Since my original post went lost cause of the hacking I better post something similar again.
Hi, my name is Jakob and I’m from Denmark, living in the town of Randers.
I’ve been photo copying books since the mid 1990’s and flat bed scanning a little (mainly short articles) since the 2000’s. I have a BA in history and for some years studied to take a MA degree in the same subject but never managed to complete my master thesis (not an uncommon problem here). During my study years (started in 1997) I copied quite a lot of books and also got a large number of articles from periodicals as copies since the university library (also the State Library) offerede free photocopies of them. You just placed your order and picked up the copies two days later.
After giving up on the studies I worked for a few years and put in to many hours to really have much time for reading. Currently unemployed for some time I however have more time and realised that I now still can get free copies of articles but now in the form of scans (low quality though). Most of the time much better than having a bunch of papers and I can always print them if I need a paper version.
Not long ago I needed to make a copy of a chapter in a book from the library but I didn’t want to go through the slow process of flat bed scanning and at the same time the prices of photo copies on the library are quite high and by the letter of the law here that was my only option since it’s not allowed to copy copyrighted material at copy shops, even though it’s perfectly legal for me to make the copy.
So I found myself taking pictures of the chapter with the book in the window for lighting. And realising that this was something that could really work great for making copies in general if I worked a little on it. Thanks to Google I soon found myself here.
At the moment I’m at the early stages of thinking about building a book scanner but I figured I better sign up so I could interact with other builders and perhaps sometime give my input. My plans so far is to build something like the DIY Kit but I need to modify it a bit since I have some books for scanning that are a little to large (1-2 cm) and using a CNC is pretty much ouf of the question for me.
Final disclamer: I understand written and spoken english/american english quite well but I suck at writing it. Consider me a dyslexic and ask me to rephrase if you can’t understand what I write. And most of the time I’ll be using the metric system rather than imperial units - you’re the one with the weird system, you do the converting