On Friday 20th of May Google stopped digitalizing old newspapers online. Publishers decided that they preferred to make money off story archives instead of having them hosted for free online.
On the upside, the public will still be able to find newspapers and articles that were already converted to digital format in Google News Archives at news.google.com/archivesearch. The collection of these archives will however no longer grow.
The internet firm stated, “We work closely with newspaper partners on a number of initiatives, and as part of the Google News Archives digitisation program we collaborated to make older newspapers accessible and searchable online.”
“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.”
Throughout the years of service, Google has digitised more than 3.5 million issues, with over 2,000 different newspaper titles.
Digital copies of archived newspapers will be given to respective publishers that will be free to host the issues on their own websites.