Ok, animation isn't the primary function of the Library's new face-up book scanner/copier. But it gives an idea of how it works and image quality. If you think about it, turning books upside-down to copy pages is counterintuitive. And really bad for preserving books. The "Bookeye" is designed to make good-quality images while minimizing stress on bound materials. It's got a bit of a learning curve but even tech-shy researchers are using it.
For geeks like me, there are lots of handy features. Besides scanning in color, it will even "read" the text into a searchable PDF file. This means you can search the document for keywords later on. You can save files to a USB, e-mail them, or go old-school and make printouts.
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In this sequence of Bookeye scans, a book "moves" across the scanning area.