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Planetary scanner

A planetary scanner (also called orbital scanner) is a document scanner that hangs over a book (codex). The advantage is that a book can be kept open in a way that does not damage its spine. A lot of planetary scanners have as an added feature that they do not use a moving scan head, but instead use a camera photographing a page in a single shot. They therefore tend to be significantly faster than flatbed scanners.

For most DP volunteers commercial planetary scanners will be out of financial reach: the cheapest one I know of costs 5000 USD, excluding the cameras. However, it may be possible to build your own planetary scanner. After all, they are little more than a stand, a couple of lights, a couple of cameras, and a pc. In other words, a planetary scanner could conceivably be cobbled together from off-the-shelf parts that you have in your home now.

Modern digital compact cameras are cheap yet good enough to be used in DIY scanners. I experimented a little with building such a scanner, though my ineptness as a DIY-er has so far failed me. Nevertheless, my experiments may have taught me a thing or two that it would be worthwhile to pass on (well, one thing really: lights, lights, lights).

By now others have taken up the torch of creating cheap planetary scanners from off-the-shelf components, and the most important link in this section may be the following: This is a project that tells you not just of experiments, but also of an actual, working DIY scanner.

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Public Domain Days

Each year January 1 is international Public Domain Day. This is the day when books in countries that have a Life+XX copyright regime return to the public domain.



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