[bksvol-discuss] scanning books and question about page breaks

  • From: "Chanelle Allen" <chanellem.allen@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:10:38 -0600

Dear volunteer list,
It has been a few years since I have been on this list and have proofread for 
Bookshare. I am also interested in scanning some books that I have purchased 
and would like to contribute to the Bookshare collection.
I am using a BrailleConnect 32 when proofreading with Jaws and Microsoft Word 
on my computer. Is there a way to get a Braille display to show page breaks. 
After entering the \012 in the Jaws dictionary, Jaws now consistently announces 
the page breaks. It would be nice if my Braille display could show them as 
well. Is it still necessary to have a blank line followed by a page break 
followed by a blank line?
When scanning books, it seems that both pages do not fit on the scanner most of 
the time. It is hard to get the page lined up perfectly and to hold the other 
pages in a way so that they will not be accidentally scanned. I have tried 
using a Cano scanner and one that is part of my Hp printer. It seems that 
removing a book cover and binding would be the best way to ensure quicker and 
better scans. Has anyone done this? Would it be better to take the books 
somewhere to have the spines cut? If that is not a good option, what scanners 
do you use that would allow one to lay a book completely flat to scan two pages 
at the same time? So far, I have just tried scanning paperback books.


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