HI Sarah, I wouldn't discount the OpticBook totally. I don't know if you are on the Kurzweil list but there has been a discussion over the last number of months on that list and over all the experiences are very good. I know Nick Dotson, who is on tech support at Kurzweil and a high end user, has one and uses it with Kurzweil. He is getting 99+ recognition with 4 second a page scans. You may want to drop him a note to get more feedback before discounting the OpticBook. You can reach him at nickdotson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx I am considering getting one here this fall to use with Kurzweil but since Kurzweil uses the two top recognition applications Scansoft and Finereader I don't see that the results would be that much different. Plus the OpticBook was designed for book scanning. Katie Hill Expand your wealth at: www.838gold.com "Come to the edge" "We can't; we will fall" "Come to the edge" "We can't; We're afraid" "Come to the edge" And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Anonomous -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sarah J. Blake Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2006 7:27 AM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] O/T: scanner purchase options I just sent my Reading Edge off for repairs, paid $400, and got it back... It scans inconsistently. Once it will scan the whole page, then gibberish, then half the page, etc. I can't afford to keep doing this repair thing and am about to start grad school. I have a spare Reading Edge that was sent to me and is in worse shape than mine was originally so is no help. So I need to look at what my options are for getting another scanner and starting to work on textbooks, which means potentially big books. I can deal with one page at a time scanning--it's what I've done all this time. I want extremely high quality scans as close to the binding as possible, preferably without breaking the binding because I may be accessing this stuff from the university library. I don't have Kurzweil or OpenBook and won't be getting it due to lack of VR support. Whatever I get needs to work with Fine Reader out of the box. Do I have any good options? I've looked at reviews of the Plustech scanner but am hesitant to buy without the ability to set brightness. This has been a crucial element of my success with the Reading Edge. I don't want to be a spoiled brat, but I'm taking a full load of graduate classes and this scanner problem could not have come at a worse time. Thanks in advance for any feedback. Sarah J. Blake Personal mail to: sjblake@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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. 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.