[bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

  • From: "Roger Loran Bailey" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "rogerbailey81" for DMARC)
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:55:46 -0500

I have finally learned that myself. One would think that scanning one page at a time would be a lot slower than scanning two pages at a time, but there are so many fewer scanning errors that I think it actually saves time. About the last three books I have scanned I have scanned one page at a time. I still read through them and do a spell check, but the time I spend in correcting errors has been greatly reduced.

On 11/14/2015 12:55 PM, Katherine Petersen (Redacted sender katherine_petersen for DMARC) wrote:

That’s a good idea. I actually find it more difficult to get a clean scan with a single page of a mass market paperback than two pages. But this could just be me. J

*From:*bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Gary Petraccaro
*Sent:* Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:14 AM
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Then, stick a small piece of tape toward one end of the spine of the book and always keep that tape near the thumb of whatever hand you decide. You should be able to make this a pattern.

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*From:*Katherine Petersen (Redacted sender "katherine_petersen"
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*Sent:*Monday, November 09, 2015 7:48 PM

*Subject:*[bksvol-discuss] Re: Scanning question

That’s a good idea, but I still prefer doing two pages at a time. J

[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Dean
*Sent:* Monday, November 09, 2015 4:40 PM
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For the problem of knowing which way to turn pages in a mass
market paperback, if the two covers aren’t sufficiently
distinguishable, I might stick a paper clip or piece of masking
tape on one cover, or, depending on the book, I will bend a corner
of one cover so I can easily distinguish and so I don’t end up
changing direction in midstream.



[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of
*Katherine Petersen (Redacted sender "katherine_petersen" for DMARC)
*Sent:* Monday, November 09, 2015 7:36 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

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


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

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


*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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