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Lego Mindstorms + Kindle + Laptop = E-book Scanner
September 7, 2013 | 6:47 pm

Fullscreen capture 972013 54201 PMPaging Rube Goldberg… Found via BoingBoing, Arik Hesseldahl has a report at AllThingsD about an Austrian university professor who has used a Lego Mindstorm kit to hack together an e-book de-DRM scanner out of his Kindle and his laptop. Professor Peter Pergathofer built a Lego device that keys the page down button on the Kindle, then the space bar on the computer, to take a picture of one Kindle page at a time. The computer then submits the picture to a text recognition service to OCR it into a text file. Pergathofer created the project to protest against...

New 3D-photographic scanner will capture 250 book pages per minute
November 19, 2012 | 9:45 pm

dnp1CNet has a report on a new book scanner (Japanese) from Dai Nippon Printing that takes and corrects three-dimensional images of book pages, allowing for them to be scanned at the amazing rate of 250 pages a minute, meaning that the average book could be captured in little more than two to three minutes tops. This is the result of the scanning development technology we covered in March of last year, created by University of Tokyo professors in the hope that it could be used for easy scanning and sharing of manga titles. (The manga studios were not amused.)...

1DollarScan and BOOKSCAN are popular in US and Japan
July 24, 2012 | 11:56 pm

Publishing Perspectives has an interesting look at Japanese jisui company BOOKSCAN and its American subsidiary 1DollarScan, via an interview with CEO Hiroshi Nakano. Jisui companies are the do-it-yourself e-book makers who will, for a fee, take customers’ paper books and scan them into e-books for them. This allows the customers to get rid of the bulky books and replace them with compact electrons—extremely important in space-cramped Japan. Both the Japanese and American companies charge rock bottom prices for scanning, and both have been highly successful—the Japanese branch more so than the American, but both have been doing pretty well....

Review of Bound Book Scanning service, by Patricia Guth
January 4, 2012 | 1:25 am

Logo The December holidays have passed and there’s no doubt – given the lines at the Nook counter at Barnes and Noble – that book reading has changed immensely in the last 5 years or so. Indeed, the era of the e-book is here to stay and more and more individuals find e-reading the way to go when it comes to reading convenience. That said, many of us are still owners of vast libraries of traditional paper books that perhaps we’d like to own in some other, more convenient format. That’s where companies like Bound Book Scanning enter the picture. This New...

Plustek book scanner is well behind its time
July 28, 2011 | 11:37 am

book3800_3Wired’s Gadget Lab has a feature profiling a new, specifically-for-books flatbed scanner, the Plustek OpticBook 3800. The defining features of this scanner seem to be a thin bezel that allows all-the-way-to-spine scanning, and a specially padded liner to eliminate distortion. I’m actually a bit surprised that Wired is so excited over this scanner, given that in the last couple of years we’ve already seen a number of book scanning apparatuses (both do-it-yourself and commercial) that leave a one-page-at-a-time flatbed in the dust. The future of non-destructive book scanning seems to involve digital-camera rigs that can snap shots of two...

Fold-out document scanner heralds portable-scanning future
March 30, 2011 | 12:23 am

o-kingDead-tree scanning just got significantly smaller. Gadget Lab and eBookNewser, among others, are carrying reports on the O-King, a new pocket-portable scanning device. It’s only 1.6 megapixels and has to have a USB power source to work, but its small size and $120 price tag might make it a great companion to a laptop for those with a frequent need to scan documents on the road. Nate Hoffelder at eBookNewser points out: Do you know what it would be good for? It’s small enough when collapsed that you can carry it in your luggage without...

Ion readies book scanner
January 7, 2011 | 10:01 am

ion_1.jpg According to The Register, Ion has shown a new book scanner at CES. The unit scans and saves each page of a book onto an SD card. Scanning is done from two cameras, both of which have a flash. The unit will be available in the March/April timeframe and no price has been set. It will come with character recognition software....

Haptic Braille device could let blind read print books in braille
December 10, 2010 | 2:12 pm

haptic-brailleAnyone who has seen the movie Sneakers is familiar with the idea of braille screens for reading by the blind. In the real world, however, braille screens are gimmicky, expensive, non-portable devices prone to mechanical failure, and I am told most blind computer users make do with speech-synthesizers instead (be it on their computer, or via hand-held devices like the Intel or LookTel gadgets I’ve mentioned before). But speech-synth does have some drawbacks, especially for reading a book—the voice can be annoying, for one thing, getting in the way of immersion into the book (which is why I...

On Being Divided While Books Are Sliced by Matt Hayler
October 25, 2010 | 1:48 am

I like to think I'm pretty modern about this whole books-as-near-religious-object thing. I may be an English student, but I'm all for ebooks and the digitisation of resources. I'm almost at the stage where I'd buy an e-ink screened device (I still can't quite get used to that glitchy-looking refresh rate), and for certain resources I can even see why libraries might want to develop all-digital collections (text-books, mass-market paperbacks, technical data, legal documents, etc.), though never at the expense of preserving existing physical materials. The artefacts, after all, can speak as loudly as the words they contain, and not...

Interesting scanner from Eloam
September 16, 2010 | 9:27 am

s200-9.jpgReceived an email from them about their scanner. It certainly looks convenient. Here's what they say: 1 Scan id cards up to A3 documents and 3D object by one click. 2.Foldaway design, convenient to carry around. 3.USB powered (No adaptor required). 4.With document management software. 5. It is also a real time visualizer You can find their website here....

iPod Touch 4 is not quite an iPhone, but close
September 4, 2010 | 9:47 pm

ipod-touch-2010It turns out that the iPod Touch 4 is going to be just as good an e-book reader as the iPhone 4, but is not quite up to par in other respects. On GigaOm, Kevin C. Tofel writes about why the iPod Touch 4 is almost but not quite the “contract-free iPhone” Jobs touted it as. In particular, he focuses on the lack of built-in GPS, data plan connectivity, and the 5 megapixel camera that graces the iPhone 4. The reason for this is that, regardless of what the pricing article I cited the other day indicates, Apple actually...

BookLiberator $200 DIY scanner
July 30, 2010 | 8:15 am

liberator Gizmodo has a piece on the BookLiberator, a cube of plexiglass that contains two opposite-facing video cameras to photograph facing pages of a book. You place it on a book, photograph, lift, turn page, place it, etc. Conceptually, this appears similar to the $300 DIY Book Scanner I covered in December—they both use two cameras to snap two facing pages at a time. The BookLiberator looks a little more tedious, comparing the two: with the DIY scanner, you just tilt up a hinged half-cube to turn the page, but with the BookLiberator you have to lift the entire...