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Old 05-09-2013, 01:05 PM   #1
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scanned my first book...now what?

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ok so yesterday i scanned my first book with the brother ads2000. the whole process was a success that took me roughly two hours. most of that time was spent cutting the book and seperating the pages.

now, my concerns are:

The pdf, it is searchable because i ran it through ocr, still looks like scanned pages. i want to make it look like an ebook with a white background. what do i do?

secondly, i would like to reduce the file size without comprimising the quality of the scanned text.

and lastly, im a complete noob to this process so dont assume anything. please explain in detail what it is that im supposed to do.

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Search around, this question has been asked many, many times. In short, take the text from the OCR in the wordprocessor you want and fix all the OCR errors. Convert that to HTML and use that as base for your ebook.
Read up on your HTML/CSS skills.
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what kind of ocr errors am i looking for?
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what kind of ocr errors am i looking for?
Any / all.
Punctuation
Words not recognized correctly
Double letters such as ll
Formatting issues
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If the book had columns, or pictures inset into the page you want to particularly be watching for sentences which start in one column and end with the text from another. You will have to locate the missing chucks, probably later in the text and reunite them with the text by referring to your book or pdf.

Letter substitutions happen all the time. R becomes E, etc.

Footnotes which may be a good idea in a printed book are much less so in an epub...endnotes at the end of each chapter are better because they are quicker to reach in the same section. This may occasion renumbering as well as links to them and back from them.

Footnotes also, if they continue from one page to another in the same footnote, the second section can end up as nonsense text in the middle of the body of the text.

Even after you think you are done, save the thing and put it into your device and read it again, although probably you will be sick of it by then and you will find yet more errors.
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A decent spellchecker helps a lot in finding OCR errors. You still have to go over everything afterwards, but it helps to get rid of most of the errors easily first so that you don't become numb from a flood of them and start missing them as you read.
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As you indicated, your pdf has a text layer from the OCR. One of the more tedious things is getting the text into the word processor without all of the headers, page numbers, etc. that you would rather not have in your ebook. I've found that it is easier to just copy and paste page by page into the word processor. One tip is to hold down the ALT key while you select the text on each page so that you don't get the undesired bits of text.

If you use MS Word, there is a a clipboard feature that will collect up to 24 pieces of text for pasting into Word. So you don't have to keep flipping back and forth between the PDF reader and the word processor.

When you get the text into the WP, it will probably have hard line breaks. This means you have to look at the orginal scan and add an extra paragraph marker at the end of each paragraph. Then, search for double paragraph marks and replace by some placer characters like "~!". Next search for all paragraph markers and replace with spaces. Then search for your placer characters and replace with paragraph markers.

Then you are ready to start the corrections, add back italics, bold, etc. and format to your liking.

Hope this will help you get started. Good luck.
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If it has columns you might do better selecting one column at a time in the pdf reader program. That will keep the columns right. This is time consuming.

Be aware the purpose of creating the text layer is often only for indexing, not to provide the text. For this reason, it is not so trustworthy.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:08 AM   #10
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i think im going to have to use the copy and pasting feature.

im not sure i understand the rest...but i guess ill think about that after i do the copy and pasting...

thank you all for your suggestions. keep them coming!

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As you indicated, your pdf has a text layer from the OCR. One of the more tedious things is getting the text into the word processor without all of the headers, page numbers, etc. that you would rather not have in your ebook. I've found that it is easier to just copy and paste page by page into the word processor. One tip is to hold down the ALT key while you select the text on each page so that you don't get the undesired bits of text.

If you use MS Word, there is a a clipboard feature that will collect up to 24 pieces of text for pasting into Word. So you don't have to keep flipping back and forth between the PDF reader and the word processor.

When you get the text into the WP, it will probably have hard line breaks. This means you have to look at the orginal scan and add an extra paragraph marker at the end of each paragraph. Then, search for double paragraph marks and replace by some placer characters like "~!". Next search for all paragraph markers and replace with spaces. Then search for your placer characters and replace with paragraph markers.

Then you are ready to start the corrections, add back italics, bold, etc. and format to your liking.

Hope this will help you get started. Good luck.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:02 AM   #11
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What I mean by the rest is that the text layer which is put into some epubs is there only so they can be searchable and is done in a slapdash manner, since anything will do to make the file searchable. So it may be full of mistakes, missing sections, sections out of order. This is why generally if you have any choice, anything is better than a pdf as a source. But often you have no choice.

As has been pointed out before, you will have to proofread line by line to make sure that this has not happened. I have found this in the book I have working on now where an entire paragraph was jumbled...it was all there, but required 5-10 text moves to put it in order.
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The problem may be your OCR software. I bought ABBYY Fineware for about $100 and scanned a novel into Word 2000 in fairly large gulps, say 10-20 pages at a time. To the best of my recollection, Fineware simply ignored the headers, page numbers, etc.

The biggest problem I had was the combination UM in lowercase. I can't remember how Fineware translated it, but it had nothing to do with UM. Since the novel was about ski-bums, I finally had to do a search & replace to fix them all.
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The problem may be your OCR software. I bought ABBYY Fineware for about $100 and scanned a novel into Word 2000 in fairly large gulps, say 10-20 pages at a time. To the best of my recollection, Fineware simply ignored the headers, page numbers, etc.

The biggest problem I had was the combination UM in lowercase. I can't remember how Fineware translated it, but it had nothing to do with UM. Since the novel was about ski-bums, I finally had to do a search & replace to fix them all.

the thing is, when i copy and paste into word, everything gets pasted to the side, in short lines. i dont know if im explaining properly. i have to basically press backspace to fill up the line. its very tedious to do so for a whole novel. maybe theres a shortcut, i dont know. im a novice even when it comes to microsoft.
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You can use some intelligent S&R actions. You could also try my add-in, that might help you out.
Also, don't copy paste. Just save as docx from ABBYY (workable copy) and load that into Word.
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You can use some intelligent S&R actions. You could also try my add-in, that might help you out.
Also, don't copy paste. Just save as docx from ABBYY (workable copy) and load that into Word.
whats intelligent S&R actions?

and ill get abby today....and try it out...btw, which one should i get? there seem to be multiple abbyy products

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