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Playboy Unleashes 250GB HDD With 56 Years Of Back Issues

Gentleman's magazine Playboy has released 56 years worth of Playboy magazine on a 250GB hard disk drive for a mere $300 making it the perfect gift for some of us ahead of Christmas.

The "collector's edition (opens in new tab)" includes every print issue from December 1953 to December 2009, that's more than 650 issues and in excess of 100,000 pages, all available, according to Playboy, at the user's fingertips.

Playboy relies on Bondi's Digital Publishing magazine browsing application, the same which was used by National Geographic last year and on its website (where you can take a tour of 53 free issues from the archive complete with adverts (opens in new tab)).

The hard drive is compatible with Macs and PCs and according to some is hot swappable and comes with ample protection. We don't know whether it is shockproof or will handle spillages but it does come with one year warranty.

Playboy will not be providing any updates for future magazines (or indeed those from the last 12 months) unlike National Geographic which allocation more than 100GB worth of hard disk space for future updates.

The Playboy HDD comes with more than 200GB worth of free space. Bondi Digital sells the DVD version of one decade (the 1950's) for $66.15 on Amazon.

Whether it is a last ditch attempt by a struggling publisher to make the most out of a shrinking audience remains to be seen.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.