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Old 12-11-2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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DIY Book Scanner article in Wired

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/12/diy-book-scanner


This poses some interesting questions.


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But not so individual users who already own the book, says Samuelson. If you scan a book that you have already purchased, it is “fine, and fair use,” she says. “Personal-use copying should be deemed to be fair, unless there is a demonstrable showing of harm to the market for the copyright at work,” says Samuelson.


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great link, thanks!

I realize Google must spend thousands on their scanners, but some of the output on their books is just terrible-i don't see how anyone could get a decent OCR off some of those pages.
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It has been posted before but it was quite a while ago. I have been thinking of making one for the hell of it but never got around to it
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great link, thanks!

I realize Google must spend thousands on their scanners, but some of the output on their books is just terrible-i don't see how anyone could get a decent OCR off some of those pages.

Yeah it can be hard to get a good OCR of a book. Distributed Proofreaders shows very well how hard it can be to get a book converted over to electronic format. Some of those pages are in bad shape when they are scanned especially the old microfiche.


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