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 [...]

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

By Chris Meadows
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 Chris Meadows
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 [...]

Review of Bound Book Scanning service, by Patricia Guth

By Paul Biba
January 4, 2012 // 34 Comments

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 [...]

Plustek book scanner is well behind its time

By Chris Meadows
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 [...]

Fold-out document scanner heralds portable-scanning future

By Chris Meadows
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 [...]

Ion readies book scanner

By Paul Biba
January 7, 2011 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

On Being Divided While Books Are Sliced by Matt Hayler

By a TeleRead Contributor
October 25, 2010 // 5 Comments

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 [...]

Interesting scanner from Eloam

By Paul Biba
September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

Received 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 [...]

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 [...]

BookLiberator $200 DIY scanner

By Chris Meadows
July 30, 2010 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

Build your own digital camera-based book scanner for $20

By Chris Meadows
April 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Remember that $300 do-it-yourself rapid e-book scanner I mentioned in my post the other day about ethics and legality? Instructables has gone that scanner one better, with instructions for building a $20 photographic-scanning rig. The entry describes creating a roughly pyramidal framework out of [...]

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