Open Source Book Scanner

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  • Book Scanners allow for Digitization of books, magazines, and similar media that doesn't work well with a document scanner/copy machine
  • These are a valuable device for places like Libraries or Schools to have, but are often out of reach due to cost
  • This page aims to organize, and potentially further develop, Open Source Book Scanners

Existing Open Source Designs

Google Linear Book Scanner

Linear Book Scanner is a prototype automatic book scanning device created by Google. The device moves a book face-down over linear sensors to capture page images, and uses vacuum pressure to turn pages automatically as the book moves.

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Instruction PDF

Software Code


“This design” means the copyrighted book scanner design distributed by Google as part of the "Linear Book Scanner" project.

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DIY Book Scanner .org Designs

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