Looks like this doesn\'t so much as convert the books as simply photograph them. If that\'s the case, the file sizes will probably be huge compared with actual ebooks. I also question the lighting uniformity of the flash. They\'re trading off quality for speed. I think I\'d rather have the Plustek Book Scanner. Slower, sure, but the image is higher quality and can be run through OCR to create a more compact image and text PDF.
10th January, 2011 @ 5:06 p.m. (California Time)
@Gadgeteer. I\'m not sure that that is the case. From the product overview:
CONVERT TO MULTIPLE FILE FORMATS FOR USE ANYWHERE
I\'ve already asked for clarification.
10th January, 2011 @ 6:37 p.m. (California Time)
Wonder if the company producing it saw the \"DIY-High-Speed-Book-Scanner-from-Trash-and-Cheap-C\" (google it) web page. The product resembles what it describes.
10th January, 2011 @ 8:47 p.m. (California Time)
Looks interesting, I will have to try one then decide how good it is.....
11th January, 2011 @ 4:57 a.m. (California Time)
How does Ion deal with pirated ebooks done using this gadget?
11th January, 2011 @ 5:44 a.m. (California Time)
OCR? For 150 bucks I want it to turn the pages for me too.
11th January, 2011 @ 7:47 a.m. (California Time)
This might be an option for family historians and genealogists who would rather not damage an old bible, journal or memoir. It\\'s good to know the options.
11th January, 2011 @ 8:55 a.m. (California Time)
A pirates delight capitalizing on the book publishers determination to preserve an outmoded business model and follow the music industry, lemming-like, off the cliff.
11th January, 2011 @ 11:41 a.m. (California Time)
I wonder when some enlightened regulator steps in and bans it. Guns for shooting senators are saintly in the States and cannot be banned but this is not a gun. Therefore it is likely to be subjected to a ban shortly. I wonder if this product makes it to the market ever, for the same reasons.
12th January, 2011 @ 2:08 p.m. (California Time)
This device will scare the pants off book publishers!
Just like CD writers upset music publishers.
People will buy these and put copyright books out on to the Net, you mark my words...
12th January, 2011 @ 2:14 p.m. (California Time)
And yes, this is a streamlined industrial version of D-Y-I book scanner. Exactly what you do not want it to be. As long as you toil on your D-Y-I you have your quirks that you can claim are entirely idiosyncratically yours. With this popular version regulation and strong \"Right to Read\" laws are invited. Then you will be stuck with a pay per view/pay-per-page machine. A top capitalist predator will bleed money out of your pocket. This will become pay-per-view society...starting with tiered Internet and Right to Read laws. This thing provokes its coming.
12th January, 2011 @ 2:17 p.m. (California Time)
Get it before it\'s outlawed, with book industry lobbyist support.... or just build your own.
BTW, \"Do It Yourself\" is DIY, not DYI....
DYI...does that mean \"Do Yourself In\"? ;)
12th January, 2011 @ 5:28 p.m. (California Time)
you know i just started college and was looking at getting some type of text to speech reader to help me keep up with reading as i\'m finding i\'m bit of slow reader, i\'m only able to find half my text books in e format, this device is defiantly on my wishlist, i\'m even thinking of suggesting it to the college learning center as investment for them
books i own converted to ebook = 60 less pounds in my backpack, plus having access to read any of my books when i have spare time, plus text-to-speech in android based ebook reader helping with my slow reading speed = WIN!!!
22nd January, 2011 @ 10:32 a.m. (California Time)
America has guns so that government and law enforcement officials are not the only people who have them. Read the US Constitution some time. The right to \"bear arms\" and create local militias keeps a country from being ruled by dictatorship. When the citizens bear arms, the government has to listen to their complaints and concerns, rather than simply announce new laws, statutes, ordinances, etc., and expect them to be obeyed without question. Of course we don\'t allow our citizens to storm City Hall with an assault rifle either! I\'ll leave you with this--When I was a US Navy Hospital Corpsman stationed at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, from time to time I would find one of my Marines in a funk. I say MY Marines, because I was responsible for their health as a \'Doc.\' When I would ask what the trouble was, sometimes the answer was terrifying. Sometimes the Marine would answer that he\'d just left a testing room where he\'d been tasked to answer a questionaire. One of the questions was \"Could you open fire on unarmed American citizens?\" Trust me on this NEHOPSA, if America loses its guns, we lose our FREEDOM, and the rest of world will follow!
29th January, 2011 @ 9:38 a.m. (California Time)
So much for copyright laws. Books from everywhere and everybody will now be appearing on torrent sites for nothing. Extra emphasis on live performances...
15th February, 2011 @ 10:25 p.m. (California Time)
Ho is the manufacturer of this scanner?
8th March, 2011 @ 11:03 a.m. (California Time)
As a writer, from generations of writers, I have long known that even for the best selling of authors, there is little money in the writing and publishing of books. Fiction? Maybe. Non-fiction? Forget it.
I\'ve said for years now that file sharing is only illegal because the laws are always slow to catch up with marketing trends, and the freeing of information. If you are a writer, and expect to get paid for your writing, think again: information is copyable. Ever Since the Gutenberg Bible was published, the duplication of material has been possible. (Really, ever since writing and language was invented, it is, by nature, replicable). The payment in response, copy write laws, and subsequent plagiarism law has come to play to protect it. But, like energy someday will be, information will be free. The internet is the death nell to the over-publication of hard copy books. (That and the limited resource of paper and foresting.)
The result is soft copy publication. Because so many books are still printed and paid for, far outstripping the demand for instant information, books will have to become either free, or only sold online. Hard copy publishing is still considered to be the standard by which credible information is passed. Self-published books and ebooks, cannot stand up to these.
Unfortunately, even the smallest publishers are being sucked up by conglomerates - who have political and personal interest in controlling content and suppressing information. So, the credibility of many books, is only dust cover deep: you are not be told the whole story on such topics as politics, in text books, science (cold fusion and global climate change being glaring examples) art and even fiction...and I dare you to find a major publisher willing to release poetry in any volume, whatsoever.
If you only read authors you can pick up at Amazon, Borders or Barnes and Noble, or even the corner Ma n\' Pa bookstore, (soon sadly, RIP), you are missing out on a few truly great, but completely unsung authors.. But online? Yep; you do have to wade through -alot- of manure. But, there are also online review sites to guide you in the right direction.
Ergo, online publishing is the answer. Scanning existent books is the answer. Torrents? Well, if the content is worth it, the author can only benefit from such releases, in an increasing demand for work, speech and information sharing - all of which are marketable in real-time and physical presence. Abbie Hoffman\'s \"Steal This Book\", is now a reality, only, its no longer stealing; its free sharing of information.
So, where then, will writers make their living? The answer is in speaking and engaging with an audience; educating, seminars and workshops. Internet 2.0 - soon, due to an increasingly transparent society, 3.0 (Can you spell, \"Julian Assange\"?) Here is where the writer, particularly non-fiction writers will and should make their bread and butter. Indeed, writing will soon no-longer be considered to be the loneliest art. Downside? There are plagiarists out there, but can be restrained through the use of good and popular internet scanning software. And, yes, we will have to work a lot more hours, and engage with our public more often to make a good living.
Is it worth it? Well, sure! Only, its a lot different than it was in the good ole days. But, these are good new days; if we choose to change with the tide, both writers and readers can benefit from it.
15th March, 2011 @ 10:48 a.m. (California Time)