Google stops collecting old newspapers like NST

The online botoi guni man doesn’t want our stuff any more

Google has called a halt to a five-year-long project to build an online archive of old newspapers. There are more than 3.5 million issues of more than 2,000 newspapers from around the world, some dating back 200 years. But the company said on Friday that it would not add to the collection. The site would be frozen, and no more microfilm or digital files would be accepted.

Newspapers store archives of their own issues in microfilm or in digital form (such as PDF files). With computerisation, the daily output is also dumped from the production computer system into the library system, to be indexed for searches, and made available in-house to staff journalists (only if you have system access, at some papers) or at a price to outsiders.

The Straits Times (Malaysia), 1972

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Getting excited over a hot topic even then

Google’s earliest New Straits Times, 1974

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