AFP - Google announced on Tuesday that it had begun adding magazines to its online archive of books in a partnership with publishers.
The Internet search giant, in a posting on the company blog and in a statement, said it had begun digitizing millions of pages from New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Ebony and other publications.
"Thus far, we've digitized more than a million articles from titles ranging from Men's Health, Baseball Digest and Runner's World to local publications like Atlanta Magazine and Indianapolis Monthly, with many more to come," Google said.
It said the magazines are being scanned in full-color and made available through Google Book Search, the vast online library created by the Mountain View, California-based company.
"Users will be able to search and read an increasing number of magazines online in full color, each cover, article and advertisement appearing exactly as it did in print," Google said.
A search on books.google.com will now not only bring up links to relevant books but also to magazine articles related to the query. Users can also use advanced search on Google Book Search to search through magazines only.
Entire issues of magazines can be scrolled through using the "next page" or "back" buttons.
Only a few magazine titles are available for the moment but Google said it plans to expand their number.
"Eventually, we'll also begin blending magazine results into our main Google.com search results," Google said.
"For our magazine publisher partners, this initiative gives new digital life to years' worth of work.
"These pages will contain magazine branding, links to the main magazine sites, and ads, providing our partners with the means to reach new readers and to expand their brand online."
In late October, Google settled a copyright dispute with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild over the Internet giant's plans to scan millions of books.
The agreement called for Google to pay 125 million dollars to establish a "Book Rights Registry," resolve claims by authors and publishers and to cover legal fees from a lawsuit filed against Google three years ago.
US authors and book publishers filed a class-action lawsuit against Google after it announced the Google Book Search project.