Ancillary: DIY book scanning

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Late last year, Nora interviewed Gabriella Coleman about digital book piracy. One of the reasons Gabriella cited for the increase in book piracy was new software and hardware that makes the book scanning process much easier.

On a related note, our friends at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society are presenting a luncheon event called The Why in DIY Book Scanning with Daniel Reetz. Here's the blurb:

The DIY Book Scanner community (founded in June 2009) has produced a diverse ecosystem of book scanning hardware and software to address a wide range of human needs, both domestically and internationally. Daniel will motivate these efforts with case studies from the community, and hope to foster discussion on the future of digital books in light of these unmet needs.

Daniel Reetz recently developed a high-speed book scanning system using open source technology, cheap cameras, and garbage. This free and open scanner design won the Epilog Grand Challenge, has been featured in Wired, and is now being improved and instantiated by a group of over 300 DIY'ers who believe that the future of digital books is too important to be decided solely by corporate interests.

The event will be webcast live at 12:30 ET on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, and archived online shortly after.


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