rob wrote:, run it through a ScanSnap, run that through OCR, and I'm done.
Of course, now that I read what I just wrote, I sound pretty damn cheap!
StevePoling wrote:...This makes me think that DIY book scans are like cassette tapes were in the 1970s. I recorded songs off the air for free, or dubbed it off an LP, but the quality on the hand-lettered cassette just sucked. I figure someone could make a modest sum taking Gutenberg texts and cleaning them up, making them pretty, and then selling the product for a few bucks. A price low enough that folks with a job won't fuss with pirating it. As sales drop off, you drop the price toward zero. Do this just raise the quality of what's out there.
Does anybody think this is worth bothering about?
mutantstrain wrote:I just got a Scansnap from amazon, and promptly returned it. On a test book ... it was within minutes ... smearing pages and collecting dust. $440? no thanks. Low volume, letters, contracts... ? Sure. High page number books ? No way.
mutantstrain wrote:IMHO there will be *ZERO* comparison between a mechanical single line camera and a full size camera. Personally I see no future for the line scanner tech. Its just frought with too many problems that will not be overcome easily. A point and shoot on the other hand is just soo much simpler to deal with. The reason is, is that the single line scanner needs mechanical movement to scan the page. The movement has to be uniform across the page and at a constant rate. If *any* dust get introduced into the system, the flow breaks down. Its not that it doesn't work ... its just not what *I* want for my ebooks.
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