daniel_reetz wrote:As for future runs, I will consider it, but only if they are pre-sold. I only made a few dollars on each one of these (by choice -- I only wanted to help people get their book scanners off the ground, quickly and cheaply). For it to be worthwhile, I'd like to have to visit the post office just once or twice, instead of ten times.
Dan, it looks like I just missed out.
But it also seems as if you've got something bigger in the works, selling full-blown kits. If all the structural parts to a 3rd (or 3.5th) generation scanner can be fabbed with the laser cutter, they'll lay flat and ship quite nicely. Add a ziplock bag of random hardware, wires, cables & electronics and sell all that to guys like me. I'm moving at a glacial pace because I know I'd get bogged down scaring up junk, cutting it to size, and solving the problems of making it work together, but I'd happily write a check for a kit I could assemble in a week of evenings in my basement.
The biggest capital outlay would be the lights and cameras, and you can sell the kits without them.
Also, I'm still sanguine about the legality of setting up book digitizers in schools, libraries, co-ops and such. I've talked to two lawyers about Fair Use of Copyrighted materials, the first was very encouraging but the other just shrugged.