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Google starts indexing magazines

Alex Christie

10 December 2008

Google announced yesterday that they are adding magazines to their Google Book Search function. Many magazines have already agreed to let Google index their articles. Google will share some of the revenue that is generated from the ads that are shown alongside the articles. The magazines currently available through Google are issues of New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and Ebony. There will be many more to follow. Google said on their official blog:

"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?

Try a search for [hank aaron pursuing babe ruth's record] on Google Book Search. You’ll find a link to a 1973 Ebony article about Hank Aaron, written as he closed in on Babe Ruth’s original record for career home runs. You can read the article in full color and in its original context, just as you would in the printed magazine. Scroll back a few pages, for example, and you’ll find a two-page spread on 1973’s fall fashions. If you’d like to read further, you can click on “Browse all issues” to view issues from across the decades."

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