Belgian collection agency attempts to levy multifunction printers

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has an interesting piece on an attempt by a Belgian collection society to impose levies on Hewlett-Packard’s multifunction printers—computer printers that include a built-in scanner and photocopying functionality. After negotiations between collection society Reprobel and [...]

Judge Chin dismisses suit over Google Books mass scanning as fair use, setting stage for appeal

By libertyc
November 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Juli already mentioned the big news of the day: Google has prevailed in the Authors Guild’s copyright case against it for scanning millions of books for its Google Books project. Judge Chin determined that Google Books constituted a fair use, granted Google’s motion for a summary judgment, and [...]

Lego Mindstorms + Kindle + Laptop = E-book Scanner

By libertyc
September 7, 2013 // 3 Comments

Paging 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 [...]

Custom Book Scanning: Worth it for those books you just can't find in e-format

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 9 Comments

I know lots of e-book readers who virtually stop reading paper books once they discover e-books. I’m one of them. We recently sold/gave away more than half of our paper book collection. Basically we kept the hardcover books that look good on the shelf. But that leaves the question of how to [...]

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights

By libertyc
July 10, 2013 // 21 Comments

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for [...]

New 3D-photographic scanner will capture 250 book pages per minute

By libertyc
November 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

CNet 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 [...]

1DollarScan and BOOKSCAN are popular in US and Japan

By libertyc
July 24, 2012 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

Backslash backlash: In Carpe Diem, an e-book markup error also affects print editions

By libertyc
May 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

We’ve all encountered e-book scanning and markup errors , but most of these errors only affect the e-books themselves. It’s a rare error that actually feeds back into the print editions of the books, too! However, I recently came across just such an error. I was working on the TVTropes page for [...]

1DollarScan adds platform customization to its budget scanning program

By libertyc
April 2, 2012 // 3 Comments

TechCrunch reports that 1DollarScan, a US subsidiary of Japanese jisui (third-party book-to-e-book scanning) company Bookscan, has introduced an improved formatting service called Fine Tune. Fine Tune promises to custom-format its scans so that they work better and load faster on all different [...]

Trading in paper books for e-books: Is it possible?

By libertyc
February 5, 2012 // 4 Comments

In my email this morning, I received a notice from Quora that I had been invited to submit an answer for the following question: Are there any services or business models in which one can trade paperback or hardcover books for digital books, without having to pay full price again? After typing my [...]

Public-domain digitization projects increasingly have restrictive terms of use

By libertyc
December 30, 2011 // 10 Comments

Digitization of public-domain works is a good thing, right? Most literature fans would be quick to agree. However, Glyn Moody writes on Techdirt that some of the new public digitization projects have terms and conditions that seem to be right out of the dark ages. The Cambridge University’s [...]

Japanese company Bookscan expands budget scanning operations to American shores

By libertyc
August 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch has a piece on a startup called 1DollarScan, a scanning and digitizing company that is offering extremely inexpensive scanning and digitizing services. An expansion of a similar operation in Japan called Bookscan, 1DollarScan’s prices start at $1 for digitizing ten photos or 100 pages [...]

Plustek book scanner is well behind its time

By libertyc
July 28, 2011 // 3 Comments

Wired’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 [...]

Walter Jon Williams uses pirated and crowdsourced editions to build digital backlist

By libertyc
May 15, 2011 // 2 Comments

One of the downsides of piracy can also turn out to be one of its benefits in the right situation. The fact that it’s easy to scan paper books into e-books means that DRM or even refusing to release e-books can be bypassed by a suitably determined pirate. But to an author who would like to put [...]

Fold-out document scanner heralds portable-scanning future

By libertyc
March 30, 2011 // 1 Comment

Dead-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 [...]

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