BookLiberator Beta — the affordable, low-tech book digitizer that looks good in your living room or library, and can scan 600-900 pages per hour!

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(Yes, it's made of handsome wood.)

The BookLiberator is a simple, low-tech device for digitizing books: it enables you to easily photograph all the pages in a book, without harming the book. The resulting images are then processed with free, open source software to make user-friendly files in a variety of formats. See the wiki for more.

Video of a BookLiberator usage demonstration, at a HOPE conference:


Beta units are for early adopters:

The BookLiberator “Beta” release is for early adopters. Its purpose is to help us field test the product before we do a much larger manufacturing run for 1.0. If you like getting in on the ground floor, and like giving feedback, then the Beta might be for you — please see the detailed description.

Our goal is for the upcoming 1.0 manufacturing run to offer a polished product that enables mass, decentralized liberation of text from the printed page, and helps people realize what's possible when everyone has control of their own copies.

Credits: the BookLiberator was designed by Ian Sullivan and James Vasile.

BookLiberator is a project of