Ion Audio Book Saver – a novel book scanner

This is one of those things that I wish I hadn’t missed at CES. The Book Saver is a new scanning rig from Ion Audio.  It has a novel design and a couple of rather interesting features. You’ll need to watch the demo video to really grasp how this thing works. I’d seen some articles on this gadget, but only today did I find the demo video. It’s not your traditional book scanner.

There’s no word yet on price or availability.

2 thoughts on “Ion Audio Book Saver – a novel book scanner

  1. Price is reported to be $149.

    One big question is whether the thing has OCR or not. It outputs the snaps in JPEG or PDF, which sounds to me like it doesn’t. Even *with* OCR, conversion to a reflowable e-book format is non-trivial, as anyone who’s tried to convert PDF to EPUB has learned. There is out-of-line text (headers, footers, captions, sidebars, etc.) on many pages, text can be in multiple columns, and even if you get past that, there’s no guaranteed way to reassemble the lines of text into words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages.

    Just yesterday I was on PGDP doing a proofing on an old book and neither the original P1 proofer nor I could tell whether a specific arcane word was hyphenated just to split lines or if it was intended to be a hyphenated word. You can’t fully automate this stuff, which is why the PGDP process is so danged cumbersome with so many correction and formatting passes by so many different people.

  2. I saw it a couple of years ago on a DIY site (maybe Make).
    It’s not hard to implement.
    For novels it will be easier to use.

    I wonder if I can try to make a smaller “paperback” edition…

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