Google Drive on-the-fly OCR takes old ebook scanning to new highs

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

For all those pesky public domain PDFs that you may have lying around that can’t be shoehorned into more flexible ebook formats without considerable inconvenience and inaccuracy, Google may have the ideal solution. Google Drive, the default cloud archive and storage service for Google fans, [...]

Apple stylus patent tries to do a Wacom with prior art

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Apple has been granted a renewal on a 2010 patent for: “a stylus comprising: a body with a first end and a second end; a tip located at a first end of the body; one or more position sensors disposed on the body, wherein the position sensor is in communication with the tip; and a transmitter [...]

Lego Mindstorms + Kindle + Laptop = E-book Scanner

By Chris Meadows
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 [...]

The 5 Steps of Intelligent Proofreading

By Jon Jermey
December 21, 2012 // 3 Comments

Over the years I’ve scanned and OCR’ed many printed books into electronic form for Gutenberg Australia—most of the Edgar Wallace collection there is my work, for instance—and during that time it’s become clear that not all typos are equal. After awhile, in fact, it became possible for me [...]

Embarrassing e-book typo proves ‘shift’ happens

By a TeleBlog Contributor
September 13, 2011 // 7 Comments

I had thought that I wouldn’t find an e-book typo more hilarious than “the next Jew chapters” or “arroz con polio” from the Young Wizards series. But The Guardian Books blog has found what may very well be one of the greatest typos of all time, in Susan Andersen’s novel Baby, I’m [...]

Ongoing publisher inattention to e-book quality is highly annoying

By Chris Meadows
March 13, 2011 // 25 Comments

Update: Diane Duane has written an interesting piece in response, that I will cover in full when I have time. I was going to bring this up in my review of the Nook Reader app, but realized that doing so would be putting the blame in the wrong place. When I was reading the Young Wizards series by [...]

Publisher pricing and quality issues make piracy more attractive

By Chris Meadows
March 9, 2011 // 14 Comments

Audrey Watters at ReadWriteWeb takes a look at the contentious issue of e-book vs. paper pricing and whether it is likely to promote piracy. Mentioning Random House’s decision to join the agency pricing crowd, and the ongoing anti-trust investigation in Europe, she links to a Reddit thread [...]

Haptic Braille device could let blind read print books in braille

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2010 // 1 Comment

Anyone 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 [...]

ABBYY FineReader Express, a phone-camera-compatible OCR tool

By Chris Meadows
September 10, 2010 // 1 Comment

Mediabistro’s GalleyCat has a post about ABBYY FineReader Express, an OCR program that can even use cell phone cameras (though for best results, a 5 megapixel version is recommended, which would seem to limit it to the iPhone 4’s camera). The post mentions it in the context of scanning [...]

iPod Touch 4 is not quite an iPhone, but close

By Chris Meadows
September 4, 2010 // 6 Comments

It 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 [...]

Prizmo photo OCR software coming soon to iPhone

By Chris Meadows
July 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Want to use your iPhone to photograph and OCR scan printed matter? Your chance may be coming soon. CNet reports that Creaceed’s Prizmo software, a desktop photo-OCR package that includes camera tethering and perspective correction, will soon be coming to the iPhone. No word yet on price; the [...]

iPod Touch to get cameras, FaceTime?

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

A part listing from an iPod replacement parts vendor has led to speculation that this fall’s iPod Touch refresh will include not only the higher-resolution “retina display” of the iPhone 4, but also the iPhone 4’s front and back cameras and FaceTime video chat. Our sister blog AppleTell has [...]

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