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Got this nice note back from the webmaster, Bob Huggins:
How disappointing. Is there any other method/site to get the archived Sporting News?
I do fail to see why Google doesn't make it available. They own it, they're apparently storing it anyway, and bandwidth costs for them are about how much I would pay to lick the bottoms of hobo feet. Sell Adsense on it and walk away.
I wonder what the cost for something like that is.
ohn--yes, PaperofRecord.com's content was Sold to Google as part of a deal signed in September 2006 with our parent company Cold North Wind Inc. We attempted on several occasions to enlist TSN to move over our data, but they refused to sign with Google. We also attempted for the data to be purchased and supported by SABR and were unable to come to an agreement that made this financially viable. At this time we are certainly open to a move of the specific TSN data to a site that makes sense. It seems to us that TSN, should be involved, but isn't. We have enjoyed supporting baseball enthusiasts for the past six years and hope we can find a home for this important historical resource,
Cold North Wind Inc./ PaperofRecord.com
Found another tidbit.
December 8th, 2008: “It is a bittersweet day for PaperofRecord.com. We are very pleased to have our legacy and vision of a 500 year, global, multiple language newspaper historical archive being placed in the stewardship of Google. As a Canadian entrepreneur, it is disappointing to not be able to muster the resources in our country to bring such a digital resource to its fruition at home. However, without the help and vision of a company such as Google, this immense, global, educational resource would not be possible on the scale that is being contemplated,” said R.J (Bob) Huggins, Founder and CEO of PaperofRecord.com, in a statement.
Punit Soni, product manager of Google News Archive, said something appropriately corporate and distantly passionless involving a “robust set of Canadian newspaper content” and “a number of interesting US newspapers.” What else is there to say? Likely there were spreadsheets and presentations to revise, and perhaps some dry toast waiting.
Posted By RJ Huggins---9/16/2008 11:30:25 AM
Just to set the record straight--PaperofRecord.com was secretly purchased by Google in 2006. Our first meetings for the vision of a five hundred year historical newspaper universe began in 2004. Most of the initial material on the Google New Archive website originates from Canada and is the legacy created by our team at Cold North Wind. As you may remember Cold North Wind was the first company to digitize an entire history of a newspaper with the Toronto Star from 1892 to the present. We're proud to leave the legacy of our small company in the hands of Google.
Cold North Wind/PaperofRecord.com
If anyone knows or learns of a portal or portals that are subscribing to PaperofRecord.com, I'd love to get that information, as I'm sure would many of us. In the meantime, I'll see if I can track down more info.
Next week, Huggins will post rates for institutional subscriptions to the database of $3,600 a year for institutions with full-time enrollment of at least 20,000, and $1,800 for others -- prices that are less than the fees before the Google purchase. Huggins said he didn't know how long Google would let him keep the revived site up. "I don't think particularly that the communication of this was handled very well by Google. I'm very disappointed," he said.
PaperofRecord.com is being offered as it was before the Google purchase. All the newspapers that have ever appeared on POR, we own all IP and rights to the digitized material. We are beginning with Colleges and Universities as they have a means of IP authentication. We currently have 12 institutions signed up and ready to go for next week. SABR has been sent details and we are expecting them onboard. We are trying to get this resource back up after being offline, with little resources. I'd be pleased to answer any questions to avoid much of the speculation we're seeing on blogs etc. Elvis is dead.
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