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British Library puts 4 Million Pages of Old Newspaper Online

By December 16, 2011

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I've mentioned the British Library's plans to digitise its entire collection of newspapers before, so I'm pleased to report that four million pages of print has now gone online. Searching is free, viewing a page will cost a little, but the material is from eighteenth and nineteenth century papers which includes local material such as the Manchester Evening News.

As Ed King, the British Library's head of newspaper's explained to the BBC: "The ability to search across millions of articles will yield results for each user that might previously have been the work of weeks or months, in a matter of seconds and the click of a mouse." The team behind this had digitised up to eight thousand pages a day, a figure which quite frankly scares me as I'm used to digitising my tax forms with just me and a scanner!


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