The Voluntary Life: 157 How To Go Paperless Part 2

29 May 2014

157 How To Go Paperless Part 2

This episode is the second part of a series on how to go paperless. It explains how to digitise your paper books using destructive book scanning.

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4 comments:

  1. Jake - I hate the idea of destroying paper books as the EMFs from modern tablet and laptop devices can be biologically destructive (add "The Body Electric" by Dr. Robert O. Becker on your reading list for a Holy Shit on this). But I like the idea of buying a second copy of a book and converting it to Audiobook to listen to on an MP3 player. How would you propose doing this without using Voicedream which seems to be iPad/iPhone only?

    Thanks & regards.

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    1. Mike, you don't have to destroy your books to scan them if you don't want to, it's just much much faster to do destructive scanning. However, Fujitsu have one model on their ScanSnap range specifically for non-destructive scanning of books which is relatively fast as it recognises when you turn a page. So you don't need to buy two copies if you are willing to take the time. Regarding listening without voicedream, I am not sure what your setup is but I am sure that there are apps on PC and on Android for reading out text, if that is your setup. I don't use android or PCs so I don't know the market but just google around and I'm sure you will find something. Good luck!

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  2. Cheers Jake - I'm using Apple but OSX not iOS. I'll hunt around, thanks for the Fujitsu tip!

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    1. On Mac you can get text converted to audio with built in OSX tools http://etc.usf.edu/techease/4all/learning/how-do-i-use-the-speech-service-in-mac-os-x-to-record-text-into-an-audio-file/

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