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9/25/15 9:03 PM
3/12/10
Posts: 2829
Here's a step-by-step for the best method I've found over the years. The actual work you have to do for an average book is roughly 10-15 minutes.

Start by using an android cellphone or tablet with a good rear camera. Install Tina Time Lapse (free).

Put the camera on something about 1-1.5 feet off the ground, like a chair seat or center table, with the rear camera set off the edge, facing the floor. Or you can put a 16" box on top of a table and do it that way.

Sit on the floor and put your book on the floor and open it so you see both facing pages on your camera.

Put on a rubber page-flipping finger pad. Set your phone to not turn off. Set Tina Time Lapse to take a photo every 4 seconds.

Hit start, and just flip a page and flatten it down, watching the android screen to make sure it's lined up, every 4 seconds.

A 450-page book takes 15 minutes. Listen to a song or two. A shorter book will be done in 5. Now, all you do is let your computer convert it into an ebook.

Connect your camera to your PC, copy the photos if needed, and start up FineReader 12 (30-day free trial).

In FineReader, choose "File (PDF/Image)" and select the photos and adjust all the settings (language, b&w (faster) or color, "detect page orientation" and "split facing pages.").

Check back when it's done and you can then output it to PDF, Word, EPUB, etc. in FineReader or convert it to many other formats using Calibre (free). If the OCR (image-to-text) resulted in a lot of errors (bad camera), then using the PDF output is best. Then copy to your ebook device.
9/25/15 9:06 PM
12/17/10
Posts: 8445
MMA Translations - Here's a step-by-step for the best method I've found over the years. The actual work you have to do for an average book is roughly 10-15 minutes.

Start by using an android cellphone or tablet with a good rear camera. Install Tina Time Lapse (free).

Put the camera on something about 1-1.5 feet off the ground, like a chair seat or center table, with the rear camera set off the edge, facing the floor. Or you can put a 16" box on top of a table and do it that way.

Sit on the floor and put your book on the floor and open it so you see both facing pages on your camera.

Put on a rubber page-flipping finger pad. Set your phone to not turn off. Set Tina Time Lapse to take a photo every 4 seconds.

Hit start, and just flip a page and flatten it down, watching the android screen to make sure it's lined up, every 4 seconds.

A 450-page book takes 15 minutes. Listen to a song or two. A shorter book will be done in 5. Now, all you do is let your computer convert it into an ebook.

Connect your camera to your PC, copy the photos if needed, and start up FineReader 12 (30-day free trial).

In FineReader, choose "File (PDF/Image)" and select the photos and adjust all the settings (language, b&w (faster) or color, "detect page orientation" and "split facing pages.").

Check back when it's done and you can then output it to PDF, Word, EPUB, etc. in FineReader or convert it to many other formats using Calibre (free). If the OCR (image-to-text) resulted in a lot of errors (bad camera), then using the PDF output is best. Then copy to your ebook device.
Vtfu Phone Post 3.0
9/25/15 9:11 PM
12/5/10
Posts: 3410

Here is a tip for PDF storage if you have a Google account, 

Go to Google Books

 https://books.google.com/

Upload from your computer or import from Google Drive.

Keep up to 1,000 EPUB or PDF files in Google Play for free.

Files can be up to 100MB and you can read them in web browsers, on Android or iPhone. 

9/25/15 9:23 PM
3/12/10
Posts: 2830
^
cool tip!

reasons to use a phone/tablet, not a scanner:

1) modern cellphone cameras are better. my phone takes a 600dpi photo in an instant. my scanner takes 12 seconds to do a 300dpi scan.

2) with the phone method, you can position everything how you want and find a really relaxed position to flip pages from. scanner = back/neck-ache.

3) A flatbed scanner is way slower and you have to crush the book against the glass to get it to read the words near the spine.

4) A sheet-fed scanner only works with certain paper sizes, and you have to go to Kinko's to destroy the book and get the spine cut off (doing it yourself results in glue and rough edges that clog the scanner). Then you still have to worry about stuck pages and double-sided scanning and collation.
9/25/15 10:01 PM
8/22/11
Posts: 1695
Very cool info, but can I save it in a .WFA format?

Sorry. Phone Post 3.0
9/25/15 10:04 PM
3/12/10
Posts: 2831
oops :p
9/25/15 10:09 PM
12/11/05
Posts: 1991
One of the best WFAs ever imho.
9/25/15 10:11 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 13368
relevant to my interests
9/26/15 7:37 PM
3/12/10
Posts: 2833
could a mod move this to the OG? thx
9/26/15 8:05 PM
2/15/06
Posts: 7575
Cool info. Thank you. VU!
9/26/15 9:08 PM
4/1/11
Posts: 5935

sub

9/27/15 12:24 PM
2/15/06
Posts: 7590
Please consider moving this thread to the OG also. A lot of people over there would really appreciate this.
9/27/15 12:43 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 30236
would be easier just to read the book.
9/27/15 1:09 PM
2/15/06
Posts: 7591
RKing85 - would be easier just to read the book.

Some things you may want to keep for reference. Digitizing it makes it easy to keep with you.