Anyone who is already registered on the British Newspaper Archives website will have just received an update about acces to the beta test site for the weekend as shown below.
Update: BNA [beta] Access
As you registered early on britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk, we would like to thank
you for your interest and offer you an exclusive preview and the opportunity to
influence the final site when it is released later this year.
The website itself is now close to completion, and we are inviting you to a preview
of the ’beta‘ site (the test version of the site). This will also help us to
identify any problems and make improvements before the full public launch.
There are over 1.6 million fully searchable pages available and we are offering you a
special package of £6.95 for use in the beta period. Please note, searching is
free, however, you will need to register and purchase credits to view images in
our fantastic deep-zoom viewer.
The beta version of the site is available from now, until 10:00am on
Monday, 14th November, so please don‘t forget to make use of your opportunity to
preview the site! Please note, you will not be able to print or download images
during the beta period. You will be able to freely view the articles that you
have purchased for an additional 2 months when the site goes live.
The beta site is available NOW at: http://beta.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
There then follows information about personal login to the site. So its all systems go for access to newspapers.
Paying for the beta test is a bit cheeky but I suspect it will stop the site falling over and text the payment mechanisms.
Guess what I shall be doing over the weekend. Good hunting everyone