Or rather how to digitize it if you don't have time to turn the pages by hand.

Cut the binding off with a tablesaw and scan it with a scanner that has a sheetfeeder.
Assemble the scans into a pdf file using Adobe Acrobat.
I use "Steal This Book" by Abbie Hoffman as an example.

This book is somewhat hard to find in libraries, possibly because of its title. It consists of about 80,000 words on the subject of how to get by without consuming much and cause trouble for authority figures. At the time it was written the U.S. was conducting some upopular wars and many young people concluded that the whole "system" was evil. The tone and content of the book reflects this.

Abbie is no longer with us but I've asked a couple of his kids what they thought of my scanning this book this way. Both said they didn't think their dad would mind. If you are the publisher and you object, let me know and I'll scan one printed by someone else.

Scroll down for the pdf of "Steal This Book" by Abbie Hoffman. Enjoy!

Step 1: Saw Off the Binding

Use proper tablesaw precautions so you don't get hurt.
If you want an extra clean cut use a new thin-kerf blade and clamp the book between two boards. Then you could use a push stick and it won't look like your hands are going into the saw as in this view.
<p>You should have titled this &quot;What Not To Attempt With a Tablesaw.&quot; The pages or a book, especially a paperback, can flex. This makes it very dangerous to feed passed the blade. Also, if what you are cutting can slip into the gullets of the saw blade (the cut-outs between the teeth), it adds to the danger level of the cut. In this case, a flexing book could let a bunch of pages into a gullet. Since the gullet itself doesn't cut, it literally has to smash its way through those pages rather than slicing, causing the blade to grab even more book on the next tooth as it pulls it in.</p><p>Plus, your fingers should never get closer to the blade than 2 inches, even to the sides, while the blade is spinning. That's what push sticks are for. </p><p>Next time you attempt this, take your book, sandwich it between two scraps of 3/4&quot; (19mm) plywood that have already been cut to width and about an inch overhanging the top and bottom of the book. Put screws though the overhangs so that it firmly pinches the book between them. (Sort of like a flower press.) The plywood will ride against the saw's fence and keep the book from flexing. If you keep the saw's blade height to 1/4&quot; (6mm) below the top of your book &quot;sandwich,&quot; that will give you an even bigger safety margin for your fingers. I've used this technique to cut stacks of veneer safely.</p>
i &quot;lost&quot; my hard copy years back thanks for leting me relive that good laf <br>always liked that book never seen other books by abbie <br>if you or some has send to bushmann101@yahoo.ca <br>thanks
I actually did &quot;Steal This Book&quot; but failed to remove the rfid tag and and had to go running away from the local Barnes and Noble.<br /> <br /> Ahhh abbie hoffman would be proud.<br />
you should join my club. it's for all of us who have done something extremely stupid in our lives, or injured ourselves due to something we forgot to do.
HEY ill join =P <br/><br/>i was stupid and went and touched the casing of a compressed Armstrongs Mixture after i lit it and it didnt go off...<br/><br/>Spent that saturday morning in the hospital, and the rest of the weekend, with my hand straight up in the air to stop the throbbing. My hand is all healed now, but i got some nasty chemical burns, and my nail got ripped back, and yeah its so not fun =P <br/><br/>if you wanna see the stuff that i blew up with look up <br/><em>Potassium Chlorate and Red Phosphorous</em><br/>on youtube, its pretty intense.<br/>
um... i fell out of a tree... does that count as anything?
Well, a few weeks ago, I challenged my son to a race through and obstacle course. I ended up with a free trip to the hospital in an ambulance (sure wish I could remember it), concussion and a sore back and neck for four weeks. Seems I fell off the top of a cargo net tied to a couple of trees and landed hard on the ground (there was a mattress which I did land on - well, most of me that is). Knocked myself out. Hubby reckons the section of ground where my head hit (and strangely enough, I had no sore spot or lump on my head) was going to be called McIntyres folly and used as a swimming pool (funny fellah, my husband). Another side effect has been a distinct dislike of food that is too fatty or too sugary and I am now finding my battle with being over weight much easier to fight and I have lost quite a bit of the excess and the plans to loose the rest of it on track. Hiubby doesn't think the concussion diet is going to catch on however. LOL
I vaguely remember reading that there were doctors, if you could call them that, that would take little hammers and pound the bumps of the skull for various reasons. Too much weight, not enough, not tall enough, and so on...
You're talking about Phrenology, a Victorian belief that you could determine someones personality by the shape of their head.<br />
No; that's something different. I&nbsp;think this is like the practice fo drilling holes in people's skulls.<br />
What, trepanning?<br />
Yes, actually.<br />
you can join.
I tripped over a sign that said do not walk here...It was the second day of a 3 week trip to France with the fam and I broke my wrist lol Can I join??
yes, you can join... anyone who does something that stupid can join.
I tried something new while ice-skating and learned the hard way that ice is really quite hard... And then I learned that shortly after a concussion you shouldn't wolf down your food because your hungry. Hooray for my first trip to hospital!
I tink <a href="http://www.darwinawards.com/">these</a> peoople fit in your club.<br />
The Pill Pusher story made me put my face in my hands and cry. With laughter.<br />
...<br />agreed...<br />
...<br />yeah... people who fall short of that are who i made the group for... that and the people who just don't pay attention to their surroundings at all...<br />
you can DEFINITELY join!
I staple gunned my own thumb, coolest xray ever.
Thanks a lot with this marvelous, and incredible book!<br /> <br /> 2 contradictory points, if I may;<br /> <br /> As a book love myself, and collector, It is really heart breaking to see the poor destiny of this book.<br /> <br /> However, my second point is, As this book is really hard to find, and is a delightful reading, Thank You!<br /> The fact that this book is only, a square clued back, with individual pages, it help getting me over my collector heart.<br /> <br /> For those who want to try, please do not do it with &quot;classical&quot; binded book (those folding a group of paper, and sewing them to attach each others); it's easier to cut the binding string and pages comes by themselves.<br /> For the clued books, the second option is (like described bellow, in an unfortunate experience of drying a book), using microwave, glue goes away by itself... but less fun than this instructable.<br /> <br /> Thanks again Tim,<br />
i finally joined instructables to steal this book :]<br />
What kind of software did you use for scanning?
I would use dopdf<br />
&nbsp;Thanks so much for the pdf! I have been casually looking for this book for free. Finally, you delivered it to me!
I split open my toe stepping (slipping) out of the shower. Can I join?<br />
The reason Steal this Book is hard to find is because people would do so.
I once tried to read a big, fat paperback biography in the bathtub. Well, of course I dropped the book in the tub. Then I had the brilliant idea of drying it out in the microwave. What I didn't think of was that the glue that bound the pages to the spine of the book would melt. I was left with a stack of unbound pages. At the time, I felt pretty stupid. But now it occurs to me that this could be a good way to unbind paperbacks for scanning.
Now I need to find a scanner that does that? any advise? I don't have a printer so I wouldn't mind getting a combo (even when I do hate them)
dude, wasnt that book banned? download it as an ebook, if u don't have it, it's awesome
Great 'ible, I love the idea.
I once hammered a piece of metal the size of a quarter that was used in a car suspension and it jumped and left a deep gash on my chin. So I can relate to you about almost losing an eye through general stupidity. Great instructable, 3/5 because it can get you killed. Also,weren't you wearing eye protection?
I was once killed by a deer.
I'm a deer, I once killed a guy
lawl. Made a skewer-gun once out of a pen tube and a balloon. pulled it back as far as it would go and the skewer cut through the baloon and stuck into my thumb. Lucky it wasnt too deep.
i was hammering on a round piece of iron, when it jumped, and i really was thankful my eye's have good reflexes. otherwise i maybe had one blind eye now. has everybody seen that the tablesaw is very bloodred?
haha thanks i read this whole pdf in a night =D very nice book :P<br/>
I was using a stationary belt sander, then the part I was sanding kicked back, and the palm of my hand got sucked between the belt wheel and the table. It sanded off a several layers of skin on my palm before I was able to turn it off. About a quarter of my palm has no handprint lines now, it's just flat scars.
the chain on my bike once slipped and the metal pedal gouged into the back of my calf, ripping out a small chunk. heres the pic lol
Damn lol did a pirate stitch that up for you?
isnt that finger whole in the previous slide?
Very sorry about your injury, Tim.<br/><br/>Everyone: A *push block* as described below is what you need to use. It should be slightly narrower than the book you intend to saw. It both compresses and moves the book through the saw safely.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.woodzone.com/tips/push-stick.htm">http://www.woodzone.com/tips/push-stick.htm</a><br/>
I sympatize, I just cut myself with a utility knife, we're in the same situation :P
really so did I the blade slipped back ant tore not cut but tore my balm open 2 rows of 6 stitches size 2
Ditto. Using a skiver while under the influence of harsh cold medicine when you've never used one before? Bad Idea (tm). Idiot me, pulled it towards the hand holding the leather down. Interesting set of scars on those fingers.
Heavens to Betsy! Please take your books to kinko's/fedex or the office supply store to have the bindings removed. They've got nice big paper cutters that generally don't remove people's fingers. You're giving me nightmares, here! Stitches? Did you get medical attention? Great scanning advice, though.

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