You know how we reported in January that Playboy magazine was coming to the iPad in all its uncensored glory based on some tweets by its illustrious founder, Hugh Hefner? Well, it’s happened. Full access to every Playboy magazine is now available for the iPad but it’s not an app as you might have hoped – it’s through an iPad-optimized web site, i.playboy.com.
Playboy announced the site yesterday, touting that every single issue from December 1953 to the present is available through the HTML5 portal:
From the inaugural issue with Marilyn Monroe to the current issue with rock heiress Lizzy Jagger on the cover, iPlayboy features every pictorial, interview, Centerfold, investigative reporting piece, story, advertisement and image that ever appeared in the magazine, more than 130,000 pages in total. Readers can search for a groundbreaking interview they read years ago, find classic fiction, or read about the most-recent celebrity cover model, all in one place. The site will be updated with each monthly issue so that it includes current content as well as archival features and pictorials.
This online access will cost you a pretty penny though at $8 per month, $60 per year, or $100 for two years. This is far more expensive than subscribing to the print version of the magazine, which costs $16 for one year or $28 for 2 years (with delivery fees). Of course, you don’t get access to back issues with the paper version but the digital version on the iPad does offer more opportunity for stealth browsing of nude women in public comparatively.
Playboy still has an iPhone/iPod touch app in the App Store though it completely lacks nudity and doesn’t seem worth it if you want a true Playboy magazine experience, but there you go.