Find digitized magazines via Google Book Search

Google helps 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. In November, Google announced another magazine-related project to digitize the photographic archive of Life Magazine in order to make it available via Google Image Search.

Via the Official Google Blog:

“You can search for magazines through Google Book Search. Try queries like [obama keynote convention], [hollywood brat pack] or [world’s most challenging crossword] and you’ll find magazine articles alongside books results. Magazine articles are tagged with the keyword “Magazine” on the search snippet.

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 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.

Later: As always, the zen-master of search, Danny Sullivan, has the details on Google’s plans, along with some tips on how to use the advanced search features.

  • This is totally great & amazing & I’m thankful and all that.

    A few gripes – there’s no way I can find to print the pages out or save them or transform them into a PDF etc. Reading long stories in tiny, sometimes blurry type on my laptop screen is non-optimal (and I’ll repeat my complaint that Google book search ought to let you get something besides an image-based PDF for out-of-copyright books – ebook formats, anyone?).

    Also the search does funny things when it meets the all-too-common-in-magazine-world hyphenated word. A search for “Natalie Portman” found this 1997 New York Magazine article (,M1) only because Natalie’s full name was in a photo caption. The first reference in the article was “Natalie Port-” on one line and “man” on the next line.

  • Good points, Aaron. Makes little sense they want let you print out an article — or if you wanted to save it online, the “add to library” feature that is a part of books found via Google Book Search is not available. Just for kicks — and for you, Aaron — I experimented with trying to access Google magazine/book search via the “experimental” browser on the Kindle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work there, either.