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Playboy follows the New Yorker with digital archive

December 1953 Marilyn Monroe issue
December 1953 Marilyn Monroe issue Playboy

Now all those people claiming to read Playboy for the articles will have easy access to finding them.

Playboy Enterprises and Bondi Digital Publishing are releasing the entire catalogue of Playboy magazines on six DVDs. Each $100 box set will consist of one DVD including a decade of Playboy magazines and a 200-page companion book of images and highlights.

As with the digital archive Bondi did for The New Yorker magazine, the searchable archive will include articles, fiction, cartoons, photos and covers.

The Playboy digital archive will feature 636 issues and more than 93,000 photos, starting with the famous December 1953 issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover, which currently sells for $6,550 at magazine specialty stores. That famous issue was written mostly by Hugh Hefner himself, but it also contained a Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, according to Playboy's Web site.

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