Google stops digitizing old newspapers

May 21, 2011
A woman reads the front page of the New York Times on the Internet in Washington, DC, 2010. Google on Friday had stopped digitizing old newspapers as publishers sought to make money off story archives instead of having them hosted free online.

Google on Friday had stopped digitizing old newspapers as publishers sought to make money off story archives instead of having them hosted free online.

People will still be able to find newspapers already converted to digital format in the Archives at news..com/archivesearch but the collection won't grow.

"We work closely with newspaper partners on a number of initiatives, and as part of the Google News Archives digitization program we collaborated to make older newspapers accessible and searchable online," the Internet firm said.

"We don't plan to introduce any further features or functionality to the Google News Archives, and we are no longer accepting new microfilm or digital files for processing."

Google has digitized more than 3.5 million issues of more than 2,000 different newspaper titles, with the earliest being a March 23, 1752 edition of the Halifax Gazette in Nova Scotia.

Digital copies of archived newspapers will be given to respective publishers that will be free to host the issues on their own websites.

Archived publications include the London from 1895, L'Ami du Lecteur at the turn of the century, and the Milwaukee Sentinel from 1910 to 1995.

Google launched the project in September of 2008 in a partnership with to "make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online."

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FrankHerbert
1.7 / 5 (7) May 21, 2011
The greedy ruin another good thing.
spectator
not rated yet May 21, 2011
The greedy ruin another good thing.


Yup.

Just another proof that anything remotely like "The Jetsons" or "Star Trek" simply is not possible under capitalism.
kaasinees
not rated yet May 21, 2011
If i recall correctly civilization in star strek is highly socialist.
mrlewish
not rated yet May 21, 2011
If i recall correctly civilization in star strek is highly socialist.

Not at all. The society of the federation is almost a post scarcity society in regards to the daily needs of its' citizens.
Jonathan_Q
not rated yet May 22, 2011
Google makes money on the content of the others by advertising. The said newspapers own that content. If they wish to host their content on their own servers, so be it. If they wish to charge for there own content they have to the right to.

Many of the news databases are available freely through local library.

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