goldbuyer59 wrote:Hello Everyone,
Get off the pot and give me something to look at and a price or at least a site where I can buy one from. Talk is cheap and equipment costs Gee I feel as though I'm in the empty idea's and promises room.
Your question is important, and I always try to be respectful here, so I am going to say this as nicely as I possibly can.
Empty promises? Those are some pretty harsh words. First off, this is Do It Yourself Book Scanner. We've had free software and free plans available to you, and to the entire world, since 2009. And every single day since this site has launched, people here have been actively developing and improving the entire system, free of charge to you. Where have you been? Over a thousand people all donated their work to the public good. From the goodness of their hearts and their willingness to share. Frankly they owe you nothing
. This is DIY. You can do it yourself. Everything you need is here.
About Doing It Yourself -- I practice what I preach. Personally, in the last six months, I have invested over $10,000 of my money, and countless hours - including six straight months of work in the San Francisco area - some of the hardest and worst months I've ever lived - developing a new scanner design that can be mass produced. I didn't do this because I think there's a lot of money in it. I don't think there is. I did it because SOMEONE needs to do it, and frankly, everyone else has done it wrong.
Building a book scanner is hard
. That is why the other projects failed
. They did it wrong. I never
speak badly of other projects, as a matter of policy, but the Booksaver/BookRPR designs both had serious design flaws that were not things you could solve in software. They failed because they pointed the cameras straight at the glass which requires colinear illumination and causes glare, and their camera supports caused shadows on the page. End of story.
Now you're upset because you can't buy anything. Well, I too am bothered by this situation
, but I'm not complaining. I am actively working on a design that anyone can reproduce if they are so motivated. Dozens of other people are contributing, too. And I'm working on selling kits. And I am 100% committed to doing it CORRECTLY
. The scanner we are currently developing
is the culmination of every great idea shared here. I will not release some half-assed thing that sucks. Sorry, I won't. It takes time to make nice things and to make them work well. And you know what? The moment you start selling things, people get a serious sense of entitlement. And it affects my legal representation. And my role here. And frankly, I'm concerned about how selling things will affect us as a community even as I move forward in selling a kit.
I've been working on this project for three straight years. I've traveled the world building and installing these things and giving speeches and hearing a million zillion super compelling truly awesome stories about what people are going to do with their book scanners. During a very dark time in my life, this community and that energy was all that kept me alive
. I know there's a need for it that is currently unaddressed. I've seen it firsthand. And I know not everyone can build a scanner. And I know that in a late-capitalist society like ours, selling something means a kind of power and legitimacy that we haven't enjoyed yet. So I can see that another level is launching this thing "commercially" - whatever that means. It's certainly not going to look like most "commercial" projects. But I'm also fine with taking the time there - another six months on my three years of solid work is, frankly, nothing. And about a million times more important to me than any money or sale is to do right by this community. These are their ideas, after all.
I've got skin in this game. You want a kit to come faster? Cut a copy and test it. Document the assembly. Help
. But cut the complaints. To be clear, there's no problem between us. You are most welcome here and I look forward to the day that I can sell you a kit. But I need you to see my perspective and understand why words like "empty promises" are not acceptable here.