Google shut down its service to scan, archive and make searchable newspapers’ pre-Internet archives.
According to the Boston Phoenix:
News Archive was generally a good deal for newspapers — especially smaller ones like ours, who couldn’t afford the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars it would have cost to digitally scan and index our archives — and a decent bet for Google.
I received an email on Friday from Paul Sparrow @ Newseum. He requested that reposting of Newseum front page images be discontinued on this tumblr. I will comply to that request, so posting will be halted indefinitely starting tomorrow. Hopefully, we can come to a resolution so that posting can continue here. I will try and state my case as best as I can. There seems to be a copyright issue, even though I’ve never received a complaint directly from the listed newspapers in the past 2 years. We’ll see what happens.
Quality journalism attracts a quality audience, that we sell to quality advertisers.
After a decade of worrying about the Internet, after the collapse of its print advertising base, still only 12 percent of newspaper ad revenue came from online. (And, of course, a much tinier slice of circulation revenue.)
Or, perhaps most galling of all: Even after a decade-plus of eBay and Craigslist and Match.com and the rest, online revenue is barely half as big as classified ad revenue, the one line item most folks gave up for dead years ago.
Compare those depressing numbers with those of another industry undergoing digital disruption: the book industry. New numbers from the Association of American Publishers reported that ebook net sales jumped by 115 percent in January, year over year from 2010. At $69.9 million, January ebook net sales were greater than adult hardcovers ($49.1 million) and approaching adult paperbacks ($83.6 million). Newspapers just don’t have any new digital revenue streams producing in the ballpark of that rate of growth — in part because their monopoly power has been disrupted more than that of their peer industries.
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