National Geographic has had a DVD set of all their issues out for a while. (A previous CD-ROM version caused a little bit of a legal issue for them, as well.) Now, they’ve created a newer version that’s delivered on a hard drive. And is updatable (though there’s no hint as to what an update will cost).
Who’ll be interested in it? Well, certainly anyone who’s interested in world culture, anthropology, sociology and geography. The search functions, as described, would make this a great teaching and research tool. Just the ability to page through whole editions of the magazine, without having to watch your bookshelves sag under the weight … to see the stories and images as they were originally published, complete with all the advertising around them … I may have to start counting my change jar.