Cutting up a book to scan it

Ever wish you could have a digital version of a book, but there is no kindle or PDF version available?

The book "How to be an Explorer of the World" sitting in a document scanner

One in book in particular I’d love to have on my phone at all times: Keri Smith’s “How to be an Explorer of the World“. Such an inspiring book. I love it. I want it available to me at all times. But there is no digital version! I shall not be foiled!

I bought a used book specifically so I can run it through my document scanner and have a PDF version for my phone. (For document scanning, I use the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 Color Duplex Document Scanner.)

I’ll be cutting the spine off the book—which feels like a torturous treatment for a book. But through death, the book will get new life. Of course, digitally on phone. Yay. And I’ll also keep a copy of the spineless book at work. All the loose individual pages will sit in a hanging file. Every now and then, a new page will be on display at my desk.

This sort of cutting and repurposing of a book is something totally up this author’s alley. Keri Smith wrote the famous book, “Wreck this Journal” where the reader is prompted to do all sorts of crazy things to the physical book itself–cutting and semi-destroying the book.

Now her “Explorer of the World” book will get a similar treatment. I bought the cheapest used version of the book, because the spine will be cut off anyways. I don’t really need a book in great condition.

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4 years ago

Don’t cut up the book yet! We have a guillotine chopper at my office. It claps down the paper (book) and cuts it all in one clean swoop. Though it doesn’t look to be that thick of a book. Let me know if you’re interested.

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