First it was books, now Google has gone further by digitizing and indexing the billions of old newspapers and making them accessible and searchable online.
For more than 200 years, matters of local and national significance have been conveyed in newsprint — from revolutions and politics to fashion to local weather or high school football scores. Around the globe, we estimate that there are billions of news pages containing every story ever written. And it’s our goal to help readers find all of them, from the smallest local weekly paper up to the largest national daily.
The problem is that most of these newspapers are not available online. We want to change that.
For students and history enthusiasts like me to hardcore researchers, scholars and historians, this new offering from Google would be a treasure throve of information and history. Of course at first US newspapers would be the first to be indexed but it would be awesome if other newspapers from almost all countries would be available online as well.
Imagine the wonders of reading a local newspaper circa 1985 from Canada or Brazil. Then compare that with newspapers from Japan and Russia. Hopefully, online translation services would be up to the speed by then because there’s just so much history and information out there.
The thing that excites me the most is being able to read the very first editions of Philippine major newspapers, especially the defunct ones. What were the issues back then? The opinions, tragedies, sports and even trivial bits of news decades ago and of course including showbiz and entertainment news as well, I’m sure it would tickle the historian in each of us.