From Print to Ebook : The Digitisation Process

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Do you remember the vinyl records, how awful, large and awkward were and how difficult was to find a proper storage or later the CDs and even the DVDs?  The latter are still being used by some oldies (40+) though!

I’m sure, we all remember with nostalgia all the music gadgets of the past and at the same time, we feel a relief having all our music, movies and books stored in one place.

Of course , for many people the print books are a norm and they don’t want even to think about this monster who eats  and converts them to digital. They still hang on them like fetish, being  unable to admit that the print books belong to the past.

Any way, it’s matter of time to realise it. All the big libraries are using  state of the art  technology in order to convert their print collection into digital one. For the simple reason,  it is more convenient and cost-effective. Although, some time soon they have to come to terms with the copyright issues. The Copyright law is still pending!

If you have one of those print books –  in my case ” Johnny and Me”-and you want to keep it as memorabilia without destroying the bound copy.

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This scanner can do the job, but you have to do the scanning manually page by page.

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This state of the art scanner – quite similar to Gutenberg’s invention – is used by all the Digital Centres, Libraries for the digitisation process.

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The print book  is placed in the middle and a huge divider – a robot like – is moving up and down, turning the pages and at the same time scanning them.

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On the PC screen, you can see the quality of the scanned page and adjust properly with the help of a software. The next step is to convert the text , usually and  most convenient,   into Epub file and  insert all the information about the book (metadata) in order to be  archived and searchable on the  internet…

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In one hour, a whole book of 300 pages can be scanned and stored in digital form in the PC.

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After the above process, which can take no more than one day for in-house use and around 2 weeks to upload on iTunes, you can store your Ebook in your virtual library on the screen of your iPhone and start developing your personal library on your mobile.  Easy peasy lemon squizzy! No need for bookcases, no need for bigger space in the house, no dust and ready to open and read it at your convenience.

But unfortunately until finishing this post something else came up on the news! And the above “state of the art scanner”  looks now so out of date!!

This is the ultimate fun scanner for now ! I don’t know for tomorrow….

Touchscreen interface for seamless data transfer between the real and virtual worlds #DigInfo

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