Hi, Roger. Older paperbacks are indeed harder to scan because the ink begins to smear and fade. In scanning, these older books are akin to sitting down at a piano and being able to play a concerto on your first try. It's not impossible, but I wouldn't choose a very old paperback as a person's first submission. I know you have a passionate interest in books about early communism and such. I don't want to discourage you at all. I do think starting out with a more recent book may help you get a better idea of how your scanner works and can help you figure out how the different contrast settings work. Scanning some pages from a more recent book, even if you don't intend to read the whole thing or submit it, can help you get more comfortable with scanning so you can tackle older books with more success. If you do want to work with older paperbacks, sometimes changing the contrast setting in Openbook can make a difference. The other setting that can sometimes help is the text type. Normal is what should be used most of the time, but checking out the dot matrix option sometimes works with books from the 50s and 60s. If it doesn't work, you can always set it back to normal. The other tricky part about scanning older books is that their spines are more fragile. Pressing on the book to make it lie flat can sometimes loosen pages. This isn't a big deal if you own the book. It's just something to be aware of. (smile) I can relate to your library transportation issue. We don't have public transportation where I live. I ended up resolving it by getting a card of my own and using it to place holds on books and to request books I want from other branches. Getting a card wasn't as hard as I expected, and the librarian set up a pin number for me so I could request books online. The librarian calls me when my books are ready to be picked up. I give my mom or dad the card, and they pick up my books for me and take back the ones I've scanned. It's not a perfect system, but I feel more independent by having my own card and being able to order what I want. -- Monica Willyard Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.