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Jul. 30th, 2003

01:53 am - Create Your Own Digital Library

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From:mindwalker
Date:July 29th, 2003 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I don't really understand how you would use a copy stand to accomplish the task of digitally photographing your books. Why would you need to use one, and how would it make the task any easier? Nor do I understand your alternative. Perhaps I'm missing something here. Why would you want to digitally photograph them rather than using a scanner? Wouldn't you still have to manually flip to every page using any of these methods?

BTW, I love books, too, and usually prefer the real thing rather than digital copies, but I also would like to have digital copies of my books available. What I'd really like is to be able to access them via a 100%-waterproof, extremely lightweight PDA (so that I could take them in a bathtub for instance, and even have part of it underwater) or better yet, projected directly onto my retina.
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From:crasch
Date:July 29th, 2003 11:38 pm (UTC)
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It would make it easier to make uniform images of the pages, if the camera were at the same height each time the picture were taken, which is difficult to do without a stand. Yes, I would still have to manually flip the pages, but I imagine it would be significantly easier (and possibly less damaging to the books) if they were face up (with a scanner, I would have to lift the book, turn the page, then flip it over and press it back down on the scanner vs. simply turning the page with a copy stand.)

My setup would have the advantage over the portable copy stands of having a larger flat area (no copy stand base to get in the way), and the tripod/arm combination could be used for other things in addition to being a copy stand.

Below is an crude ascii picture of what I have in mind. The tripod is on the left. The arm extends out at 90 degrees, with a camera mounted on a 360 degree ball joint at the end.

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