QuickWire: Google Ends Project to Digitize Newspaper Archives

Google is stopping the scanners on its ambitious project to build an archive of the world’s newspapers. After spending five years and scanning some 60 million pages of newsprint, Google sent letters Thursday to several newspaper partners announcing that it would no longer digitize new newspapers, though it plans to leave open the free online archive of issues it has scanned, according to a statement from a Google spokesperson. “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,” the company said in the statement. Gary D. Price, a blogger watching online library issues, notes that there are now alternatives, mainly the Chronicling America service by the Library of Congress. Google’s newspaper archiving project never gained the popularity—or controversy—that its book-scanning project attracted.

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