my name is Joaquin and I'm from Asturias*, Spain, but I live in Stoke-on-Trent, England, at the moment. I don't like to give people a hard time with foreign names, so I let everybody call me Jack (in fact, I like that name more than Joaquin). I finished a degree in maths from UC Berkeley a few years back, but I never made any use of it. I hate wearing long trousers, so I ended up getting a job with Royal Mail, a company that lets me get away with it. Another thing I hate is big, heavy books, especially in my backpack (where, ideally, I would like all my possessions to fit), and this is how I got curious about this book-scanning project. Even back in uni I used to avoid courses for which big textbooks were required. I'm not a very sentimental person, so I think I'll end up ScanSnapping all my books (with the possible exception of "The Best of James Herriot"), but I've found it very interesting to read about many of the good ideas and the work of the members of this forum. I have some modest C++ and mathematics skills, and I think this is the only way I might be able to contribute. If Tulon or Rob have some homework for me, for example something quite mathematical or that would be too tedious for them, I could have a go. I obviously can't promise anything, and I could only start work only after Christmas. This is that time of the year for us postmen, and I won't be having too much spare time in the next couple of months.
The current situation with ebooks reminds me of mp3's in the late '90s. We had the files, but we didn't have the hardware to go with it. Getting the ebook files seems a bit more complicated than ripping CDs, but it seems you people are doing a good job of trying to sort it out. Decent hardware for ebooks is only starting to be available now, but there'll be improvements very soon--Plastic Logic, Pixel Qi tablet, DMFC batteries... Your library in your backpack; I think it's all very exciting.
* I believe there's another Asturian in this forum, right? Pasa, tronco!! Soy de Castropol, y tu?