Re: Need help scanning books
Brian K. Lingard
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Dear Molly & List:
Kurzweil KK-1000 is still a current product. Version 14 is curr3ent.
Kurzweil flags doubtful characters with an at-sign by default. It is wise to turn this off or all you hear is every character on your page with an at-sign flag.
Have used both Open Book v 9 and Kurzweil v 114. They are roughly comparable as to accuracy & features.
Use the scanner program you know best. You will be more accustomed to its features.
Brian K. Lingard
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of molly the blind tech lover
Sent: January 9, 2019 10:43 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Need help scanning books
I used to use something called kurzweil 1000. I scanned documents and then the computer would read them to me. I had a giant scanner. I guess it was the kurzweil 1000.
There are flatbed scanners designed specifically for scanning books, called book scanners. I'm not sure how much they cost but they won't damage the spine of the book. You can use a flatbed scanner to scan books, whidch isn't a book scanner and it will work well if it’s a reasonable quality one and those are much cheaper. But you will damage the spines of books, they will become slanted and you may get less money when reselling books. I haven't looked at scanner brands and models for a long time so I won't say much about that. Epson was and I think still is, a popular scanner among blind people. The models blind people bought were in the Perfection series, thus Epson Perfection and then whatever specific scanner you want in that line.
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Now, since I scan books and documents often for my school work, I need something else. Can't afford the same scanner, it's reasonably costly. Can you guys suggest something? some affordable scanner? Or alternate ways of scanning books?
Would a flat bed scanner work? Has anybody used those? --