65 Millionen historische Artikel lokaler und regionaler Zeitungen, die seit 1700 veröffentlicht wurden, können im „British Newspaper Archive“ der British Library online angesehen werden. Der volle Zugriff ist kostenpflichtig (via telegraph.co.uk):
„However, anyone wishing to fully access the newspaper archive will have to pay to do so. People can search the site for free but will need to pay either £6.95 for 48 hour access; £29.95 for 30 days or £79.95 for an annual subscription. Once logged in, users can download a pdf of a particular page to keep forever. The archive can be accessed for free in the British Library’s Reading rooms.
The digitisation project, which started last year, will take 10 years to complete, with a total of 650 million articles on 40 million web pages expected to be in the finished archive by 2020. British company Brightsolid, which also owns Friends Reunited and Genes Reunited, is responsible for digitising the archive – a painstaking process as much of it needs to be done by hand as so many of the pages of the newspapers are too fragile to be processed by machines.“