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Comment Re:He's just pretending (Score 3, Informative) 177

Actually, the motivation behind the project stem's from Dan's stay in Russia before his graduate studies. He realized that their are tons of old posters, pictures, and other soviet propoganda floating around the country's libraries that many people in the western world would like to view, but are unwilling to go to Russia to see. He wanted to digitize some of these posters (works of art, in his view) in order to circulate them on the web. He soon became very frustrated with using a flatbed scanner, and stopped. Zoom ahead a few years later, Instrucatables is having a contest to win an epilog laser cutter, so he decided to build a book scanner out of recycled (read: trash) materials and submits the project, and wins. He says he's surprised at how well the project has resonated with the web community.

Comment Re:Cameras usually stink for this.... (Score 1) 177

The use of 5 MP cameras is more than sufficient for reading the scanned books at any resolution, if you'd bother to check out any of the sample scans he's released on instructables or the diybookscanner website. Dan chewed on this "problem" of insufficient resolution for a month or so before he did some tests and concluded that digital cameras just plain take better pictures than scanners do, since the technology used in scanners is old and stagnant; while the computing power in these smaller, cheaper digital cameras continues to improve.
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Submission + - Book Scanner from Trash and Cheap Cameras (

atarkri writes: Someone over at instructables has posted a write-up for the Epilog "green" contest, using recycled and salvaged materials to build a book scanner. From the instructable:

"I love books. There is some truly fantastic knowledge and information hidden out there in hard to find, rare, and not commercially viable books. I find that I want my books with me everywhere."

"... Digital books change the landscape . After suffering through scanning many of my old, rare, and government issue books, I decided to create a book scanner that anybody could make, for around $300."

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