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 ...
Get an old VHS tape at a thrift store -- should cost less than a dollar. Be sure to select the kind with a snap-closed clamshell case, not those that just slide the cassette into a sleeve. Pull out the tape and discard it (or watch it, if you have a VHS machine and found a title you like). Put the book where the tape was, close the case, and your book is ...
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 holders.
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 won't hold more than about 50 pages. So I clip the binder on the lower (or upper) edge of the book.
Second, the binder clip alone doesn't hold most books open....
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 with keeping books organized: books from the same author with different heights would end up on different shelves.
I ended up increasing the space between ...
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.
Photograph the book through a sheet of glass to keep the spread pages flat. The glass becomes the subject image plane.
Your camera will face toward the open book ...
If you don't mind destroying the book: cut off the binding. Now you have a stack of loose pages you can run through a document feeder.
Or you can build a book scanner. I've seen scanners that include an automatic page flipper, but even by hand, you should be able to scan up to 1 page spread per second.
Though I haven't tried them there are prism reading glasses that might make it more comfortable (something like this, perhaps), or you might try large print text that would allow a more comfortable reading position. Could the issue be tenseness, however? Try relaxation techniques.
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 (as in "looks good together", not as in "is identical") paper and create a name plate similar to a sticker or bookplate / ex-libris.
Write the name of the ...
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 book to transport moisture from inside the book to outside.
Close the book and turn it so the damp side faces down.
If possible, but a sturdy board that is ...
Binder clips might work, but a chip clip might work even better. The length of the chip clip might be more suitable for keeping the book open.
I don't happen to have a chip clip handy, but I just tested my theory with a pants hanger, which seemed to work fine, and might even be a better option still. (I think the style on the right might be better for ...
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 and some stickers are really fragile, so YMMV.
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 binding easy.
As the printing appears to be normal serif type in the same size, the scans can be digitized by using Optical Character Recognition software. OCR can ...
Pour some thin (!) cyanoacrylate glue (superglue) on the end of the tassel, at the point where it starts fraying. The tassel will absorb the glue; use just enough that the glue is spread along the full width and depth of the tassel. The glue must be thin enough for the capillary effect to work. CA gel is too thick.
The glue keeps the threads together and ...
The easiest way to take that book apart would be to cut off the tops of the staples, and then remove a few pages at a time starting with the first page and flipping them over as you remove them to keep them in the same order.
In order to do this, you can try inserting the blade of a small flat screwdriver in between the first page and under the top of the ...
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 of a cultural legacy for future humans enslaved by Skynet. The details provided on your question indicate that temperature may not be a concern, since it falls ...
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 reproduce. If you are that worried, seal the book in a plastic bag for a week, so it cant be touched. After the week is up, the book will be virus free.
Ultimately, the best course is to buy a new one, but if you must keep this one, try this:
Get the book wet again. The pages will loosen, and you can dry them out carefully as described here. If you need them flat, you can iron them after they were dry. You can do several pages at once if you want, to save time. Or you can just leave them wrinkled.
Get hold of some of the cardboard folders/envelopes/mailers that Amazon and similar companies send books out in. These are specifically designed to keep books from damage. It will add a little to the weight of your backpack but so would almost any other solution.
If you don't have any yourself, ask around. A lot of people keep them for recycling or re-use. ...
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 want the staple to go through the paper. Quickly smack the stapler head with your hand to stick a staple through the pages, into the soft + firm surface.
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 for larger books or slip a chop stick under the elastic for more rigidity and stiffness.
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 size and attach them to the wall (or to your existing shelf on the left) vertically, then insert the books and binders between them.
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 volume must be stored elsewhere, perhaps a reference object (piece of manila folder, card stock, etc.) with the location marked.
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 pages. Spraying deodorants or fragrance sprays will mostly corrode the pages also. So what can you do? Why don't you try Camphor.
What is Camphor?
Camphor is a ...