1. Use a stack slicer to cut the spine off
2. Feed it through a sheet feeding scanner
3. Check results
4. Do any necessary rescans and stitch the result together with pdftk
5. Chuck the (now destroyed) book into the recycling bin
I have around 60Gb of books now, and have emptied many, many shelves and boxes. It's nice that I can now put my entire library onto my laptop.
It doesn't take that long per book, maybe 5 minutes. The main time-wasters are when a book has damaged pages so the hopper feeder doesn't work right on it, or when the bookbinding glue has spread too far and pages are stuck together beyond where the spine cut was made.
The hopper scanner will scan both sides at once in a couple seconds.
I run the scanner at 400dpi, which is far better than any of the current ereaders will display them. But I figure it's future proofing them. My current ereader of choice is the Kobo Aura that has the retina e-ink display. It's well suited to reading scanned books because:
1. the retina display eliminates the jaggies
2. the glow screen works well in low light conditions
3. the larger screen size is suited to scanned book pages
4. the 32Gb microsd slot enables me to carry around at least half of my library :-)
Ouch. This really seems like a shame. I imagine you're not destroying any books of 'value', but still... Something about willingly destroying thousands of books... :/
Only 2 or 3% of my books are available in digital format.
Hackaday's first image tells the whole story, but direct link here: https://code.google.com/p/linear-book-scanner/
Edit: Also, if someone is just throwing them out that saves me money and therefor time trying to decide what to take.
What helps is noticing that the vast majority go used on Amazon for less than a buck. Not even charities want to deal with those.
They had limited shelf space, and the books that didn't sell quickly went to the recycler.
The problem with selling books on Amazon is if it, plus packaging, is over 13 oz, you have to take it to the post office. This, of course, destroys any economic or environmental benefit to selling them for less than 15 or 20 bucks.
Very, very few used books are worth that much. I do have some, and they've sat for sale on Amazon for over a year. Books less than 13 oz I'll sell for a few bucks on Amazon, but they rarely sell, either.
So I cut & scan with no guilt about destroying the books. It's sad, but they are worthless.
It's clear that a lot of Amazon book sellers don't value their time as highly as you do. They're sitting on a lot of warehoused books and basically making their money off the difference between media mail shipping charges and the standard cost of shipping on Amazon.
Unfortunately most of them are art/architecture books. I'd really like to have very high res original source ebooks. By very high-res I mean I'd like to have say 300dpi or higher at the size of the book or larger. I'm imagining having full color e-ink or some other awesome tech in the next 10 years that lets me view large coffee table art books at their original size or larger and unfortunately I think scanning them, even in high-res would not really do them justice.
Imagining full wall displays it would be awesome to be able to view architectural pictures wall size and not have them look lo-res and blurry.
I have been doing this with old video game strategy guides for about 6 months now. To me it provides a better solution because I still have the spine and all the content which is printed very close to the book's seam. It does take a LOT longer to scan page-by-page, but I also get to keep the single pages instead of throwing them away.
I have also tried using an exacto knife but the results aren't as clean. I am still waiting for a better solution and your comment certainly does make me think.
Yes, it can be a problem with some pages that are printed very close to the spine. I keep an eye out for those and handle them separately. That's usually only an issue for paperbacks from the 50's and earlier.
Newer models are available.
For the volume I am doing, professional grade equipment is a must. I also paid around $300 for a used pro stack slicer. Trying to cut the spine off with anything less is just impractical.
Any experience with this and/or observations on durability?
The real problem is dirt gets behind the glass window and makes streaks on the scan. It's all sealed up and I can't figure out how to get behind it and clean it.
The other thing is, you can often find lightly used models on ebay that are cheap because they are missing things like the tray, hopper, and power brick. Just get one of those, and move over your other parts to it, and you've essentially got a new one ready to rock.
My book search solution is to upload a list of ISBNs to google books and do "search within my library". It doesn't have full coverage, but is better than nothing.
However, doing some more research, it seems that for certain items they can return it:
Q. Are books ever returned?
A. First of all, please understand that we do NOT return
any books after they are scanned. The books are recycled
after they are cut and this is part of our operation
The exceptions for returns are for photos, material you
wrote yourself, material you own the copyright to and
only a few more. If one of these exceptions or a similar
exception applies to your order and you want the items
returned, then please purchase a return option($5) at the
time of your order.
These guys (no affiliation) offer scanning services using the 2400: http://www.merrittgraphics.com/services/scanning/bookscan.ph...
That is what we currently ship our kits with at http://diybookscanner.eu .