[bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

  • From: "Gary Petraccaro" <garypet130@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:41:34 -0500

Not necessarily. I've found that one-page scanning with older or just plain
tightly margined paperbacks makes for many more errors than two-page mode. I
try to go for whatever leaves the fewest errors which I have to go back over
and rescan if it's a substandard recognition for a particular book or leaves
the most fixing necessary.
It seems to me that if I spend more time getting it as right as possible at the
start, I leave myself much less work at the back end.

----- Original Message -----
From: Estelnalissi
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2015 8:34 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

Dear Booksharian Friends,

Wouldn’t scanning one page at a time help fix the problem of a scanner not
putting in page breaks? Doing more work scanning a page at a time might save
all the work proofers are doing at the other end trying to figure out where the
page breaks go and putting them in.

Oh, and Katheryn, Thanks for the synopsis of the mystery book. What a romp.
Book four may still be here should you catch up with books 1-3 and ever want it.

Always with love,


From: Sandra Ryan
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2015 7:42 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

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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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Katherine Petersen
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Sent: Monday, November 9, 2015 6:36 PM
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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

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.

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.



Judy s.
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