Daniel Reetz, the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, has recently started making videos of prototyping and shop tips. If you are tinkering with a book scanner (or any other project) in your home shop, these tips will come in handy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0gq8 ... g_8K1nfInQ

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by iam2sam
15 Mar 2021, 10:07
Forum: HELP
Topic: safe hand removal of plastic binder combs
Replies: 7
Views: 2525

Re: safe hand removal of plastic binder combs

Very good observations and thoughts, especially trying to locate a comb binding machine at a local library. There are a couple of historical society libraries in the area that I have worked with on projects in the past that might have such a tool, and would almost certainly allow me to use one grati...
by iam2sam
12 Mar 2021, 19:32
Forum: HELP
Topic: safe hand removal of plastic binder combs
Replies: 7
Views: 2525

safe hand removal of plastic binder combs

I need to scan a rare, and somewhat valuable, book that consists of ~100 8-1/2 x 11" pages bound with a plastic comb. I was all ready and eager to do this with my Archivist Quill, when it dawned on my slow faculties that the comb was going to interfere with the final platen position, and that I woul...
by iam2sam
19 Dec 2020, 15:36
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Creating a Digital Library
Replies: 21
Views: 13539

Re: Creating a Digital Library

I'm afraid I can't answer that one. I haven't ever tried archive.org. Let me look at it. Well, it seems to have a lot in it. I may have to check it out. At first glance it is kind of confusing. Bill I can understand that. It doesn't exhibit a tremendous amount of structure. To me it is geared more ...
by iam2sam
19 Dec 2020, 10:41
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Creating a Digital Library
Replies: 21
Views: 13539

Re: Creating a Digital Library

I haven't been replying to this thread before, but now I think I might be able to help you. I have been doing just about what you are talking about... Good information to know, thanks. I am aware of the Project Gutenburg library, but have spent more time looking for book copies at archive.org. In y...
by iam2sam
17 Dec 2020, 14:50
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Creating a Digital Library
Replies: 21
Views: 13539

Re: Creating a Digital Library

John, You hinted at some of the answers to these questions in your reply to Daniel R., but I'm curious about the specific motivation. Did you scan books for which good quality digital copies were freely available? If so, why? Are you satisfied with the results of your investment in time and resource...
by iam2sam
14 Dec 2020, 17:09
Forum: Software
Topic: e-book on tablet guidelines
Replies: 0
Views: 2945

e-book on tablet guidelines

I sure this is in a FAQ here somewhere, but I seem to need help finding it. I'm using a 3 yo Archivist Quill to scan some bound books of various sizes, and also some genealogical documents. I have no difficulty with the scanning process, and it's fairly easy to bind the image files into a pdf. If I ...
by iam2sam
14 Dec 2020, 16:54
Forum: HELP
Topic: scanning & processing 78 RPM record labels
Replies: 4
Views: 2416

Re: scanning & processing 78 RPM record labels

Neartly two years late, but just to bring this thread to a conclusion, I ultimately donated nearly all of the 78s to Internet Archive, so that eliminated the need for label scanning.
by iam2sam
22 Jan 2019, 18:09
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: OCR for 78 RPM record labels
Replies: 9
Views: 6174

Re: OCR for 78 RPM record labels

LOL Looks like replies crossed... I should be able to come up with a stubby spindle that is the same height as the records are thick. I'm considering some sort of line-generating laser to project a "horizontal" line on the label(s) for alignment purposes. I'm assuming the text recoognition would be ...
by iam2sam
22 Jan 2019, 18:01
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: OCR for 78 RPM record labels
Replies: 9
Views: 6174

Re: OCR for 78 RPM record labels

Thanks for the reply. I thought of a using a spindle, the catch there is that the Archivist has a "V" shaped tray that gets elevated to the underside of a likewise "V" shaped glass platen (2 camera system,) so I would need to use something of a height and material that would not damage the glass. Th...
by iam2sam
21 Jan 2019, 15:44
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: OCR for 78 RPM record labels
Replies: 9
Views: 6174

OCR for 78 RPM record labels

Hello. I built an Archivist Quill in 2017 and used it very successfully to scan and index (Acrobat) a high school yearbook to distribute for a 50 year reunion. I now want to scan and capture text from the labels for a collection of several hundred 78 RPM records that I inherited a while back. The ma...