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Automated book scanner

I so want one of these for my new library!! Why? No idea…we’re not a Research 1 school, not an ARL, but the idea of loading this thing up and just letting it run as an art project makes me happy. And yes, I’d love to digitize some of our public domain books with it, even as few as we have.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

3 replies on “Automated book scanner”

Yikes, designing a robot to flip pages without destroying the book is like a project out of Odyssey of the Mind. Sick.

Do you ever stop to thing that with every flip of the page, that robot is actually going to destroy libraries at we know them?

If you are really serious about digitization, may I suggest the KABIS III from Kirtas Technologies.

We are able to scan 3,000 pages per hour. We are the world leader in non-destructive digitization.

If you are interested in digitizing some of your copyright free materials, I suggest you take a look at We can take the MARC records from your collections ingest them and make them immediately available for sale. It is a self-sustaining Digitize on Demand/Print on Demand Program with no upfront cost to the content partner.

In addition we offer a new patented process “Invest in Knowledge”. For $30.00 book lovers can purchase a book that hasn’t been digitized, they will receive a paperback copy of the book, and 5% of all subsequent sales. There can be only one investor per book.

For libraries that can’t afford a dedicated machine, Lyrasis has the Mass Digitization Collaborative, which will digitize materials for you. Book and newspaper scanning is done by the Internet Archive; support for other formats are in development. Check out for more information about the program and for a list of currently participating institutions and their content.

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