UPDATE (2019-12-31): BookLiberator is changing to an all-software application.

Today's smartphones have high-resolution cameras and enough on-board processing power to handle page-dewarping and even some OCR. As handsome as the hardware you see in the photos below is, it's no longer a good solution if the goal is to turn treeware pages into digital text. So we're transitioning the BookLiberator project to be a purely software application — 100% free, libre and open source, and thus entirely under the control of the user.

(We're keeping the logo, though, for old time's sake.)

Everything below is from the old web site. We'll update it when we have news about the application.

BookLiberator Beta BookLiberator Beta, lifting cube and turning page (high) BookLiberator Beta, lifting cube and turning page (low)

(Yes, it's made of handsome wood.)

The BookLiberator is a simple, low-tech device for digitizing books: it enables you to easily photograph all the pages in a book, without harming the book. The resulting images are then processed with free, open source software to make user-friendly files in a variety of formats. See the wiki for more.

Video of a BookLiberator usage demonstration, at a HOPE conference:


Beta units are for early adopters:

The BookLiberator “Beta” release is for early adopters. Its purpose is to help us field test the product before we do a much larger manufacturing run for 1.0. If you like getting in on the ground floor, and like giving feedback, then the Beta might be for you — please see the detailed description.

Our goal is for the upcoming 1.0 manufacturing run to offer a polished product that enables mass, decentralized liberation of text from the printed page, and helps people realize what's possible when everyone has control of their own copies.

Credits: the BookLiberator was designed by Ian Sullivan and James Vasile.

BookLiberator is a project of QuestionCopyright.org: