[kwlug-disc] digitizing books

John Johnson jvj at golden.net
Fri Oct 29 09:21:00 EDT 2010

Many years ago, I knew someone who clamped a book securely between 
two pieces of plywood and then ran the book and plywood through a 
bandsaw to trim off the spine and the binding. Then the loose pages 
were fed through a good photocopier with a feeder to get hard copies 
of the book.

IIRC The output of the photocopier had a  good contrast ratio and 
which, if OCR was around at the time,  could then be run through a 
scanner to be OCRed.

But this was before OCR scanners were common.


>On 10-10-28 04:19 PM, Raul Suarez wrote:
>>I am thinking that it would be very cool to mount it in a 
>>mechanical device that:
>>1. Raises the scanner
>>2. Flips the page
>>3. Lowers the scanner
>>4. Takes the pictures
>>5. repeats
>>Even an electronic hydraulic system may work, but I am envisioning 
>>a fully mechanic device. Wouldn't that be cool?
>>Raul Suarez
>>Technology consultant
>>Software, Hardware and Practices

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