[bksvol-discuss] Re: just submitted 25 books

Well, it helps having a good scanner to start with!  There's a high-speed 
scanner at the office that does a very good job, which makes life easier for 
the OCR program, which also does a very good job.  The end result is a very 
clean scan (usually).
   
  Carrie
  
tina birenbaum <tinabir@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  I didn't know bookshare uses fine reader that gives good scans! I will have 
to get that whenever my scanner finally croakes for good.

> ----- Original Message -----
>From: "Gerald Hovas" >To: >Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2005 07:50:04 -0600
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: just submitted 25 books

>Gary,

>OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. It's the software which turns
>the scanned image into text. As Carrie mentioned, Bookshare uses FineReader
>for in-house scanning.

>HTH

>Gerald

>-----Original Message-----
>From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Gary Petraccaro
>Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 9:34 PM
>To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: just submitted 25 books


>What's the ocr program?
>(curious)

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Carrie Karnos
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Friday, November 04, 2005 2:30 AM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: just submitted 25 books


> Mike is exactly right. In the Bookshare office, there's an
>industrial-strength chopper which makes it very easy to despine books, a
>scanner that zips thru about 100 pages a minute, and an OCR program that
>reads maybe 1200 pages/hour (so it runs overnight usually). The longest part
>of the entire process is doing the editing, which luckily is fairly minimal
>because the scanner and OCR program are both good. This is why I usually
>submit 20-30 books a week. While Pallavi works on university donations, I
>handle everything else - the New York Times bestsellers, books requested by
>people on this list, random donations, etc, etc.

> Carrie

> Mike Pietruk 
wrote:
> Donna

> The reason Carrie can submit 25 books is that as, an inside volunteer,
>she
> is using an automated high speed scanner which works on the books after
> the pages have been unbound.
> This scanner costs thousands of dollars so it is not practical for home
> use nor would most of us be willing to see books destroyed in the
>process.
> Hence, while we may scan one book, Carrie can do 10 or more.
> If Benetech could afford a plethora of these scanners and had the
> volunteers to operate them, just think of the output that could be
> generated.


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