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The BookLiberator Project is designing an open source, open hardware book scanner kit, to make it easy for anyone to archive their book collections without damaging them. Though they certainly aren’t the first to make a DIY book scanner, what they are working towards is an easy-to-use setup using standard cameras, a simplified mechanical design, and straightforward software. The kit isn’t quite ready ready to order yet, but you can follow their instructions to make your own, and maybe even help out! They had a prototype on display at the HOPE conference, and it looked quite solid. I’m looking forward to the final version!

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