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The DIY Book Scanner Wiki

This wiki is a space to aggregate all the information and experience that is currently stored in various posts in the forums. The idea is to bring that information together into an easier to access form so that anyone who wants to learn how to build and operate their own book scanner and process the results into an ebook will be able to do so.

Please register if you wish to contribute, and feel free to add whatever you like, including a page in the Gallery describing your own scanner build. Add information that is clear, understandable, accurate, and unbiased… and help us to build a reference tool we can be proud of.

Please have a look at the introduction page for a more detailed description of Daniel's model 1 scanner.

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An Overview of Bookscanning

See Project Stages.

The first task is to build a scanner, working either from a blueprint, basing it off of something in the Gallery, or starting from scratch. This may be as simple as a tripod and a piece of glass, or as complicated as a precision aluminum build. Many people experiment with whatever materials are available and learn the whole process before committing to a serious build. In the end, though, a better build means easier, quicker, and higher quality scans.

Once you have something set up, you can use a digital camera to record an image of each page, use post-processing software to clean up the images, perhaps collect OCR and other metadata, and finally bundle it all into your preferred file format. As you scan more books you become more familiar with the software you're using, and you begin to develop a streamlined work flow.

Dive In

One way to start is by exploring the Tutorial Section or by exploring our other top-level tags: the Gallery, Hardware, and Software.

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