My 98-year-old paternal grandmother loves National Geographic magazine. When we helped move her into a one-bedroom apartment in a retirement community a few years ago, I was shocked to discover that she had been saving every issue of the magazine for more than 30 years. The collection (stored in dozens of cardboard boxes in her attic) contained somewhere between 400 and 500 monthly issues and special printings.
I try not to think about how quickly those boxes of magazines could have burned in a house fire and am glad that such an accident never happened.
Unfortunately, all of the time, effort, and space my grandmother sacrificed to keep her collection was superfluous because the last 112 years of National Geographic magazines are now available on 32 CDs. I would prefer that they appear on DVDs, but 32 CDs still take up less shelf space than thousands of the yellow border magazines.
This isn’t the only magazine to undertake such an endeavor. The New Yorker (8 DVDs) and Mad Magazine (1 DVD) are just two of many magazines to publish their decades of collections. And, the digital collections don’t stop with magazines. Marvel Comics has also released many of their publications in complete collections, like Spider-Man (1 DVD), X-Men (1 DVD), Incredible Hulk (1 DVD), Iron Man (1 DVD), Ghost Rider (1 DVD), Fantastic Four (1 DVD), and Captain America (1 DVD).
If your favorite magazine isn’t on CD or DVD yet, I still stand by my previous suggestion to scan your favorite articles and file them on your computer using DevonThink, Yojimbo, One Note or a personally created digital filing system.