February 9, 2007 8:39 AM PST
Marilyn, Pamela, Anna Nicole--just search the archives
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Playboy Enterprises is releasing the entire catalog of its magazine as a searchable digital archive. Playboy and Bondi Digital Publishing announced on Friday the upcoming release of six DVDs, which will span 636 issues beginning with the famous 1953 first issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Bondi Digital is the same company that developed the digital archive for The New Yorker magazine catalog now available on a 3x5-inch hard drive. It, too, was first released on DVD.
Like The New Yorker's, Playboy's catalog DVDs will provide a searchable digital archive that includes articles, cartoons, photographs and covers. The Playboy DVDs will be released by decade with the first two sets, the 1950s and 1960s, available in October. Each $100 box set will include one DVD and a 200-page companion book with photos. The announcement coincidentally follows news of the death of Anna Nicole Smith, the former 1993 Playboy Playmate of the Year turned entertainer.