linux book scanner

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by Guest, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I'm looking to scan a reasonable number (100's) of books (legally).
    I've got an opticbookplus scanner, but it's slow and very hard on the books.

    So I bought an old plenary/overhead camera book scanner. After a bunch
    of diagnostic bills, turns out I was sold a dud :). And new book
    scanners are in the 10's of thousands.

    I'm thinking I'd like to build a homejob book scanner. This seems like
    it should be easily doable using an off the shelf digital camera or two.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how this could be done? Assuming I
    can mount a camera on an overhead rack of some sort (I could probably
    use that dud overhead scanner I bought :) ). Specifically, are there
    any lower/mid cost cameras that would work well, and is there any
    software that will allow me to control the camera from the keyboard. If
    the software is linux, even better. So I hit the mouse, it snaps the
    pages, I flip the page, hit the mouse, it snaps the next page. Mere
    moments later I'm done the whole book :).

    I've started doing some research but the options are a bit overwhelming
    as to where to even get started. So some gentle prods in the right
    direction would be much appreciated.
    Guest, Nov 25, 2008
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    Ofnuts Guest

    Given the size (and speed in the appropriate reader) of SDHC cards those
    days, you can scan a whole book on one card so I wouldn't make working
    tethered a priority, if you can have a remote control and manual
    settings. You may find useful to remove lens distortions and aberrations
    by post-processing, which mean that the lens (or camera) should be known
    to the appropriate software. A camera which takes external power may be
    easier to use in long photo sessions.
    Ofnuts, Nov 26, 2008
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