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Scanning a book without disassembling it

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Speakeasy
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21 November 2015 at 7:08pm | IP Logged 
Bonjour mes ami(e)s,

I have a copy of the Assimil course "La pratique du Néerlandais", which is their advanced/second-stage course for learning Dutch from a French base. Regrettably, this course is out-of-print and many people report extreme difficulty in locating used copies. I would like to scan my copy for my (cough, cough) personal use; however, I do not wish to physically disassemble the book. So, ...

I have a fairly good HP multi-purpose printer/scanner. The Assimil course book is almost 500 pages in length and, unfortunately, the book does not lie flat on the scanner surface. Also, since the scanner controls permit the creation and saving of only one document at time, it seems to me that I have to "nurse" this process over an extended period, unless, of course, there is some method for creating several scanned documents (PDF) and recombining them afterwards. Does anyone have any "tricks" that they can share with me so that I might complete this (cough, cough) "personal" project?

Merci à l'avance!



Edited by Speakeasy on 21 November 2015 at 8:39pm

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Elexi
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21 November 2015 at 8:33pm | IP Logged 
You can buy an old copy of the 'full' Adobe Acrobat 6 Standard on Amazon for about $7 -
this allows you to assemble the pdfs into one file

Better be quick though - one left apparently. Acrobat 7 is $29

http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Acrobat-6-0-Standard-VERSION/dp/ B00008ZGRY/ref=sr_1_1?
ie=UTF8&qid=1448134347&sr=8-1&keywords=Adobe+Acrobat+6

Edited by Elexi on 21 November 2015 at 8:33pm

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21 November 2015 at 8:36pm | IP Logged 
Photograph it. If you have a good camera and the text remains legible then you can add the individual photos to a pdf or a powerpoint file. You may however have to put the camera on some kind of stand in order to get photos of sufficient quality.

PS: Flexi knew something I didn't know. But my answer is still valid in those cases where you simply can't find a certain book in any kind of digitalized form.

Edited by Iversen on 21 November 2015 at 8:41pm

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21 November 2015 at 11:00pm | IP Logged 
You can use imagemagick, which is free, if you can use a command line, ideally by converting to PNG and just back to PDF at the end. http://superuser.com/questions/54041/how-to-merge-pdfs-using -imagemagick-resolution-problem
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22 November 2015 at 2:01am | IP Logged 
Find a library with a book scanner. Not that that's exactly easy but they aren't terribly unusual at
universities. Otherwise I'm in agreement with the "photograph it" idea. There are also a handful of
smartphone apps that have OCR capabilities and are designed for photographing and processing text.
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Speakeasy
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23 November 2015 at 11:15pm | IP Logged 
Thank you, one and all, for your suggestions.
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luhmann
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27 November 2015 at 1:42am | IP Logged 
try pdfsam


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