I am Shyamasundara in Bangalore, India.
I am a practitioner of Gaudiya Vaisnavism/Vedanta and student of Vedic astrology, astronomy and philosophy of divination. My first foray at digitization was in 1982 when I microfilmed my teacher’s personal library including rare astrological texts. Currently I have a digital library of about 5200 books/scholarly articles (JSTOR) in PDF and growing daily.
When I first came to India and was living in the ashrama I could carry all my possessions in one hand. That gradually snowballed to the point that when I was living in North Carolina just before moving back to India just for my books alone one and half rooms were required with 6 foot bookshelves stacked with books and magazines lining the walls. This made me a lot less mobile than I wanted to be. Back in 1995 I had the idea of digitizing my whole library and turn them into PDFs. I learned about scanning and used the destructible method to quickly scan books using a page feeder but I didn’t like the idea of cutting the books and then putting them back together with a spiral binding.
Here in Bangalore I got a PlusTek 3600 and hired a girl to scan books for me. This protects most books except those with weak bindings. After scanning I process with Acrobat 9 pro’s ClearScan which makes the book a pleasure to read in many cases also makes the file size smaller not to mention searchable. Then I have her make links from the TOC as well as bookmark the document for easy navigation.
I prefer PDF because of the ability to annotate, which I do a lot of—the book that hasn’t been written in hasn’t been read.
After the books are scanned I donate them to a gurukula (traditional school) library in Bengal. But even though she has scanned hundreds of books for me it is still not enough because the number of books still left to scan is large. (I just bought a whole library of Ayurvedic texts and plan to buy collections on other schools of Vedanta). My girl wore out the Plustek 3600 so I got the new 3800, but at a maximum rate of 100 pages/hour at 600 dpi this is way too slow as she can only reasonably scan 500-600 pages/day.
I was thinking of getting the Atiz but was put off by the cost of 700,000 rupees almost, US$13,000 (compared to 19,000 Rupees for the Plustek 3800). Then I came across this website and it got my attention.
I am not a builder but am putting together a team of persons who are engineers and fabricators who have made things before and who will build it for me once they get the tools needed and a design settled on. I will just pay for cost of materials. At this point I just need some help in choosing the appropriate design.
I have doubts about the current Standard DIY design http://diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtop ... =14&t=1192
because of the need to lift the book up. I have a girl doing the scanning and I want something she can handle with ease. Also since very few of the books in my collection are paperbacks there is no advantage to this design for me.
I will continue to look through the website for a design but would appreciate any advice received. I have to make choice by the end of the week as key members of my engineering team will be arriving and we need to finalize on the design so they can make things happen. I would prefer to get things right the first time. I am of course assuming that I can get all the parts required here in India, bearings may be a problem since no one uses roller blades in India.