It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to learn that National Geographic – a magazine that has been banging out issues since 1888 and which sports the word ‘geographic’ in its title – has accumulated more than a few maps in its archives. Over 6,000, to be slightly more precise. And now they’ve announced that they’re making them all available online, which is great news… if you’re a subscriber.
That’s right; in a canny move to secure more vital funding dedicated readers, only paying subscribers will have access to the whole unfettered archive. But freeloaders non-subscribers won’t go away empty-handed: they can ogle a new map every day on National Geographic Maps' Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Not super handy if you’re looking to get from A to B in a pinch. But the random maps are good eye fodder all the same, and a nice respite from whatever fake news is currently clogging your feed.