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Old 02-03-2015, 01:15 PM   #1
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Kindle Convert: Amazon's Payware Ebook Scanning and Creation Software

Has anyone checked out Kindle Convert? The software claims to allow users to scan personal documents and books to create non-commercial, but fully-compliant kindle ebooks. The software also includes OCR capability.

Several sites have reported on this:

Engadget


Good E-Reader

Liliputing

It retails at $49.00 but is currently on sale for $19.00. Is anyone interested in this? Has anyone tried it out?

UPDATE: Apparently this is only available for US users. Sorry rest of humanity.

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Old 02-03-2015, 04:59 PM   #2
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Sounds like Yet Another OCR software chained together with the already free kindlegen and send-to-kindle services... what does this do that ABBYY Finereader doesn't do?

And I wonder how Amazon can sell a good OCR software for about a tenth of the price... unless it doesn't really compare. .

You could always use stuff powered by the open source tesseract OCR engine, of course. If you are spending money on OCR, though, you'd probably want to go straight to the top.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:00 PM   #3
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Sounds like Yet Another OCR software chained together with the already free kindlegen and send-to-kindle services... what does this do that ABBYY Finereader doesn't do?

And I wonder how Amazon can sell a good OCR software for about a tenth of the price... unless it doesn't really compare. .

You could always use stuff powered by the open source tesseract OCR engine, of course. If you are spending money on OCR, though, you'd probably want to go straight to the top.
I cannot find any reference to OCR in the description from Amazon. It scans pages and makes a book out of images for your personal use. There is no OCR. This would be an example a AZW4 format.

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Kindle Convert books and documents enjoy many of the same features you love about Kindle books including adjustable text size, worry-free storage in the Amazon cloud, Whispersync of last page read, highlights and notes, and a built-in dictionary to lookup the definition of any word. Kindle Convert preserves all the things that make your books and documents unique, such as hand-written notes, autographs, photos and images. Kindle Convert books maintain the look and feel you love about your print books.
That all implies text, not images...
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It already has some reviews, the top review is protesting that the quality of the OCR is severely lacking and to use Finereader instead.

Why am I not surprised?
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That all implies text, not images...
well handwritten notes implies images and preserving the look of the page. Highlights are also preserved if it were images. The must be an image and and searchable text behind the scene. PDF often does this also. Makes reading ok but searching depends on OCR. If you look at the examples on the page they look like images to me as they include hand written autographs.

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The format sounds like it could be some kind of revival of Topaz, which IIRC, does all the stuff described.
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Adjustable text size -- can AZW4 actually do that? It does sound like they are claiming the results will be reflowable -- which precludes the use of images.
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Adjustable text size -- can AZW4 actually do that? It does sound like they are claiming the results will be reflowable -- which precludes the use of images.
Yea, I looked at the workflow images and the third one talks about topics that OCR would do. It looks, from the workflow, that they have a mix of images and text and assign text to a box within the page or to full page. I am not sure how this reflow would work without ruining the look of the page. It seems they make a lot of claims and all cannot all be right but it does seem OCR is involved on at least some of the pages.

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The format sounds like it could be some kind of revival of Topaz, which IIRC, does all the stuff described.
I think you have hit on it. It does look like a resurrection of Topaz.

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I think you have hit on it. It does look like a resurrection of Topaz.

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