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Need help scanning books

Akshaya Choudhary
 

Hello guys!
I had a Lex scanner, which broke recently. It is a specialized scanner for scanning books and documents for blind people. It's basically a camera on a inverted 'L' shaped stand, looks like a table lamp.

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? --
Regards,
Sociohack

Gene
 

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.
 
Gene

Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 8:44 AM
Subject: [nvda] Need help scanning books

Hello guys!
I had a Lex scanner, which broke recently. It is a specialized scanner for scanning books and documents for blind people. It's basically a camera on a inverted 'L' shaped stand, looks like a table lamp.

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? --
Regards,
Sociohack

molly the blind tech lover <brainardmolly@...>
 

Hi.

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.

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:29 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Need help scanning books

 

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.

 

Gene

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 8:44 AM

Subject: [nvda] Need help scanning books

 

Hello guys!
I had a Lex scanner, which broke recently. It is a specialized scanner for scanning books and documents for blind people. It's basically a camera on a inverted 'L' shaped stand, looks like a table lamp.

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? --
Regards,
Sociohack

Brian K. Lingard
 

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: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of molly the blind tech lover
Sent: January 9, 2019 10:43 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Need help  scanning books

 

Hi.

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.

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:29 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Need help scanning books

 

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.

 

Gene

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 8:44 AM

Subject: [nvda] Need help scanning books

 

Hello guys!
I had a Lex scanner, which broke recently. It is a specialized scanner for scanning books and documents for blind people. It's basically a camera on a inverted 'L' shaped stand, looks like a table lamp.

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? --
Regards,
Sociohack

Akshaya Choudhary
 

hello Gene,

Kurzweil seems a bit expensive for me. However, Epson Perfection series is n the right rice range. Can it be reliably used for scanning books?

And, what other flatbed scanners specific for scanning books you were talking about? Can you provide some names?
--
Regards,
Sociohack

Mohib Anwar Rafay
 

I have used couple of flatbed scanners in past. My experience with HP
and Cannon has not been so good, but I am enjoying my Fujitsu flatbed
cum automatic document feader scanner, which is quite fast and clear.

On 1/10/19, Sociohack AC <@Akshaya> wrote:
hello Gene,

Kurzweil seems a bit expensive for me. However, Epson Perfection series is n
the right rice range. Can it be reliably used for scanning books?

And, what other flatbed scanners specific for scanning books you were
talking about? Can you provide some names?
--
Regards,
Sociohack




--
Mohib Anwar Rafay

Phone: +919 555 555 765

Gene
 

There is no Kurzweil scanner.  Kurzweil sells OCr programs. 
 
As I said, if you don't care if the binding of books is bent, Epson scans well. 
 
I assume you are already using an OCR program.

Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:03 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Need help scanning books

hello Gene,

Kurzweil seems a bit expensive for me. However, Epson Perfection series is n the right rice range. Can it be reliably used for scanning books?

And, what other flatbed scanners specific for scanning books you were talking about? Can you provide some names?
--
Regards,
Sociohack

Gene
 

I should say that I haven't looked into scanners for years.  Last I knew and from comments I saw on a list perhaps a year or two ago, Epson is still well thought of among blind users of OCR.
 
Gene

Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:03 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Need help scanning books

hello Gene,

Kurzweil seems a bit expensive for me. However, Epson Perfection series is n the right rice range. Can it be reliably used for scanning books?

And, what other flatbed scanners specific for scanning books you were talking about? Can you provide some names?
--
Regards,
Sociohack

Giles Turnbull
 

Funding for assistive tech for my MA course in creative writing recommended me a Plustek OpticBook 3800 scanner with OpenBook scanning software. I'm afraid to say I haven't tried it yet becuase there isn't anywehre, other than on the floor, for me to put it! I did research it before I agreed to accept it and it seemed quite popular among blind tech stores. It is a flatbed that I think is designed for scanning books without bending spines.

Might be one to investigate. I think it cost about £150 for the scanner.

Giles

Brian K. Lingard
 

Dear Socio Hack & List:

 

If you wish to scan many bound books, a flatbed Book Edge scanner will make the job easier and help you scan closer to the boo’s spine.

 

I believe ‘Book Edge Scanners last better than cheaper ones.

 

However, we all have a budget to live within, even our favorite Uncle, Sam.

Brian K. Lingard

 

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: January 10, 2019 9:31 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] need help scanning books

 

There is no Kurzweil scanner.  Kurzweil sells OCR programs. 

 

As I said, if you don't care if the binding of books is bent, Epson scans well. 

 

I assume you are already using an OCR program.

Gene

----- Original Message -----

From: the h

Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:03 AM

Subject: Re: [nvda] need help scanning books

 

Hello Gene,

Kurzweil seems a bit expensive for me. However, Epson Perfection series is in the right price range. Can it be reliably used for scanning books?

In addition, what other flatbed scanners specific for scanning books you were talking about? Can you provide some names?
-- Regards, Sociohack

Akshaya Choudhary
 

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 06:24 AM, Mohib Anwar Rafay wrote:
Fujitsu flatbed
cum automatic document feader scanner,
Mohib Anwar Rafay, how much did your scanner cost?
 
--
Regards,
Sociohack