Financial Times puts archive online – Subscribers to get access to 120 years of FT pages

The Financial Times has made its complete archive available online to subscribers interested in finding out how the paper has covered almost 120 years of business, politics and international affairs. Educational publisher Cengage Learning has digitised the FT’s archive of about 790,000 pages from its foundation in 1888 to the end of 2006. That means all articles can be searched individually for their content as well as being viewable in the context of the page and issue where they appeared, alongside adverts and market listings. The archive, being launched today at the Online Information Show at Olympia, west London, will become available for subscription or one-off purchase to all academic, public and government libraries in mid-January, with revenues from the venture to be shared between the FT and Cengage. Private subscriptions are not yet available, although the past five years of the FT’s archive are already available through its website to paying subscribers. This digital resource will be annually updated, with 2007 likely to come on stream at the end of next year. The FT is the third major UK news publication whose archive Cengage has digitised for library subscriptions, after the Times and the Economist. Where libraries subscribe to all three archives, readers will be able to search them together for similar stories

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