Mock us if you want, non-believer, but your "photons" are a load of bunk. Darkons dominate the universe, and those things you call "light sources" are nothing more than darkon attractors. The math proves it.
Are you surprised? Most people think Arkham is a mental institution in a movie about a comic book.
Just use a bandsaw to cut off the spine and feed it through a normal scanner with a sheet feeder. Duh. Faster, cheaper, and better results along the spine.
Oh, you wanted to keep the books INTACT?
While I respect your modest proposal, I've always felt that human flesh to be a bit gamey. Even as a zombie I still prefer chicken.
Don't forget WLW, which operated at half a megawatt for quite some time (and even applied for a license to operate at a megawatt at one point.)
I used to pick up WLW on my home answering machine at a distance of about ten miles from the transmitter. Stupid faulty ground...
This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.