Playboy Launches Uncensored Online Archive

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It's sex. It's free. What more could you want?

Admittedly, it's soft-core, but Playboy and parnter Bondi Digital Publishing have unveiled It's a 53-year archive, with one issue from each year, completely digitized (including ads), viewable and searchable.

Did we mention free?

If you've managed to avoid Microsoft's Silverlight to this point, you're going to have to install it if you want to view the archive, though.

The issues cover the years 1954 through 2007, Bondi Digital Publishing, who developed the platform for The Complete New Yorker, scanned and re-typed each of the issue of Playboy.

In the press release announcing the site, Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer (as if I had to tell you that) said:
"Playboy has an incredibly rich history and an intensely loyal readership. 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."
We tried the site out (well, we had to, right), and while you can't expand the pages to full screen, you can zoom in and pan around the images. You can search for specific text (like say, Bo Derek), and there's a table of contents you can click through.

It's unclear if the issues will be changed from time to time, but that would make sense. Playboy says the issues currently at the site encompass many classic issues, and they include the famous issue with the interview with Jimmy Carter.
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Modred189 replied on Mon, Mar 23 2009 9:51 AM

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ice91785 replied on Mon, Mar 23 2009 1:49 PM

"FREE PORN"? ...I should just google that string; I am sure this playboy site will be number 1....right?

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Riks replied on Mon, Mar 23 2009 1:59 PM

i loves the internet, and you for telling me that.

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Drago replied on Mon, Mar 23 2009 11:58 PM

lol so much for HH being a PG-13 site.......

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digitaldd replied on Fri, Mar 27 2009 12:15 PM

After the mention of a specific Playboy spread  last night on Life on Mars I remembered about this.. Too bad it was the wrong issue for 1971 Hmm

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