Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stamp Album scanner?

I've tried a couple of times to assemble an easy contraption for photographing stamp albums without much luck. An intriguing product named the Book Saver Book Scanner has just been announced by Ion Audio at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. While I don't think the product will handle large albums like the Scott Internationals, it still is an interesting concept. The product is expected to be released in April and will cost less than $200.

Here is a blurb on it from USA today.

You can also see a video on YouTube.

Finally, here is link to Ion Audio's site.


williamgrady said...

Thanks for the info. As a librarian, this is good info to know.

Their announcement is a bit, shall we say, premature. The product is "coming soon." So premature their website neglects to mention two facts that I would consider necessary to even consider it, how big a page it can scan and what
format the scan will be in, pdf?

It might be better to scan a looseleaf Scott album page by page in a flat bed scanner.


Bob said...

Bill, I agree that the announcement was premature although I understand why a company would want to take advantage of CES to make an announcement even if their product wasn't quite ready for primetime.

If I were undertaking a digitizing project along the lines of one of the big collection sites like that of Antonius Ra, I agree that a scanner would give the best results. The problem is, as you know, if you are going to all that trouble, you feel something of an obligation to do it right--i.e., archive at 300-600 dpi in TIFF format and then downres for the Web or whatever. With my inexpensive scanner that means a minute or two per page. If this new Book Saver contraption works, we're talking about quick and dirty scanning at the rate of a few seconds for two pages. Even if I had to remove the pages from the binder, this suggests that at the conservative rate of 2 pages every 10 seconds, a Blue Volume One could be digitized in under 2 hours! Of course, it won't be the quality of a properly scanned page, but it just might do for "everyday" use.