[bksvol-discuss] Re: a question about text book scanning

  • From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:21:15 -0500

Hi, Candice. Please don't be shy about talking with us when you're
curious about things. (smile) I'm glad you're asking about scanning
textbooks. They are a little different from scanning novels in that
they often have sidebars, pictures, graphs, and tables. It might help
to know what subject of books you plan to scan. What program will you
be using for scanning your books? If you are using Kurzweil, this is
one time I'd suggest setting it to save the images of pages you scan
so you can re-recognize them with different recognition settings if
needed. I'm thinking of the detection of columns here. Most of the
book may need to be scanned with column detection turned on, but an
individual page may need column detection turned off to read

My experience is that books about history, psychology, literature, and
political science are easier to scan. Math and advanced science books
seem to be the most difficult. I'm not sure I'd even try to scan a
geometry book.

I hope this helps you get started.

Monica Willyard
Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com
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