You may remember that a few months ago I did a how to make a $20 book scanner post.
What I did not know then, but I do now thanks to awesome DocumentSnap reader Luke from Australia, is that there is a whole vibrant community around building and using DIY book scanners.
The main site is diybookscanner.org, which has pictures of members’ projects.
In the forum there are discussions about building your own book scanner, but also a bunch of helpful threads on free/open source OCR software, iPhones, camera settings, etc.
I will probably be doing a post on this software alone someday, but it appears that most of the DIY types are using a free application called Scan Tailor (for latest updates about Scan Tailor, check out the section in the DIY Forum).
There is a Windows build of Scan Tailor on the Sourceforge site, along with instructions on building it yourself for Linux or OSX. (Update: there is a Mac build you can download in the forum thread).
It looks pretty fantastic if you want to be serious about scanning in your books.
I love these open source/hacker-y communities. If you have any interest in book scanning, I definitely recommend DIY Book Scanner out.
(Photo by adampadsadam)