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 StevePoling
07 Feb 2011, 00:02
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Could I ask for a book?
Replies: 23
Views: 21267

Re: Could I ask for a book?

It's risky, though, as Russia now has the right to browse through your hard drives in the airport I will wager that the country that invented the Samizdat and has some of the best mathematicians can come up with something cool and steganographic. I can imagine pornographic videos used to hide polit...
by StevePoling
17 Jan 2011, 20:09
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)
Replies: 437
Views: 381300

Re: Post something about yourself here (The Hello Thread)

Sadly, we in the U.S. are a failure-averse society... Malcolm Gladwell has advanced the thesis that you can't master anything until you spend 10,000 hours doing it. That means we all suck when we start. If you've been blown sunshine up your butt through school this little bit of reality might not p...
by StevePoling
14 Jan 2011, 16:24
Forum: R&D and New Technologies
Topic: A certifiably insane idea
Replies: 1
Views: 2001

A certifiably insane idea

A lunatic could build his own own e-book reader using one of these: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/01/in_the_maker_shed_pixel_qi_displays_1.html . If you did, I'd buy one. Or even a kit. This is one of those exciting things about the time we live in. It is altogether possible that someone cou...
by StevePoling
11 Jan 2011, 22:45
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: Let's Make A DIY Book Scanner Test Chart
Replies: 32
Views: 38835

Re: Let's Make A DIY Book Scanner Test Chart

daniel_reetz wrote:Or stealing Gideon Bibles from hotel rooms.
If you'd like a Gideon Bible, I know some Gideons and I can get you one.
by StevePoling
09 Jan 2011, 23:28
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Could I ask for a book?
Replies: 23
Views: 21267

Re: Could I ask for a book?

I get this sort of Soviet vibe when I hear Dan say, "we can't even talk about" book sharing. This is a result of the DMCA, a law that was bought and paid for by Hollywood corporate types. These guys were behind the jailing of Dimitry Skylarov for thwarting the aims of Adobe Systems. This is abhorren...
by StevePoling
05 Jan 2011, 12:04
Forum: Software
Topic: E-book standard format
Replies: 18
Views: 19098

Re: E-book standard format

I think any time someone says that they want to identify the "best" anything, everyone goes into one of those blind-men-and-elephant deals where they identify their particular interest and say that the solution must optimize for "snakeness" or "ropeness" or "wallness" or some other attribute of the ...
by StevePoling
04 Jan 2011, 20:32
Forum: Introductions and connections
Topic: Could I ask for a book?
Replies: 23
Views: 21267

Re: Could I ask for a book?

I hate to say it, but no, we can't. Because the book was published in 1956 in the U.S., that means it is still under copyright, and it would be illegal for us to copy it. This may be a meaningless distinction, but... US law does not make it illegal to copy this book, merely that the copyright holde...
by StevePoling
04 Jan 2011, 20:21
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: Let's Make A DIY Book Scanner Test Chart
Replies: 32
Views: 38835

Re: Let's Make A DIY Book Scanner Test Chart

Dan, If you were to self-publish a book of test patterns surrounded by instructions for calibrating a DIY scanner, and evaluating its scans, I'd be pleased to buy a copy.
by StevePoling
28 Dec 2010, 20:37
Forum: Scan Tailor
Topic: Restricted Palette Scanning
Replies: 2
Views: 1823

Restricted Palette Scanning

Everyone, It occurred to me that the processing of colored text is a constrained one. Most books are b/w. Some coffee table books have lots of photos. But red-letter Bibles have a restricted palette of two ink colors with which the book was printed. And even coffee-table books are often printed with...
by StevePoling
14 Dec 2010, 02:59
Forum: Software
Topic: Cataloguing Software
Replies: 13
Views: 4153

Re: Cataloguing Software

I rather like Calibre.