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There is a project to put an Open Source Book Scanner into every hackerspace. This page is to collect thoughts on costings and fundings for that at the Hacklab.
Personally I (Gareth) believe this could be just as important community resource as the laser cutter and any future 3D printer we procure.
TL;DR – Point a camera at a book and take pictures of each page. You might build a special rig to do it. Process those pictures with our free programs. Enjoy reading on the device of your choice.
Based on the pre-cut kit and a couple of second-hand Canon Powershots, I think we can pull together a build with £500 of pledges.
Random stuff we can probably scrounge up:
The landing topic for the build is here:
OSH2011 talk here: http://vimeo.com/29184137
Kits without cameras and controllers available for the EU here €549 (£435 on today's rate): http://diybookscanner.eu/home.html