beamjockey (beamjockey) wrote,

Librarian Reveals "Serial Holdings" of a Coy Google

Speaking of Google, while they have added some magazines to Google Books, they don't seem to offer a list of which magazines are in there.

Users are left to reverse-engineer the list themselves. Eric Rumsey undertook this task. I made my own search before I found his blog entry, but he found more than I did. I can't compete with a crack librarian.

Quoting Eric's "serial holdings" list:

* The Alcade (Univ Texas alumni magazine), Jan 1960 - Sep-Oct 2008
* Atlanta magazine, Jan 2003 - Aug 2008
* American cowboy, May 1994- Aug 2008
* Backpacker, Spring 1973 - Dec 2004
* Baseball digest, 1940 - Oct 2007
* Best life, Dec 2005 - Nov 2008
* Better nutrition, Jan 1999 - Dec 2004
* Bicycling, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008
* Black Belt, 1962 - 2004
* Black World/Negro Digest, Nov 1961 - Apr 1976
* Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Dec 1945 - Nov 1998
* Cell phone handbook, Summer 2007 (issue of Mac Life?)
* CIO, 1987 - 2001
* Collectors Guide, 1994 - 2008
* Cincinnati magazine, 1971 - 2000
* Cruise travel, Jan 1980 - Dec 2007
* Ebony, Mar 1962 - Nov 2008
* Ebony Jr, May 1973 - Oct 1985
* Indianapolis monthly, 1995 - 2008
* Jet, Nov 1951 - Oct 20, 2008
* Log home designs, Winter 1994 - Dec 2004
* Log home living, Dec 1989 - Feb 2004
* Mac Life, Summmer 2007 - Nov 2008
* Maximum PC, Oct 1998 - Dec 2008
* Mother Jones, 1976 - Jan 2000
* Men’s health, Jan 2006 - Oct 2008
* Mountain bike, Apr 2006 - Nov 2008
* New York magazine, Apr 29, 1968 - Dec 22, 1997
* Organic gardening, Dec 2005 - Nov 2008
* Popular mechanics, Jan 1905 - Dec 2005
* Popular science, May 1872 - Feb 2008
* Prevention, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008
* Runner’s world, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008
* Running times, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008
* Vegetarian times, March 1981 - Nov 2004
* Windows Vista, Autumn 2007 - Winter 2008
* Women’s health, Jan 2006 - Dec 2008


It seems likely that more magazines will be added in time. Will users have to repeat this exercise, or will Google eventually come through with a list of their holdings? And what would be their reason for being shy about their magazine list?
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