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Old 09-10-2011, 05:57 AM   #1
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Scanning a Hardcover

I have a hardcover yearbook that is printed almost rimless. If I try to put it on my simple flat bed scanner, it will not work.

Is there some way, destructive would be okay too, to scan this book easily?
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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Use a digital camera instead.
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:59 AM   #3
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The problem is that it is pretty hard to open the book in 90°. Would it be easy to cut it apart with house hold items?
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If you don't mind destroying it, the easy way is to cut off the spine using a metal rule and a sharp knife.

Otherwise, people have built rigs to make photographing pages easy. http://www.diybookscanner.org/ seems to be the right place to look.

And this wiki page seems to have all the info you'd need to build your own non-destructive book scanner.

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I just did this with a book of mine. My technique was fairly caveman-ish, but it did the job. I took a box cutter and cut off the spine, then scanned the loose pages. I used the OCR component of Acrobat Professional, then copied and pasted into Word. I'm sure there are better ways to do this, but these were the tools I had at hand. In the end, it worked.
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