A Candystore For DIY Book Scanning

A Candystore For DIY Book Scanning

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.

They have a blog with the latest news, but all the action happens in the DIY Book Scanner Forum.

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).

Scan Tailor Deskew

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)

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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