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Today, we're launching an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives...
Not only will you be able to search these newspapers, you'll also be able to browse through them exactly as they were printed -- photographs, headlines [news.google.com], articles [news.google.com], advertisements [news.google.com] and all.
Official Google Blog [googleblog.blogspot.com]
I like it a lot - in fact it's been something I've wished for quite often.
It should be emphasized that these are old newspapers, with a great interface. You can move an enlarged region of the page around in the viewing window and watch the indicator rectangle move around in the thumbnail of the page, or move the small rectangle around in the thumbnail and change the contents of the viewing window.
It's like a time machine... absolutely great. It may not replace those old piles of LIFE Magazine that I have in my garage, but for historical research this is going to be a treasure trove. Great thing for Google to do, more or less on its 10th birthday.
(As I think about it, I wish they had such an interface for Google maps. It seems natural that they would, but I don't remember that they do).
I changed the search term to a company that has existed since 1900. I got a search results page that listed a lot of articles, but it seems to actually read the articles I have to pay a fee to the newspaper.
Is that the purpose of this project or am I missing a method of reading the old articles free?
I found this, but it's UK law and the examples are from the US:
[bl.uk...] . There are probably better explanations out there.
My point is, to do this Google mostly has to come to agreements with the publications in question, so it won't be comprehensive for some time.
Think they got data from [newspaperarchive.com...] ?
The future of old books, reference documents etc.. will soon be replaced by virtual copies. Libraries will become just storage warehouses of originals that have been scanned to the internet. Where does it all end! Next you will be able to go to any street online!
[edited by: tedster at 11:57 am (utc) on Sep. 12, 2008]
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