By | September 12, 2008

Google is making searchable, digital copies of old newspapers available online through partnerships with their publishers, the company said Monday. The results of Google’s project initially will be available through the Google News Archive site, Soni said. “Over time, as we scan more articles and our index grows, we’ll also start blending these archives into our main search results so that when you search, you’ll be searching the full text of these newspapers as well,” he said.   …

Google didn’t reveal which publishers are partners except the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph and two organizations, ProQuest and Heritage Microfilm. However, examples of the service showed pages from The Evening Independent of St. Petersburg, Fla., the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, The Tryon (N.C.) News, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The project expands on an earlier partnership to digitize content from The New York Times and The Washington Post, Google said. – cnet

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