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Old 10-18-2006, 05:10 AM   #1
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Microsoft joins Cornell U in mass book-scanning project

The Financial Times reports that Microsoft has joined Cornell University in their efforts to digitize the school's scholarly collections. Starting early next year, the books will become gradually available to the general public through Live Book Search with access restrictions to copyright-protected books.

Microsoft will use the book scanning technology from Kirtas Technology. Kirtas' APT Bookscan 2400 is a $100,000+ automatic book scanner which zips along at 2,400 pages per hour. Best of all, its automatic page turning process SureTurn is reportedly gentler than a human hand.

And for those who wonder... the name Kirtas is an anagram for "at risk", implying the risk of cultural heritage because of paper deterioration.
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Old 10-18-2006, 07:53 AM   #2
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Here is a demo how Bookscan works.

It seems they are using two Canon 1Ds Mark II cameras to "scan" pages.
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Does this mean that Microsoft will join the e-book market, like they joined music with the Zune ?
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:29 AM   #4
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:20 PM   #5
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If Microsoft smells money, then let them be our truffle hunting dogs to ebook gathering. I feel a good harvest about to happen!
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And I for an expensive reader (Irex?)

Nah! I'm not the beta type!
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The Kirtas machine is simply incredible. We have one in our Library. It does take many Terabytes of storage to save the scans, though.
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