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Jul. 30th, 2003

01:53 am - Create Your Own Digital Library

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Date:July 30th, 2003 12:27 am (UTC)

a book-photographing stand

Such a tool exists. I have seen it. I believe my high school art teacher had one. I believe the idea was to photograph flat things so that they could be reproduced. I would look in an art supply store.

Also, that would take a crapload of time. Furthermore, you could not legally sell the books after making digital copies. You only own one license to that particular intellectual property, so you'd have to keep or destroy the books.

Maybe a better idea is to donate them to a local library. Then you can borrow them almost whenever you want, but you don't have to store them. However, make sure the library has lots of space because sometimes they dispose of unwanted books too.

Yeah, if every publisher let us have a choice of print format or e-book, that would rock.
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Date:July 30th, 2003 12:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, it may take a crapload of time. That's why I don't particularly want to invest in a dedicated setup . If I try a couple and decide not to do it anymore, the tripod setup will still be useful for other things.

Local libraries don't have a lot of room, so they're pretty ruthless about throwing books out. Many of my books would probably be of interest to only a few people.
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