[bksvol-discuss] Re: Contemplating scanning a book.

  • From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 00:10:31 -0500

Way to go, Roger! (big smile) You've taken a big first step into scanning,
and you've learned the most important skill quickly. I'm not just being
silly. I mean it. Being willing to experiment with settings and features is
good because the print in each book will be slightly different. You'll find
some settings that work most of the time, and then you'll come across a book
with unusual print that you'll have to adjust to. Scanning a few pages from
the middle of a book is a really good way to see if you're using the right
settings. So you're already doing what the pros do. (grin)

There are some things that will help you get Openbook working better. I
think I'm the one who wrote the post you were asking about. I'll retrieve it
from my archives tomorrow. I'll use it as a shell and will customize it a
bit more for Openbook 6 so you can use it more easily. Tonight I'm on some
heavy narcotics for Pneumonia, and you don't want me to give you directions
on eating a candy bar, much less scanning a book. (smile) 

Scanning will open up a whole new avenue for you. I think you have what it
takes to do it and that you can overcome your shyness with technology.
You've mastered the internet, and I think that's harder than scanning.
Getting around new web pages takes more attention and spunk than scanning
pages once you know your software a bit better. Openbook's help system
hasn't been very good since Freedom Scientific bought the product. So if it
confuses you, it's their poor help system, not you that's the problem. We've
got several long-time Openbook users on this list, and I'll bet someone has
an answer if you have a question. 

Monica Willyard
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker

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