I learned yesterday that you can order thick slabs of glass sheet cut to spec online. It could probably be used in my evolving book scanning setup. But at that point, one has to ask "why not use an actual scanner?"

Scanner: self contained, very consistent, very clear. Cheaper. No processing required after.

Camera: more lighting control, RAW output support. Potentially more portable? HDMI out. Clicker.

As it turns out, I do have some thick glass that is just a few cm too short for the journals I'd use them with. But, it's enough to get a feel. Here it is, loosely placed with the current setup I'm using. There is some glare, so I'd have to redo the lighting. I think I could figure out a way to quickly lift the glass and turn the page.


I actually managed to find a better glass sheet. I added some tape around the borders, and gave it a loop to make it easy to lift up and down. Gravity makes the hinge.

Won't be able to actually test this out until a few weeks at the earliest. I still have these journals to get through.

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