Magazine article American Libraries

Google Discontinues Initiative to Digitize Newspapers' Archives

Magazine article American Libraries

Google Discontinues Initiative to Digitize Newspapers' Archives

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Google emailed its newspaper partners May 19 to inform them that it would be discontinuing its effort to digitize the world's newspaper archives and make them available online, the Search Engine Land blog reported.

The project, which was started in 2008, has digitized material from about 2,000 newspapers. Existing content, about 60 million pages worth, will remain online and searchable, but Google will not scan any new submissions. Newspapers can extend content with their own digitization efforts, if they choose.

Google said it would focus instead on "newer projects that help the industry. such as Google One Pass, a platform that enables publishers to sell content and subscriptions directly from their own sites."

The Boston Phoenix lamented the project's end, calling it "generally a good deal for newspapers," especially smaller ones that couldn't afford to digitally scan and index their archives. The paper speculated that Google may have ended the project because of a lack of page views or because the process of indexing newspapers' columns and page jumps was more difficult than anticipated. …

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