[bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

  • From: "Roger Loran Bailey" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "rogerbailey81" for DMARC)
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  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:45:22 -0500

It depends on the book. I just started scanning a new one today and I started to scan it two pages at a time, but it turns out that the book is just slightly too long to completely fit on the scanner bed, so I am now scanning it one page at a time. By the way, I have discovered that scanning a book in one page mode drastically reduces the rate of scanning errors. This can be done two pages at a time if there are clear headers at the top of each page, so that you know where to insert page breaks. If those page headers are absent it is better to scan one page at a time in one page mode.
On 11/9/2015 7:42 PM, Sandra Ryan wrote:

I usually scan paperback, and hardcovers, for that matter, two pages at a time, unless the books are too big, or the margins are too close to the edge of the pages. It’s a lot easier to scan a book once, doing it page by page, than to have to fix thousands of errors because the scanner didn’t catch every word at the margin. I have a book edge scanner, and I have often been grateful for it! But I agree that, if you push hard enough on the spine and hold the book carefully in place, doing two pages at once is much faster!


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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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*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.


*From:*Judy s. <mailto:cherryjam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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*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.



Judy s.
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