BookLiberator $200 DIY scanner

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 cube out of the book.

Still, it’s good to see more non-destructive, relatively fast scanning technologies coming out, whatever the differences. Sooner or later, scanning will be something literally anyone can do. (Video embedded below the jump.)

2 Comments on BookLiberator $200 DIY scanner

  1. Why no place the cube upside down, so you can place the book face down on top?

    A Chinese manufacturar should be able to make this with two webcam-cameras for about $20…

  2. If you are really serious about scanning your books, and ending up with a high quality epub, or search enabled, print ready PDF I suggest you visit:

    Kirtas Technologies is the world leader in non-destructive robotic book scanning!

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