Through digitization and full-text OCR, publishers can utilize their back-catalog collections for the benefit of in-house staff and customers alike. Back issues from ten, twenty, or a hundred years ago are of interest to historians, staff, and avid customers of a publication. Digitization frees collections trapped in storage and makes them accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Staff working from home no longer need to come into the office just to search the collection, and researchers or historians unable to travel to a physical collection can gain access to an expansive resource.
Publications can utilize this new digital resource as a source of income by instituting paywalls. From pay-to-print options to annual subscriptions for access, a currently ignored back catalog can pay for its own digitization costs through collection monetization.