Google to Archive Newspapers to 1764
Google is planning to create a newspaper archive back to the Colonial Era.
Google Inc. is trying to expand the newspaper section of its online library to include billions of articles published during the past 244 years, hoping the added attraction will lure even more traffic to its leading Internet search engine.
The project announced Monday extends Google’s crusade to make digital copies of content created before the Internet’s advent, so the information can become more accessible and, ultimately, Google can make more money from ads shown on its Web site.
As part of the latest initiative, Google will foot the bill to copy the archives of any newspaper publisher willing to permit the stories to be shown for free on Google’s Web site. The participating publishers will receive an unspecified portion of the revenue generated from the ads displayed next to the stories.
This would be tremendously useful for writers, researchers, and other curious folk and there’s no obvious down side.
I don’t know how lucrative selling access to archives is for the major papers but I’d guess not very. If Google were willing to take up all of the administrative and logistical burden and return anything close to the current profits back to the papers, I would imagine they’d jump at the opportunity.