Digitise A Book Using A Circular Saw

If you've ever wondered how to digitize your book collection, this how to video from YouTube user Carl Youngblood shows how he scanned in one technical book on LaTeX.

Of course, using his method involves cutting off the spine with a circular saw and then scanning it in with a Fujitsu ScanSnap, effectively destroying your book.

If you want to scan in a book without the use of power tools, you might also want to check out scanning it in by creating a frame and using an old digital camera. A third (and the most expensive option) is to create your own DIY book scanner. The design is completely GPLed and the plans are available to cut your own parts, along with assembly instructions.

Any way you slice it, digitising a book will take some time and work but is worth it if you want to make it available on your iPad, Kindle or other digital book reader.


    I realise that he is cutting up text books, but I have a real problem with this destructive method of copying books. Not only is the book effectively destroyed, but the knowledge within can no longer be used by people who can't afford fancy E-Book devices.. :[

      ^ It could still be used if its holepunched after being cut and then put into a folder

      I showed the Librarian at Uni this clip; She is recovering well at Knox Private. Visiting hours are between 2-4pm.

      "the knowledge within can no longer be used by people who can’t afford fancy E-Book devices.. :["

      I don't mean to be a troll, but that is utterly ridiculous. The electronic version of the textbook can be distributed to a limitless amount of poor people, instead of tied up in an expensive singular hardcopy, and it's possible to open a pdf on any computer, including free library options, or even many phones these days- not just fancy E-book devices.

        Firstly, the legality of distributing any book which has been copied is questionable, and the reality of the person who does this actually distributing the work to any body, is verging on silly.. :[

    Whilst it would be ironic for a book on LaTeX to not be available electronically, it isn't true. Even Amazon has it available for the Kindle.

    Is it just me that thinks it ironic that a book on LaTeX is scanned into a PDF? :)

    Hi guys..

    Anyone have any recommendations for a good scanner with which to scan multiple docs in this way.

    Low budget alternatives please :D

    The circular saw method can be a bit hit and miss. Local photocopy shops usually have an electric paper guillotine and will cut a binding off for about $1 per book.

    Wow thanks for the read

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