I'm looking to scan a reasonable number (100's) of books (legally).\nI've got an opticbookplus scanner, but it's slow and very hard on the books.\n\nSo I bought an old plenary/overhead camera book scanner. After a bunch\nof diagnostic bills, turns out I was sold a dud :). And new book\nscanners are in the 10's of thousands.\n\nI'm thinking I'd like to build a homejob book scanner. This seems like\nit should be easily doable using an off the shelf digital camera or two.\n\nDoes anyone have any suggestions on how this could be done? Assuming I\ncan mount a camera on an overhead rack of some sort (I could probably\nuse that dud overhead scanner I bought :) ). Specifically, are there\nany lower/mid cost cameras that would work well, and is there any\nsoftware that will allow me to control the camera from the keyboard. If\nthe software is linux, even better. So I hit the mouse, it snaps the\npages, I flip the page, hit the mouse, it snaps the next page. Mere\nmoments later I'm done the whole book :).\n\nI've started doing some research but the options are a bit overwhelming\nas to where to even get started. So some gentle prods in the right\ndirection would be much appreciated.