Roger, Your aversion is shared by everyone here at Bookshare. It is a bit of trial by fire that new volunteers and staff go through here when they "kill" their first book. The machine used to despine books is basically a guillotine powered by an electric motor to press the blade down through thick books. The one at Bookshare is about 3 feet wide by 4 feet deep and has legs that have it standing about three feet off the floor. Places like Kinkos may have such a machine. We have never needed to check. Scott ________________________________________ From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Roger Loran Bailey [rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:48 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: chopping books Even the word chop and book used in the same sentence makes me cringe. As a bibliophile long before I became blind I am aghast at destroying books. However the chopping consists of despining it so that it can be run through a high speed scanner. I don't know what kind of equipment is used to perform the mutilation, but it resides at the Bookshare offices. Those who want to despine their own books would, I suppose, have to use another means. _ _ _ "Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working people of all countries unite!" - Karl Marx Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rogerbailey81 The Militant: http://www.themilitant.com Pathfinder Press: http://www.pathfinderpress.com Granma International: http://www.granma.cu/ingles/index.html ----- Original Message ----- From: "Charisma" <wishfulfish@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:14 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] chopping books >I saw Scott's note about chopping a book and wondered how others do > this. I have scanned intact books so far except the brain injury book > which I owned. > > That one I: > --carefully pulled away from the paperback binding > --pulled each page off separately > --trimmed any ragged edges, a few pages at a time, with my scissors > > Do you go to Kinko's or something to get booked chopped? > > > Charisma > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list > of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.