|07-06-2009, 05:36 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: South of the Border
What scanner do you use, recommendations
I'm looking to buy a scanner that will do multi page scanning. Preferrably this will be inexpensive (nothing in the £1000+ mark or anywhere near thanks) and I'm not too bothered whether it comes as part of a printer or as an add on. What I'm looking to do is scan in my old pBooks (the ones that don't look like they reach the market soonish) and I'll be ripping up my pbooks in the process.
I've been scanning my pbooks so far with the scanner integrated into a crappy HP PSC 1300 all-in-one printer. But this is laborious and can often go wrong, meaning I have to rescan pages, hence the new scanner needed.
Do you scan in your pbooks? Do you have any recommendations? I'd love to know your experiences.
|07-06-2009, 06:33 PM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
I've been considering whether to get a used Canon DR-2050 from ebay. I've worked with Canon drum scanners in the past and really liked them, and I want something fairly portable.
I already have a small flatbed scanner--a Canon LiDE (they're up to 80 now; I think mine is a 30 or 60) that works great on book covers and pages that are too delicate to run through a feeder, but it's slow. It's about 1 minute/page for 300 dpi color, half a minute for 300 dpi black & white.
Right now, I usually scan pbooks on a Fujitsu 5750-C, at work, which as far as I can tell Fujitsu no longer makes (the new version is the 6770, which might be available for as little as $6000). I don't recommend acquiring one of those for personal scanning projects; I use it 'cos it's there at work and they don't mind as long as I don't get in the way of work projects.
|07-07-2009, 05:19 AM||#3|
Still Easily Confused
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Hampshire/Berkshire/Surrey - yes I am that big
I have been out of it a fair while so not positive what the pricing is like but those and the low end Fujitsu scanners should be pretty good.
To get a feel for pricing I sometimes use www.tradescanners.com as they let you search by price and basic features. I have never purchased from them so cannot pass comment on their service etc.
Hope this helps
|07-07-2009, 08:42 AM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego
Device: Sony Reader 505 and 700 and Kindle 2
I have a Fujitsu ScanSnap 300. It is page fed and can scan both sides at once. You can only feed about 8-10 pages at a time, but you can continue to feed pages to the same pdf and merge pdfs. It cost in the neighborhood of $250 a year or so ago. Check out the reviews at Amazon.
|07-07-2009, 09:07 AM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2002
Device: Sony PRS-650 / Nexus 7 / Kindle PW
I needed a scanner that is both portable and easy to use. I decided for the Canon CanoScan LiDE 200, which works very well for me (and it's inexpensive).
I am not sure if it's sufficient for more heavy duty stuff, like regularly scanning pbooks, but it's worth a look.
|07-07-2009, 09:24 AM||#6|
Gentleman & Cynic
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: 5 generation native Texan
Device: BeBook/Openinkpot, CYbook 3rd gen awaiting RTF software upgrade
I use an opitscan 3600 for hardbacks and a cheap Cannon printer for paperbacks. I use IRIS 11 for OCR.
Remember, the time and real work is in the OCR clean-up.....
|07-07-2009, 10:36 AM||#7|
Retired & reading more!
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North Alabama, USA
Device: Kindle 1, iPad 4, iPhone 5
|07-07-2009, 01:32 PM||#8|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: The Frozen North (aka Illinois, USA)
Device: MS Surface Pro 1
I'm watching this thread with interest...I so need a better scanning setup. The first and only book scanning project I did I used our all in one HP. Used the built in OCR, and regretted it. For some reason the left side pages came out nearly perfect, and the right side pages were gobbledygook.
I was looking at the bkrpr setup (www.bkrpr.org) as maybe being a feasible solution. But it would involve a good OCR software.
I want something non destructive, so a flatbed scanner or a camera setup like bkrpr are about my only solutions that don't cost an arm, leg, and kidney.
|07-11-2009, 02:38 AM||#9|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: in the middle of nowhere
Device: PRS-350, Nexus S, Galaxy S, Nook Color, iPhone4, iPT4, iPad 2012
I was going for the S300 for its size but your post has given me pause. I doubt I'll be needing any of the OCR functions, but I need it to scan images in at least 300dpi to JPEG format. How well suited is the Fujitsu Scansnap and accompanying software for this type of application? At my old job, IrfanView + Xerox Documate worked pretty well for our office's batch scanning needs (don't think it's duplex, though). My problem is I don't have the space for a big scanner, otherwise, I'd have gone with the less destructive OptiBook. The Scanscap S300 looks like it might fit my needs, but the lack of TWAIN support means I'm going to be reliant on Fujitsu software. So, you guys think this might be a good choice?
Another question, what's the difference between the S300 and the S300 Deluxe Bundle? From what I've noticed, the bundle seems to have additional software that I likely won't need. Is that the only thing that's different?
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