Do-It-Yourself Book Scanning


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Do you have a library of books that are not available in eBook form? Do you love combining power tools with classic novels? Then give this DIY book scanner a shot! Apparently it can scan up to 1200 pages an hour, depending on how fast you can manually turn the pages.

I highly recommend watching the video, as not only does it explain the reasons why the inventor created his book scanner, but he also gives a succinct, persuasive argument for the proliferation of eBooks over paper books. Plus it’s always worth watching when the instructions for how to build a scanner involve “dumpster diving”!

Remember, this is not for distribution purposes, and Gear Diary does not endorse or encourage anyone to pirate books. This is a project that is solely for your own personal use and your own personal books.

If you end up building one of these, let us know! (Preferably not from a courtroom where you are being sued by Simon and Schuster. Seriously, don’t pirate.)


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About the Author

Zek has been a gadget fiend for a long time, going back to their first PDA (a Palm M100). They quickly went from researching what PDA to buy to following tech news closely and keeping up with the latest and greatest stuff. They love writing about ebooks because they combine their two favorite activities; reading anything and everything, and talking about fun new tech toys. What could be better?

2 Comments on "Do-It-Yourself Book Scanning"

  1. Carly, you crack me up; “Do you love combining power tools with classic novels?” Heck, I don't like power tools *in general*, let alone combining them with anything!

  2. stevenshytle | December 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm |

    Loving technology and being a college student again in my 30's, I found it incredible last semester that I was having to carry a 64-bit laptop and a 64 pound backpack twice a week. This is that “a-ha” I have been waiting for. None of the books I had to carry had a digital option, but now I have mine. I probably won't have to scan entire books, but this makes the needed sections much easier to process.

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