Expect More Historical Novels

The British Library is putting more than 40 million pages of newspapers online over the next two years, including coverage of the Crimean and Boer Wars. The archive contains about 750m newspaper pages, including 52,000 local, regional, national and international titles. Before I’d ever written a book, there was a common-held fantasy among would-be writers; ‘Just think, the British Library will hold a copy of your book forever.’ This was mitigated somewhat by the realisation that it would also hold a copy of every book Jeffrey Archer had written, but we’ll let that pass.

However, given the fact that British web users are spending 65% more time online than three years ago, according to a new survey of net habits, and that the average user now spends 22 hours and 15 minutes on the net each month, I wonder if anyone will bother to go online at the library to check their sources. With so much research being conducted on the net, who needs hard facts anymore? My picture shows the beautiful central stack of the British Library’s rare books.

5 comments on “Expect More Historical Novels”

  1. Mary says:

    I’ve learned far more interesting facts from Messrs Bryant and May, than the web AND it’s much more entertaining.

  2. Karin says:

    I actually spend more time on the computer thanks to your blog. It sends me off in all directions including those of new or forgotton authors. The fact that I got here because of a book (or books-the above mentioned Messrs) surely indicates that perhaps there can be a complimentary balance. Anyway, I’m off to read my book…

  3. Helen Martin says:

    That is a wonderful photo. All those books. All those books. sigh.

  4. Mike Cane says:

    >>>Expect More Historical Novels

    See? YOU get it immediately. I’ve said for ages the NY Times is sitting on a billion-dollar archive — and the prats don’t know how to turn that into money. You at least see one part of it right off the bat!

  5. vigo says:

    Yes, what a truly wonderful photograph. All those stories….

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