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How to stop books closing themselves

You can just use your pen cap to clamp a bunch of pages so that it would not fly. Its easy and you don't need to buy anything.
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Physical Text To Digital Text

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'...
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How to stop books closing themselves

Make book holder out of old metal hangers. Refer artistshelpingchildren.org for detailed steps to achieve it. Or this video. Or just buy a book clip: Book clips are quite cheaper than the book ...
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Book holder for paperbacks

Here's a variation of the binder clip idea: First, even a large binder clip won't bite a large portion of a "perfect bound" book. There's a sort of fan-out that happens, and I find that a binder clip ...
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How to stop books closing themselves

I simply use a string. For example when playing piano and wanting to keep the book open on a certain page, I slip the book between the lid and a string that I always have around the lid.
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How can I organize books of many sizes for usability?

I had a similar problem. I've got a modular bookcase where you can place the shelves at varying heights. To maximize the number of books, I placed the shelves quite close together. That led to issues ...
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How would one digitize a thick book into a PDF version in the most time-efficient way, using only a camera and a computer?

You can convert your book to a PDF in about as much time as it will take you to read it through, maybe a bit longer. You will need a sheet of glass to hold the book, spread open, facing downward. ...
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How to stop books closing themselves

Binder clips fits perfectly for this application. They are also used for various other purposes.
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How can I remove gel (?) Ink from a book?

If all your attempts at removal fail or you do indeed damage the paper in an attempt at doing so, I suggest what I would have probably done instead of writing directly into the book: Use a matching (...
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Effective ways to dry out books?

The passive solution Put paper towels, tissue paper, toilet paper or anything that absorbs water well between every single page that got damp. Make sure that part of the paper towels stick out of the ...
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

Use a hair dryer and pull perpendicular. It softens the glue so that it stays on the sticker instead of the book. Glue residue can be removed with white spirits. However, some glues are really hard ...
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Physical Text To Digital Text

You can do this in stages. Start with putting everything online as page scans and updating as and when you can. The cerlox™ plastic comb binding makes taking it apart and putting it back into the ...
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How to store books in less than ideal conditions?

Know thy enemy Your books worst enemy is of course, humidity. Humidity is also conditio sine qua non for the dreaded mold that will happily munch on the cellulose leaving behind not much in the way ...
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How to stop books closing themselves

I am using hair clip when I need to hold the songbook while playing the piano. The advantage of this is mainly that it is large enough to hold the whole book and not only a few pages.
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How to stop books closing themselves

Just take a large rubber band that will fit over the book from side to side and once you have the page you want....slip the elastic over the book near the top. You can increase the number of elastics ...
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

1) Put the paper on a soft but firm surface like a piece of Styrofoam, or even a couple layers of corrugated cardboard (like from a cardboard box). 2) Open the stapler. Position the head where you ...
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How to keep books from slipping?

The normal solution is to use bookends: (random image picked from a 'bookends' image search) You can buy these, but you can also build them yourself. One option is to get a few pieces of wood in A4 ...
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How can a layperson decontaminate library books?

I assume this is due to coronavirus fear. Just Googling how long can the coronavirus last on surfaces, the answer is up to 5 days. Viruses are parasitic. They need a living host to survive and ...
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How can I organize books of many sizes for usability?

One option for marking the spot a book has been removed from is to insert a token of some sort: tab made from a manila folder or card stock, plastic tab, bookmark with tassel, etc. When a related ...
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How do I remove a musty smell from my books?

The musty smell of paper is very hard to remove. You could try a method that has proved effective, for me, personally. You cannot wash the book nor scrub the smell out of it without damaging the ...
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How to reuse a note book paper that can't blank?

There's a technique used in the old days called cross writing to write new material at a different angle across the existing lines of text on a piece of paper. A crossed letter is a manuscript ...
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How can I organize books of many sizes for usability?

My hack is for part of the question – replacing a book in its original position. Withdraw the adjacent book part way, so that you can see the place. If that is made awkward because neighbouring ...
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How to prevent and remove book fungus

Moisure is a problem for some 3D printer filaments. They are typically shipped in vacuum sealed bags with a small desiccant package within. Once opened, it can be challenging to keep the filament ...
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How do I remove a musty smell from my books?

Pages over time absorb moisture and depending on storage can get wonky over time. If the book is leather-bound, you can try polishing the book cover but the smell from the pages will still remain. ...
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

It can be folded open so you have just the head of the stapler, but no bottom "plate" that is engraved to make sure the staple itself folds shut when you press on it. If you can fold the stapler so ...
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How would one digitize a thick book into a PDF version in the most time-efficient way, using only a camera and a computer?

Here's what I did recently: Photograph every page individually in the sunshine with a digital camera/ smart phone. Make sure there are no shadows on the page, and hold them as flat as possible with ...
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

The easiest and cleanest way I have found for removing sticky residue is to "dab" the sticky side of a piece of tape against the sticky residue. It sticks to the tape and comes right off. This doesn'...
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

Peel off what you can, you can use a rubber to get rid of the rest of the label or spray with Mr Sheen or any spray furnitue polish. This will get rid of the glue residue.
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How to organize printouts of books?

Print shops offer binding service, where they drill holes through the pages and add hard covers. This should make the printed material as book-like and preservable as possible. However, I recommend ...
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How can I efficiently spot/track changes in a newer edition of the same book?

The easiest way would be to contact the authors.
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