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Robotic Book Scanning a Tool for Preservation and E-Commerce

This past May, I posted on a digital book scanning project underway at the Stanford University Libraries. As a follow-up, the USA Today reports on automated digital scanning hardware and software from Kirtas Technologies, Inc. that facilitates the “digitization of massive document libraries, fully automating the scanning of bound documents (emphasis added) at a capture rate of 1200 pages per hour.” The Library of Congress has an Information Technology Services (ITS) scanning team, and Amazon has undertaken a program to scan millions of books for its Search Inside the Book application.

  • See also, Amazon page search alarms writers of cookbooks, references….”Even with the print function disabled, authors fear recipe theft.”
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