+date:0-1998&dq=google+date:0-1998&lr=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ei=CsY-SbGGA42ONoa_lcUG&pgis=1 (published in 1960)

Obama was born in Serbia!
http://books.google.com/books?id=9eQCAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA19&dq=Rick+Astley&as_brr=1&ei=bsg-SfWvK5HQMvaL1L8G

Bonus: http://books.google.com/books?id=DAsAAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA43&dq=philipp+lenssen&lr=&as_brr=1&as_pt=ALLTYPES&ei=acQ-SfuPMZu8M-LphdIG

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Jérôme, Google always prints the date the magazine was started (or from the year their archive starts?) next to the overview page...

Jim Stroud [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

When, oh when, oh when... will they start indexing vintage comics online? That would be the coolest thing.

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

[put at-character here]Philipp Lenssen
Does it mean that the date parameter doesn't work "normally" with magazines?

When I search books published before 1990, I expect that all papers published after 1990 to be excluded from the results.
http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/2180/datetx2.png
In the example above, I find the second result disturbing. I expect that The Economist wrote in 1981 about Lary and Sergey, but with all due respect to the Economist, I don't believe it.

Indicating when the first issue of the Economist was published – or the year of the first issue scanned by Google – don't add any value but misleads the user.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Jim, I made a mockup in 2006:

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http://blogoscoped.com/files/google-comic-book-search.jpg
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TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

BTW, it's not the first time Google scans magazines. Think about Google Catalog ;)
[if you search well, you will find a lot of NSFW magazines in Google Catalogs....]

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Jérôme, I agree it's confusing in that position...

Ianf [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Philipp (& TOMHTML): "I’m not sure if there were really no magazines at all in Google Book search before, though that’s how I understand Google’s announcement"

There were no mainstream, large-run pagescans of magazines in Book Search before. There were plenty such – usually scholarly journals and the like – available online, thus sometimes in search results, but most were walled-off gardens. Latest example of that is the entire 83+ press run of The New Yorker, which has been made available a few years ago first on 8 data-DVDs + 2 update discs to date; then on a standalone hard drive, and now behind an id-password fence @newyorker.com – a perk to all subscribers, or US$40-something electronic subscription-only option.

[ Incidentially, the copyright/ redistribution and reimbursment talks with U.S.-mag publishers must've been a nightmare – even compared to the long-drawn process for these with book publishers. Unlike books, that were always distributed in more than one fashion, the magazines usually rely on either spur-of-the-moment newsstand sales, or recurrent subscription models. So making their archives available online must have been presented by Google as a ready-made and cheap presence incentive to drive sales of current issues. Do not therefore expect there to be the latest/ in-print back mag issues!]

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Collected a couple of interesting ads from Google Book search's "Popular Science" collection: http://captionx.com/page/ads

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