Space on my bookshelf is limited to books of importance to me, books that I reference often, and a few special books like first editions. Still, I have boxes and boxes of books that could be more useful if they were on my PC or tablet. While I would be happy to subscribe to a Netflix Instant Streaming-type service for books, I don’t think we will see a service like that in the next few years (Google books anyone?). So in addition to donating most of my books that I will never read again, I want to fair-use digitize a few books in my book library that I will continue to use. My approach, however, will result in destruction of the book binding. My nicer books will be spared from this fate though freed-up shelf space. Here’s the first approach I’m taking…
- A box cutter or industrial stack cutter. Alternatively, print shops have hydraulic paper cutters than can make quick work of your books. Supposedly, an electric planer will work, and I will try this as well. In the US, Harbor Freight Tools sells an inexpensive planer.
- A sheet-fed scanner that scans 2-sides of each page. Fujitsu makes the ScanSnap S1500 series for both Windows and Mac
- Post-Processing Software: There are a few options for this. Scan Tailor is a favorite of the DIY Book Scanner crew. Someone has been kind enough to package it for Mac OS X
Here are two neat videos that show how to scan books
Non-Destructive Book Scanners
ion book saver – a consumer, non-destructive consumer book scanning solution.
Things to do with books you no longer will read