Using the iPhone for Digitizing Books
by Samuel Sennott
We started a E-Book project today that we are correlating with the Building Blocks kindergarten literacy framework. It is very exciting and I can’t wait to share more about it in the future.
So…have you ever come upon a flatbed scanner that seems to be a decendent of a tortoise? Well in our electronic book making project today, we sure did. It was a terrific first thing in the morning laugh. As we did not have anything else to use, I remembered someone posted on QIAT that Judith Sweeney of Onion Mountain Tech had been teaching using digital cameras for your turning books into electronic books. I have tried experimenting with this as well at times, but today it really clicked with me.
So we tried using the iPhone for taking pictures of the pages. It worked well:
- Having good lighting was important.
- Natural light worked better than the florescent.
- Be still!
- Downloading from the iPhone was easy. Just plug in USB, drag and drop.
- The images were good enough quality for our use in PowerPoint and ICS based books, where we rewrite the text into a text box.
- You could also use another comparable digital camera.
The result was a quick way to produce a decent accessible version of the book, without the labor intense file naming, page aligning, and mouse clicking often involved in scanning. What else have people experienced using cameras for digitizing books? What have you found to be the best resolutions and picture quality settings? We are constructing a guide and would love vicarious input!
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