[bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:45:09 -0500

In my original message, I probably should have said that scanning a mass market
paperback in two page mode may be the ONLY way to get a decent scan, not the
BEST way. With margins as close as they often are in those kinds of books, it
is just not possible to get scans without margin errors, lots of margin errors,
doing one page at a time, even though I’ve got one of those book edge scanners.
Evan

From: Katherine Petersen (Redacted sender "katherine_petersen" for DMARC)
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2015 7:35 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

Oh, but scanning a mass market one page at a time is just tedious. At least,
for me I know at some point in the middle of the book, I’ll forget which way to
turn it and start going backwards. J



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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Evan Reese
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2015 9:34 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question



Just a novel, decent quality print, good margins, ungarbled headers (so they’re
easy to remove with a couple judicious search and replace operations), scanning
one page at a time, about four hours for 300 pages. That includes all the
checking and cleanup that I do.

Believe it or not, after scanning over 700 books, I’ve never made a detailed
study of how long it really does take. So this is just my intuitive feel after
all those books. There’s such a degree of variability, so I’m giving you the
optimal figure. A lot of books will take longer than that, quite a bit longer
in some cases.

But the average for good quality books with just straight text is about 100
pages per hour of raw scan, so an hour for checking and cleaning up any stray
junk characters and removing running headers may be generous in some cases. So
this is really a ballpark figure.

Of course, with scanning two pages at a time, things will go faster, but not
necessarily twice as fast. I don’t scan most books in two page mode because I
want to protect the spines. But with mass market paperbacks with close margins,
bending the heck out of the spine and scanning them in two page mode is
sometimes the best way to get a decent scan. But even then, they can take more
cleanup, so at least some of the time saved in scanning two pages at a time is
used up in fixing the issues that more often crop up with those lower quality
books.

Probably more than you wanted, <smile>, so bottom line is still about four
hours for 300 pages of really good text with no complications.

Evan



From: Judy s.

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2015 12:49 AM

To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Scanning question



For you guys who scan, how long does it take to scan a novel of, say, 200 to
300 pages, something with straightforward fonts, no footnotes or illustrations?
I know it's different depending on the type of scanner you use, and your
software, and how difficult it is to scan a particular book based on its
binding and age, but I'd really appreciate any ballpark figures you can share.

Thanks!

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Judy s.
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