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 benjamin
24 Feb 2010, 13:41
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: Kindle apps!
Replies: 4
Views: 6465

Re: Kindle apps!

No ads, offensive materials, collection of user data without permission, use of Kindle's transmarks, malicious code, or "generic readers." Must meet all technical requirements (as far as I know that just means it runs and doesn't violate the security measures in place, ie. the sandbox); and comply w...
by benjamin
24 Feb 2010, 13:15
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Beta Build
Replies: 27
Views: 30724

Re: Beta Build

I rather like the notion of a treadle-operated platen to keep both hands free to tweak the book position. I like it more than having a switch on the treadle fire the cameras when the platen reaches its down position. I used a double pulley on our counterweight to leave room for this option. I playe...
by benjamin
24 Feb 2010, 13:06
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Musinf Book Scanner
Replies: 36
Views: 24712

Re: Musinf Book Scanner

We're using a slide similar in design to the one you linked to, but much, much cheaper (I think I paid around $0.50 for the slide & about 7 feet of rail). Just one on a center post, counterwighted. It's quite smooth. Remember the platen is actually pretty light. http://iplc.tulane.edu/scanner-build/...
by benjamin
24 Feb 2010, 12:28
Forum: OCR/Optical Character Recognition
Topic: Proposed 100% Linux Workflow: Capture-Process-OCR
Replies: 25
Views: 30395

Proposed 100% Linux Workflow: Capture-Process-OCR

Hey folks, here is my rough outline for a complete book scanning software system relying entirely on open-source tools. Hoping for as much feedback as you can provide. I've been authorized to release the process and the finished scripts under the Creative Commons - Attribution 3.0 license; http://cr...
by benjamin
24 Feb 2010, 07:31
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: Kindle apps!
Replies: 4
Views: 6465

Kindle apps!

I've been granted access to the Kindle SDK! That's the development toolkit for creating Kindle Apps (sorry, "active content"). We're working first on our own project, but if you have ideas/wishes for applications you'd like to see, I want to hear about them... No promises- I'm not great with Java & ...
by benjamin
24 Feb 2010, 07:22
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: Copyright in posting PDF samples
Replies: 19
Views: 14258

Re: Copyright in posting PDF samples

Sorry to show up late for the party, things have been crazy at work. This is exactly the issue we work on, and our scanner is being used to digitize copyright records which will be integrated into our software which seeks to help lay users find answers to these questions. Some quick, unsatisfying an...
by benjamin
27 Jan 2010, 18:30
Forum: Chat
Topic: Apple iPad announced
Replies: 29
Views: 20565

Re: Apple iPad announced

I guess I should have broadened my critique, which really stems from Dan's point. It's not really about drives, it's about who controls what data goes into the machine. That said, this is all just one more step in the trend towards "cloud computing" (anyone else remember when terms like "application...
by benjamin
27 Jan 2010, 16:06
Forum: Chat
Topic: Apple iPad announced
Replies: 29
Views: 20565

Re: Apple iPad announced

Well, bigger iPhone that can't make phone calls.

It's a "multimedia" netbook tablet that can't run regular software or play DVD's, and ebooks will be backlit with a purported 10 hour battery life... sounds terrible. At $500 they're gonna sell a bajillion of them.
by benjamin
27 Jan 2010, 15:54
Forum: Scanners and Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread: Tulane CIPLC (now with a TON of photos!)
Replies: 7
Views: 10324

Re: Build Thread: Tulane CIPLC (now with a TON of photos!)

Plumb-bob. That's the word I couldn't remember. Also I've now replaced the counterweight with a cloth bag stuffed with assorted hardware bought for this project but unused; fine tuned so that the platen is biased slightly downward, which helps seat it a little bit. On a personal note, this brought b...
by benjamin
27 Jan 2010, 07:43
Forum: Show and Tell / Book Projects
Topic: DIY Scanner link collection (Delicio.us)
Replies: 0
Views: 2440

DIY Scanner link collection (Delicio.us)

Hello friends, I use Delicious.com to manage my bookmarks. Hadn't really thought about sharing them, so they're not very well described, but now that I'm up to 38 figured someone might want to skim the list- or recommend other sites! Always looking for inspiration, but not really trying to make a ge...