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The Complete New Yorker: Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine (Book & 8 DVD-ROMs) Book & DVD-ROM Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
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Fans of The New Yorker will be dazzled by The Complete New Yorker, a collection that includes every page of every issue, from full-color covers to spot drawings, from poetry to Profiles, from cartoons to advertisements--all on 8 searchable DVDs. No need to save old issues, with this package, you'll have every article, cartoon, illustration, and advertisement, as it appeared in print, at your fingertips. The Complete New Yorker covers the magazine's entire history, from February 1925 to February 2005, providing a detailed yet panoramic history of the life of the city, the nation, and the world.

With The Complete New Yorker, you'll be able to:

Browse by Cover (click to zoom):

Search by Keyword (click to zoom):

View Entire Articles (click to zoom):

Search the archives for your favorite articles, cartoons, covers, and see them exactly as they appeared in print:

(October 13, 1934):

(August 31, 1946)

(September 23, 1961):

(July 22, 1974):

(September 10, 2001):


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; Book & DVD-ROM edition (September 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400064740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400064748
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's wonderful to have the entire run of the New Yorker at my fingertips. One can only marvel at all the time and effort that went into this project. I'm thankful and impressed.

After using it for a couple of days, here are some comments:

1) Swapping DVDs is more inconvenient than I'd expected. I'm an informational grazer, and I'll sometimes want to dip into something that's on a different DVD from the one currently in the computer. I might take a spare DVD wallet and put the New Yorker DVDs in it so I don't have to open the heavy hardcover book (which contains the DVDs) each time I want to swap disks. As a previous reviewer states, it would be great to be able to install all the data on one's hard drive. Using the New Yorker DVDs is not quite as smooth as using the Web. (I guess we've been spoiled.)

A couple of times, when I've swapped DVDs, the application hangs while trying to read the new disk. I'm not sure why.

2) The search function is not totally intuitive. The author/department/year/issue search works completely differently from the keyword search, and when you're trying to use them together, it's not easy to figure out what you're doing.

3) For some reason I can't access the issue of February 20, 1989, although I can access other issues on the disk that contains it. I don't know if it's just a defective disk or if this is the case with all copies.

4) I wish I could print just the text of an article without the cartoons and ads if I wanted. Some articles are spread over an unnecessarily large number of magazine pages, because some of those pages contain only one column of actual text. And on printouts, the text resolution (even of more recent issues) is not as crisp as in an actual copy of the magazine.
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To view the Complete New Yorker you must install their software, and you must accept their license agreement. Scroll down past the usual legal terms to clause number 7, where you will see that you give them permission to record your complete viewing information, including which pages you view, for how long, at what time, from what IP address. Further, you give them permission to link all this data to your personal information including your name and address, and give/sell this to any third party.

Here's exactly what it says:

7. Collection of Viewing Information. You acknowledge that you are aware of and consent to the collection of your viewing information during your use of the Software and/or Content. Viewing information may include, without limitation, the time spent viewing specific pages, the order in which pages are viewed, the time of day pages are accessed, IP address and user ID. This viewing information may be linked to personally identifiable information, such as name or address and shared with third parties.
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Just spent a day with the product and must say :"The Complete New Yorker : Eighty Years of the Nation's Greatest Magazine" is an incredible value.

After installing the database from your hard drive you can search the New York times by keyword or read it from cover to cover. (Note the keyword feature only searches titles and abstracts of the articles. It is impossible to search the actual text itself).

After a keyword is entered a list of articles with abstracts appears in the search window. A double click on the title will bring up the "viewer" which loads a scanned copy of the article (reminds me of an Adobe pdf document). The image quality so far is excellent. A few pages have been scanned in on a slight angle but most are straight as an arrow.

My only complaint is that the data is split across 8 DVDs, and unfortunately you don't have the option of installing the data to your hard drive. On some subjects this can mean a lot of disc swapping. For example on the subject of computers I had to swap discs five times to read the articles. And the load time is very slow compared to reading documents from the hard drive or the internet.

Speed aside the archive is WONDERFUL! The New Yorker is a well written magazine and to have every issue since 1925 at your finger tips is awesome. I highly recommend this product. I only hope in a future update the New Yorker will give the user the option to read the archive straight from the hard drive.
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It seems, reading these early reviews, that there were some problems with the original installs. The New Yorker seems to have addressed those. Upon my installation of the reader software, I was prompted to update - whereupon any glitches or poor performance seemed to have disappeared.

Instead I have at my fingertips a very deep and comprehensive tome of American culture of the 20th Century and beyond.

The software allows you to expand the view from 100% up to 500%, fit to width or fit to height. It seems more than capable of viewing by any reader, on any system.

The search engine and navigation windows are very intuitive and easy to use.

The material you will be reading is The New Yorker. No need to cover that ground.

If you are a fan, buy it. Buy it on Amazon, where it is hugely discounted compared to book stores. Take a moment as well to subscribe to the weekly magazine and get an even better discount.

I am highly satisfied with my purchase.
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