KBC Frequently Asked Questions About National Geographic Magazines

The following are questions frequently asked of Kaiser Books regarding National Geographic Magazines. Note that although we do sell many back issues of the magazine, maps, and other National Geographic-related materials, Kaiser Books is not affiliated with the National Geographic Society in any way. However, we do try to encourage interest in National Geographic Material, both as a resource, and as a hobby.

Question 1: Does the National Geographic Society have a home page on the Internet.

Answer: In late June 96 they will be debuting their internet web site. The URL is http://www.nationalgeographic.com

Question 2: Is there a way to get in touch with NGS through the internet?

Answer: They do have several contact instructions on their web page.

Question 3: How can I get in touch with the NGS?

Answer: Their address is:
	The National Geographic Society
	1145 17th St, NW
	Washington, D.C. 20036-4688
	Tel 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463), 8-8 Eastern M-F
Question 4: Is there an online searchable subject index of the magazine?

Answer: Yes! The National Geographic Society does now have a searchable index located on their web site at http://www.nationalgeographic.com To use it, go to the main menu, and click on the little icon near the upper left, entitled NGS PUBLICATIONS INDEX. This will bring up the standard search index, with instructions on how to use it. In addition, you might try searching the (partially complete) KBC chronological list of article titles at http://www.kaiserbooks.com/sales/ngs/chrono.htm

Question 5: Could you send me a digitized version of the picture on page XX from issue YY ?

Answer: I believe the pictures are copyrighted. You might try calling the Image Sales Office of the National Geographic Society at 1-202-857-7537. They do sell usage rights to other publications and agencies.

Question 6: Does the "Bridges of Madison County" issue exist?

Answer: National Geographic itself has received many such requests, enough that they wrote a explanation near the front of the July 1995 issue. Apparently, they created an appropriate looking magazine cover just for the movie. The actual May 1966 issue has articles on California, Colombia fauna, and Abu Simbel Temples, with a picture of another bridge on the cover: the Golden Gate. Likewise, the magazine has never employed a photographer by the name of Robert Kincaid.

Question 7: Which issue was featured in "Water World".

Answer: I couldn't quite catch it. It didn't look familiar.

Last updated 3/15/97.

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