DIY Book Scanner Community Progress.

The DIY Book Scanner community has been crazy-active lately. Seems like a new scanner build happens almost daily (though I’m sure it’s less than that).

First and Second builds by Alumrich.

Possum’s simple and awesome build (lots of neat ideas).

ThatTallGuy’s ENORMOUS scanner for very tall people.

Cratylus’ Beta Build (check out the incredible pipe-based sliders. This guy makes PVC look awesome!


RogerMaris has some serious out-of-the-box thinking, imagining and testing a scanner that’s designed to also hold a book up for reading. Great work.

Darryl Smith posted two builds and a build log, one from aluminum tubes — very cool.


Tulane’s Ben Varadi has essentially completed his excellent build. Documented with dozens of pictures full of awesomeness. Some truly unique ideas in there.

Can’t remember if I’ve posted Antoha-SPB’s single-camera build, but it’s inspired a lot of other builds.

The DIY Book Scanner project as a whole continues to gain academic cred — it’s been cited in several papers, shown at 26C3, and spoken about at several universities, including NYLS. Next week, I’ll be speaking at UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota (details forthcoming). March 23rd I’ll be speaking at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and user Misty De Meo just presented her work with DIY Book Scanner technology at the OLA conference. More on Misty and the projects she works on.

I am so honored to be a part of this community. It’s incredible what people have done with this basic technology.

Sorry for the silence here lately; have been dealing with some personal issues.

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3 Responses to DIY Book Scanner Community Progress.

  1. Margaret says:

    Hey, is there anyone doing this in Toronto? I am organizing an event for March 29th dealing with the books and library needs of first nations communities up north, and would love to feature work from someone nearby…

  2. Daniel Reetz says:

    I’m not sure that there are any DIY Book Scanner members in Toronto — but Misty De Meo is working on archival stuff with a DIY Book Scanner in Paris, ON.

    Email me if you don’t get the response you’re looking for in the forums — d a n r e e t z [et] g ma il

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