Copyright-Violating Scanner is Designed for Books

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Scanning books sucks, as you always end up breaking the spine of the book to get the pages to lay flat. You guys know what I'm talking about.

Well, the few of you out there who scan books on a regular basis and everyone at Google Books are gonna love this scanner. It has a wedge built into it that fits into the spine of your book, allowing you to scan the entire page right up to the edge. Adding the wedge really jacks up the price of a scanner that's really only going to be scanning in B&W anyways, with the price at a pretty ludicrous $318.


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Scanner design is ancient? How about the scanner itself is? I've had mine for over a year and I know I wasn't anywhere close to an early adopter. I hate the "this was posted 3 hours ago Giz. you suck LMAO!!!!11oneone" guys, but seriously, this is paleozoic-era news.

Grousing aside, it's a great scanner though the bundled PDF software is kinda wonky. I use the scanner to scan TIFFs and use an academic version of Acrobat to do the PDF/OCR'ing. Scanning my textbooks take for-ever though.

This scanner has been discussed ad nauseam over at the [] forums