An Introduction to the "Impost" Book Scanner, using Voussoir

Following several design principles of my “Non-Destructive Guillotine”, I introduce a more portable single-camera book scanner design. The scanner uses a hinged platen that works with tightly-bound and paperback books, while allowing the book to sit spine-down at a variable angle. I also introduce a piece of software, “Voussoir,” which semi-automates the process of de-keystoning and cropping images.

An Introduction to the "Non-Destructive Guillotine" ("NDG") Book Scanner

I introduce a new portable, single-camera book scanner design. The scanner is small enough to fit into a backpack when disassembled, and can be re-assembled in under 10 minutes. It does not require any power tools to construct; the only required tools are a tape measure, a PVC cutting tool, and scissors. A full list of parts, sizes, and prices are below, along with a video explaining the scanner’s construction and use.