DIY High-Speed Book Scanner from Trash and Cheap Cameras

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Step 79: Run Page Builder.

Picture of Run Page Builder.
Run Page Builder by clicking on "PgBldr.exe".

Watch this tutorial video to understand the interface conventions. Page Builder is highly effective software, but the efficiency is largely due to the special user interface. Watch this video before coming to us with problems about the software.

Just one more quick note: We're currently deciding how best to handle covers and stuff. If you run into a page order issue, just put your front cover image in the right folder.

Credit where credit is due: Though this is "my" project, it could not have been completed without Aaron (software), Noah (editing, camerawork, and more), and Lyle (electronics). It also saw benefit from advice from people like Nate H. Developing not only the book scanner, but the instructable really pushed the level of documentation I'm used to producing. At this point in time, I have as many hours into making this instructable clean and complete than I have in making the second book scanner. Seeing the 79th step come together, I can say it was worth it. And the book scanners are some of the most complex and enjoyable things I've built in a while.

That's it. I hope you build yourself a book scanner, and I hope that you enjoy more books because of it. If you appreciate the effort that went into this, please give us your vote. All four of us have some great ideas for the laser cutter, and you can bet if we win, they'll show up here. Thanks.
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paverphalange8 months ago

Thats astonishing..

motherprune9 months ago


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mousepaper9 months ago

Thats excellent

This is so great!

amazedgreen9 months ago

Its calme

fastbobble9 months ago

Thats useful

gorgeddamp9 months ago

Its cooler :)

clearedeager9 months ago

Thats impressive

illrings10 months ago

Thats stunning...

illrings10 months ago

Thats stunning...

airbugger10 months ago

Thats useful


headlymph10 months ago


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grousebandit10 months ago

Its cold

harechubby11 months ago


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cheshirecorn11 months ago

Thats fabulous



spongeraffle12 months ago

Thats incredible

Its impressive

BunnyRoger1 year ago
Very cool and interesting, Thank you.
Very cool!!
nice one
paqrat4 years ago
Truly awesome instructable. Might I suggest a video of it in operation?
russca5 years ago
Here is an example of a commercial set-up with a page-flipping robotic arm:
eos10d5 years ago
Really cool project. I am too lazy to go thought all the trouble so my setup consists of a one camera setup. First I take pics of all ODD PAGES and then all EVEN PAGES. To take pictures, my camera is connected to the computer via USB and I use my computer to control the camera and take pictures. This setup eliminates the use of building any electronics specifically for this project. I can use a file renaming software to rename all odd pages as 001a.jpg, 002a.jpg, 003a.jpg, etc. Then the even pages as 001b.jpg, 002b.jpg, 003b.jpg, etc. Now just use a pdf builder to build pdf pages from jpg pages...... FINISHED
petrino5 years ago
while i admite what youre doing i cant build one, as i dont have many books... and the only books i have i already have on ebooks... but i will refer your design to anyone who has to many books and not enough room for them. and then they will actually be able to not only read them but share them.
mohammedp5 years ago
Hy Great Job, I am going to make one
daniel_reetz (author)  mohammedp5 years ago
Cool! Join us at
whurd5 years ago
Very nice manual scanner. Here is an automatic page turning one.
robotguy45 years ago
Idea about the cover and page order problem: Put the cover in the right folder and put a file that talks about who scanned it and using what and where with maybe a logo (For some shameless self promotion!) in the left folder. The way you would do this with this version would probably to Photoshop a blank page and copy it as your "shameless self-promotion" page. Then, as for the back cover, maybe include some extra information, and maybe a picture of the spine. I dunno... I don't think thats as much of a problem... Another thing that would be neat is if you could "de-digitize" the book. Or, make a new physical copy for your self (not for sale or distribution) using this system.
daniel_reetz (author)  robotguy45 years ago
Hmm, I like your ideas. It would be cool to handle that in the software, too. Like you could automatically generate a page crediting the scanner right in Page Builder. For some books, de-digitizing might be as easy as sending the PDF to or similar services. That could be really great to make like mini family photo albums or other 1-off books that don't have copyright issues.
Yep. And as a default have the information set to your credits, your website and this Instructable! (or you could put in some fine print somewhere...)
nlcong5 years ago
Thanks, I voted +1
daniel_reetz (author)  TNEN5 years ago
Thank you!
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