Here is some good news for Playboy fanboys: Playboy Enterprises Inc, the publisher of America’s (and the world’s) most celebrated men’s magazine Playboy, has partnered with no other than our very own Microsoft and Bondi Digital Publishing, and put up 53 back issues of the magazine on the Web, all for free.
The magazines are accessible at PlayboyArchive[dot]com and no age verification is required, except the familiar “you need to be 18 years old” message. Needless to say, the contents are NSFW (Not Safe For Work or Not Safe For Wife, whichever way you see it) ;-)
The issues cover the years 1954 through 2007, and appear as they did in the print version, with advertisements left intact. To do so, Bondi Digital Publishing - the software pioneers that developed the platform for The Complete New Yorker - scanned and re-typed each issue of Playboy, the company said in a statement.
"Playboy has an incredibly rich history and an intensely loyal readership," said Hugh M. Hefner, Playboy founder, editor-in-chief and chief creative officer, in a statement. "This is the perfect opportunity to offer them something they have always wanted and also a great way to allow a whole new generation to easily explore the magazine."
Users will need to install Microsoft's Silverlight plugin on their browsers to access the contents. Simply browse through the magazine covers and click on any magazine to reveal large sized thumbnail previews of the magazine pages. Clicking on a page will show high resolution excellent quality scans of the page. The archive is searchable too.