[bksvol-discuss] Re: I have got to try this!!!

  • From: Chela Robles <cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:23:13 -0800

All this is very fascinating!

On 1/8/12, Judy s. <cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Thanks for posting about this Valerie!  I hadn't heard about the Ion
> scanner. I went out and looked at it, and then googled for reviews.  I
> don't want to sound too unenthusiastic because I love the idea. However,
> unless I'm reading the reviews of the beta models wrong (it still hasn't
> shipped a year after being announced), the Ion scanner only has
> primitive text conversion OCR software.  It's really intended for
> creating image-based PDFs.
> This is really timely for me, though, as a few months ago I found the
> website for an entire group of geeks who call themselves the "do it
> yourself book scanners." They've been experimenting for several years
> now with the technique the Ion scanner uses. They use two cameras, one
> for each page of an open book, and simple lighting, over a book that's
> held in a cradle. They've got full plans of several different
> do-it-yourself designs to make one, even plans for one you can make out
> of a cardboard box! This technique can only be used, I would guess, for
> sighted users as you would need to set up the focus for the cameras
> manually at the start of every book scan.
> The group has also developed open-source OCRing software, but I haven't
> looked at it to see what it can do, and don't know if it runs on a Mac.
> Some of the stuff I read, though, says what many of the DIY crew does is
> take the images with these cameras and then use standard OCRing software
> on their PCs and Macs after they've photoed the entire book to then OCR
> it. They claim it's much faster to photo a book this way than getting an
> image of a page using a standard flatbed scanner, and you get better
> images as you can get the pages to lie flat easily without cutting the
> book apart or damaging its spine.
> Here's the link to their site:
> http://www.diybookscanner.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
> I'd sure love to talk to someone who has actually done this to see how
> well it really works! smile.
> Judy s.
> Valerie Maples wrote:
>> The latest in digitizing books:
>> http://www.ionaudio.com/news/press-releases/ion-announces-book-saver-book-scanner
>> more information, a picture, and embedded video at:
>> http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/01/scan-a-book-in-15-minutes.html
>> It is not small, but looks VERY easy to use!  Best part, it looks like
>> I could then OCR on my Mac as easily as a PC.
>> On another note, someone posted on MobileRead about the mother of all
>> book scanners. I am not sure if you can read this without an account,
>> and it may have been found by our new fearless leader since the poster
>> is named Alisa, but if Bookshare is looking to spend serious bucks:
>> http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23135
>> Valerie, who would love to do ALL her work on a Mac!

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