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Making photocopies from books is a necessity for teachers or those doing research from reference materials that may not be checked out from their local  library.  However, the black borders that are printed around the edges of the page are a waste of toner, can jam up the photocopier and look gross. Here are some easy steps to keep from getting those black borders on your photocopies.

 When you photocopy a book without using these steps this is what your page will look like... yuck!

Step 1: Insert Paper Between Pages

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Insert a piece of blank white paper behind the page you wish to photocopy. Make sure it is placed straight up and down, paralell to the edge of the book's cover.
heathbar643 years ago
Great suggestion to solve a common problem. How do you get a clear and complete copy of the part in the crack (spine)? that's where I get a headache.
jakenet15 years ago
That's an awesome idea!  A great way to save ink, and make great copies too. Thanks for sharing this.
billkeil5 years ago
I have been using Scan Tailor for a month now and it does an excellent job of cutting out the black bars, straightening the text, splitting pages, and all for free.  The website is scantailor.sourceforge.net/, really awesome product.
He's using a photocopier, software would not be of any use. And good scanners will have good software anyway (mine does)