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plustek bookreader alt.CES: Scan books into audio files

Plustek is showing this $700 Book Reader V100 at CES 2009. It scans books directly into MP3 audio files using optical code recognition (OCR) and a tiny little man with a mellifluous baritone voice trapped inside. Or some kind of text-to-speech program. I’m not sure which.

Given the choice between this and buying something that’s available on Audible, I can’t imagine this is worth doing if you value your time. You’ve got to manually scan each page. I’d love to see a re-make that uses some LEGO Mindstorms as a page turner, coupled with a computer, scanner, OCR, and text-to-speech.

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works in CG animation at DisneyToon Studios and writes for Make, Boing Boing, and other places online and in print. You can find him at and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.

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