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 BillGill
Today, 09:30
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Best camera for scanning?
Replies: 1
Views: 47

Re: Best camera for scanning?

I don't thing there is a "best" camera for scanning. Almost any camera with a decent resolution will work. More important is how you plan to scan. Are you building a 2 camera scanner or a 1 camera scanner? For a single camera scanner you will need have a camera with a good resolution (about 2 megapi...
by BillGill
15 Aug 2019, 09:22
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Clean your camera lens
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Clean your camera lens

While editing the text from the book I am currently converting I found that the lower part of the original page/image was not in very good shape. It had a lot of errors. I checked back to the original images and there seemed to be a glare on that part of the page. I checked and checked to see what w...
by BillGill
17 Jul 2019, 09:31
Forum: HELP
Topic: How to crop and deskew pages using only free software?
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: How to crop and deskew pages using only free software?

I don't know about software to do it, but could you zoom in tighter so that you mostly get the pages, and not so much of the surrounding mechanism? I think my OCR (ABBY Finereader 14) could handle that.

Bill Gill
by BillGill
08 Jul 2019, 09:20
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Please recommend paper cutter
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: Please recommend paper cutter

The type of saw I suggested comes with a variety of blades that can be used for many purposes. I mostly use mine for wood or wallboard, although it is one of the first things I think of when I need to cut something. The fine blades can do a very fine cut. It is not a circular saw. The blades oscilla...
by BillGill
06 Jul 2019, 09:42
Forum: "Destructive" Scanning
Topic: Please recommend paper cutter
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Re: Please recommend paper cutter

I don't do cutting myself, but I'm not sure I would bother with a professional paper cutter. I would most likely use a saw. If you rig a clamp with a couple of pieces of wood, or maybe angle iron would be better, then you can use that to guide a fine toothed saw blade, manual or powered, along the s...
by BillGill
16 May 2019, 09:43
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: WTB or Rent DIY Scanner in Southern US
Replies: 6
Views: 7201

Re: WTB or Rent DIY Scanner in Southern US

It is a lot easier to buy ebooks than it is to scan them. I do that for books I can buy. But I have a lot of books that are not available as ebooks. If I check on line and can't find them I go ahead and scan them, realizing that if they do become available I am honor bound to buy the ebook. I have h...
by BillGill
15 May 2019, 09:40
Forum: Agora / The Marketplace
Topic: WTB or Rent DIY Scanner in Southern US
Replies: 6
Views: 7201

Re: WTB or Rent DIY Scanner in Southern US

I don't think renting would be a good option for you. If you have 1000 books to scan it is going to take a significant amount of time to get them all scanned. I have been scanning books for myself for several years and so far I have scanned about 73 books. It takes me about 15 to 20 hours to complet...
by BillGill
16 Jan 2019, 10:33
Forum: HELP
Topic: digitizing antique magazines
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: digitizing antique magazines

Could you use a piece of glass or plastic to flatten the page you are scanning? It would add a small bit of effort to the scan, but it might be worth the extra effort, because you might not need any extra software to flatten the image. With older books you would need to be careful not to damage the ...
by BillGill
30 Oct 2018, 09:25
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Raspberry PI camera?
Replies: 19
Views: 105186

Re: Raspberry PI camera?

Thanks, that did it.

Bill
by BillGill
29 Oct 2018, 09:40
Forum: Cameras and Electronics
Topic: Raspberry PI camera?
Replies: 19
Views: 105186

Re: Raspberry PI camera?

Backing up to my reply yesterday. I tried resetting the image quality on my Elph 160 and then snapped a test shot. When I ran it through the OCR I got a much better file than either the low res or the Pi Cam. So I am recommending that people not use the Raspberry PI with a Pi Camera. The image quali...