A DIY Book Scanner can be used to digitize books.
For background see this: http://www.diybookscanner.org/
They think every hackerspace should have one. So let's build one.
We should consider using “high strength” glass instead of plexiglass. (“High Strength” usually means it's thicker). There's also a long thread on “gorilla glass” here: http://www.diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=440
Also: consider using high-grade plywood instead of MDF (Check both Home Depot and Menards)
I'm all for using higher-grade materials, as long as it doesn't make the project cost-prohibitive. — Pete Prodoehl 2011/12/09 12:09
One design to consider: http://www.diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=333
Spreadsheet with bill of materials: http://diybookscanner.org/forum/download/file.php?id=973
Here's an interesting new design, with files we may be able to cut on the CNC Router: http://www.diybookscanner.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1192 — Pete Prodoehl 2011/12/10 12:21
Worth nothing, Ron has built a working book scanner and is now testing software. He's found some things that could use improvement, but it's definitely progress! — Pete Prodoehl 2012/01/15 10:52