I recently bought a used copy of the book The BeOS Bible (1999, Scot Hacker, et al.) and spent last night unbinding it using a hairdryer and scanning it using my Fujitsu fi-4530C feed scanner - making light work of almost 1000 pages!
After the initial scanning I batch processed the TIFF files to crop and adjust contrast, and finally ran the whole lot through Adobe Acrobat to make all the text searchable.
I’ve uploaded the resulting 100MB Searchable PDF to Internet Archive/Open Library. So the book is now available to read, browse, download online:
One more thing…
These sorts of preservation projects an ongoing endeavour for me, funded by my Patreon supporters. If you wish to say thanks for this scan, or fund future projects, that would be very much appreciated. Any contributions are used only to purchase more material for preservation. Cheers! https://www.patreon.com/gingerbeardman