Use an android phone and the "Google Lens." feature recently added to the photos app and the camera photo review scrwwn.
OCR via Google Lens is pretty amazing and accurate beyond any OCR software I've ever used.
Below are some screenshots outlining the procedure using a cheap (100 USD) Nokia 3, best phone I've had the pleasure to use since my beloved Nexus 4 gave up the ghost.
I will detail a sample OCR scan of a Greek ethymologies book printed in 1976 that I dare not tear apart for scanning, that seems to have similar character density and typeface.
I took this original picture in less than ideal lighting conditions, using all auto settings on the so-so phone camera, no pecial photo techniques or fixtures to enhance the outcome were used, you could say it's just a plain amateurishly taken phone pic of a book's page. (Just make sure text is focused, no OCR will decipher blurry off-focus text)
Click on the Google lens icon, available via the preview after taking the picture or on the photo itself using Google photos app
^M^M^M^M^M^M I mean, Google Lens doing its magic scanning (the dots are a bit creepy but they had to do something to let you know that the googley AI is doing its thing, I guess)
Once the image is scanned, you'll find the text areas that Google Lens found on the picture clearly outlined and their text already extracted to the lower half of the screen. if you only want some areas and not others, just touch your selection to activate/deactivate them.
If you touch the extracted text, it will be placed in your clipboard for copy/paste goodness anywhere on your phone.
Afterwards, just paste the text on a Google docs document. There, you can:
- correct any mistakes right there or on your PC,
- share the document to your heart's content,
- publish it as a web page with live updating of your edits,or
- export to
- plain text,
- word document,
- open office document,
- kindle compatible epub electronic book with reflowing text, or
- good ol' Non-DRMd PDF
It could be argued that this is probably the shortest route to publishing, with the widest possible output choices.
You could do it all from a single device, (Android phone with the appropriate apps installed) and be done with it in no time with a high accuracy rate, basically for free.
Here is the Google docs pasted Fragment
Here is the Google docs URL share, feel free to comment. You could also have someone help you edit the document remotely and simultaneously.
Finally here is a Google Sites website published using the aforementioned document as linked source
It's https, desktop and mobile enabled and depending on tastes, generally not an eye sore. Not bad for 15 min total work and no coding whatsoever.
There is one refinement left, and that is to create proper paragraphs on the Google document, since Google Lens inserts a hard return after every line of extracted text, which makes every line it's own paragraph and this will become an issue if you want to use Google Docs features such as the table of contents, or when you export your document to a kindle compatible e-pub electronic book (messes up reflowing text)
You can just join every line where appropriate by hitting the backspace key on every line start, or this could be automated with a script.
So, I'm writing an apps script add-on that I will publish shortly to automate this process. I'll let you know here when it's done.