Mad magazine collection searchability

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 18 02:56:18 UTC 2010

Jon wrote:
> Larry, I'll search my complete digitized collection.  But I won't be able to
> get to it till tomorrow.

Mad magazine was an important cultural touchstone in previous decades,
so I think it is reasonable to ask about the digital collection
publicly on the mailing list instead of privately.

Apparently the 50 year collection has been released in two different
versions: on CDs and on DVDs. The DVD version is available on Amazon
currently for $19.00. I have a question for Jon or anyone else who has
this collection.

Could you describe the search interface and capabilities: Is there a
global search? Is there a wildcard capability? If OCR is used is it
reliable? Do they attempt to digitally capture all the text? Is there
a text overlay on the PDFs? Could you add anything else relevant to
evaluating the utility of this collection as a tool for research (and

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