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mizunosaki
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7:00 pm, Sep 1 2012
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Hi guys,

So I'm starting a solo scanlation site, and I have a few questions especially about scanning.

Right now I don't have any dedicated scanner so I'm planning to get one. Do you guys have any recommendation for scanning the books? If there are some of you who has any experience scanning books for groups, your info would be a great help too.

I'm mostly going to work with thin doujinshis and some thick tankoubons. No plans for magazines so far. I'm looking to spend 15-60$, nothing too expensive.

Right now I'm looking at these scanners:
CanoScan-Lide110
Epson Perfection Photo Scanner

Thanks for your help biggrin

EDIT: I forgot to add that I'm running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

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God Movement
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Just make sure you get a scanner than can scan anywhere between 200-600DPI and you're good to go. Also you don't have to rip pages out of your books just bend them enough so you can edit the separation in the middle with your favorite image editor.

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Quote from mizunosaki
Hi guys,

So I'm starting a solo scanlation site, and I have a few questions especially about scanning.

Right now I don't have any dedicated scanner so I'm planning to get one. Do you guys have any recommendation for scanning the books? If there are some of you who has any experience scanning books for groups, your info would be a great help too.

I'm mostly going to work with thin doujinshis and some thick tankoubons. No plans for magazines so far. I'm looking to spend 15-60$, nothing too expensive.

Right now I'm looking at these scanners:
CanoScan-Lide110
Epson Perfection Photo Scanner

Thanks for your help biggrin



Before you make a purchase, how important is quality for you? And how many books do you realistically plan on scanning?

If quality is important to you, then I'd recommend buying the CanoScan Lide one. If quality is important to you, you should debind your volumes as in rip the pages out one by one. If quality isn't important to you, don't go crazy. Just buy the cheapest working scanner you can find.

If you plan on scanning a handful of books, then the CanoScan Lide is perfect for you. However, if you plan to be scanning a lot of books, I'd recommend getting something a little better. I'd recommend the Canon CanoScan 9000F if that's the case. It's about ~$250 but it's best you can get for manga scanning.

I used to own the CanoScan 8400F and scanned about ~130 volumes before it gave out on me. I've since bought the 9000F and it's scanned about ~110 since I bought it.

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Just make sure you get a scanner than can scan anywhere between 200-600DPI and you're good to go. Also you don't have to rip pages out of your books just bend them enough so you can edit the separation in the middle with your favorite image editor.


No offense, but that's terrible advice.

If you're going to do that, buy yourself a $60 digital camera instead. The pages will come out looking just about the same, ie. not very good.

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mizunosaki
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9:22 pm, Sep 1 2012
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Thank you for all your advice.

I'm only planning on scanning a handful of books, I don't have any stacks waiting to be scanned or anything. Quality is somewhat important to me, I don't need it to the point that it can be blown over like crazy, but I don't want it to be grainy, dusty, or takes an eternity to warm up. Somehow I want to keep and use this for a long time so I want to get an okay one.

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9:37 pm, Sep 1 2012
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well if your working environment is windows you should listen to what GGpX said (though i don't really agre regarding the book ripping, but it all depends on the thickness and book printing and some other stuff ^^).

But if you're working with other environments you'll have to be a bit more careful. I don't know about Mac, but i know that Canon in general is not particularly Linux friendly. But i can't help you much, i still have my first scanner (CanoScan 4400F) and i'm booting to widows when i want to scan something because its not compatible with my Lynux D:

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