[bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning Old Mass Market Paperbacks

  • From: "Lori Castner" <loralee.castner@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 13:19:26 -0700

Yes, you would have to change the contrast, and it would probably take several 
tries to get the setting right for those difficult pages.  For the situation 
you have described, it could be a lot of trouble.

Lori

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  No, I have not tried that because I don't know what I am doing. I suppose 
that if I try it on a book that has some pages that are scanning okay and some 
that are not I would have to change it for each page?

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  Hi, Roger, 

  Have you ever experimented with the settings in the Scanning settings under 
the Settings menu? 

  In that submenu, there is an option for "scanning contrast".  There are 
options for automatic contrast, normal contrast, darken page, and lighten page. 
  But below those choices, there is a list of numbers from 1 to 255.  Using one 
of these numbers allows you to darken or lighten the page beyond the perameters
  in the other options. 

  127 is the number that is similar to normal contrast. 

  One time I had a book that would barely scan using automatic or normal 
contrast darken page or lighten page.  The letters either ran together or 
created
  garbage.  I played around with using the numbersdarkening the page by using 
number 25 and the book scanned really well. 

  So if you have not tried these custom settings for scanning contrast, check 
it out.  Hope this helps. 

  Cat Lover Lori 

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  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Scanning Old Mass Market Paperbacks

  Some of you will recall that when I first started scanning books for 
Bookshare I was looking around for something to scan and found an old mass 
market paperback
  that was published in 1963. Scanning it turned out to be an impossible task. 
Since then I have scanned and submitted several hardcover and trade paperbacks
  and learned some techniques for scanning. One of those experiences was a 
trade paperback that was turning out terrible, but when I scanned one page at
  a time and checked each page before going on to the next one I was able to 
rescan the difficult pages as I came to them and some of them I rescanned over
  and over before I got it right, but I finally did get it right. Since that 
time I have adopted the one page at a time method for all my scans. I remember
  that even though that book was a trade paperback the pages felt like they 
might have been made of mass market quality paper and that might have been the
  problem. Anyway, now that I have some experience behind me I have laid my 
hands on several older used mass market paperbacks and I have been experimenting
  with them. So far I have found only one page that scanned perfectly. Other 
pages have numerous errors throughout them, but I think they can be repaired.
  Still other pages scan nothing but garble and remain garble no matter how 
many times I rescan them. I had someone with sight take a look at them to see
  if there was a difference and I was told that they looked pretty much the 
same except that the pages that would not cooperate at all might have slightly
  more age darkened paper. Since the variation occurs in the same book I would 
hate to start scanning a book that started out okay and then get to the middle
  of it and find out that I could not continue. If I do scan one in its 
entirety I want to assure myself that I can correct any difficult pages and 
finish
  the job, so I want to experiment some more before I start. Does anyone have 
any advice on scanning an older mass market paperback? I am using Open Book
  6.0.

                                              "Philosophers have merely 
interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." Karl Marx    


  The Militant: 
  http://www.themilitant.com/txtindex.shtml 
  Pathfinder Press: 
  http://www.pathfinderpress.com
  Granma International: 
  http://granma.cu/ingles/index..html
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