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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 ...


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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.


10

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 ...


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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....


10

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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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 ...


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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.


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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.


7

Binder clips fits perfectly for this application. They are also used for various other purposes.


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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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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 ...


6

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 ...


6

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 ...


6

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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


5

Try sitting on a chair, then putting a big cushion or pillow (or two) on your lap. The pillow will raise the book level higher, and you won't have to strain your arms or neck to read it.


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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.


5

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 ...


4

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. ...


4

How about using a paper clamp to hold either side together?


4

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.


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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.


3

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. 3) ...


3

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 ...


3

I have used cereal or granola bar boxes and cut the ends off of them. Many of the larger snack boxes are bigger and you can fit a few books in there. They don't last a terribly long time, as they themselves get banged up (instead of your books!) but they are cheap and easy to replace! You can tape them with duct tape for higher durability.


3

You can do a search of "book holders." I think most works best with hard-cover books, but certain models look like they will work well for paperback books as well, for example these two seem to have longer arms to keep the pages open ->


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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.


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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 letter which contains two separate sets of writing, one written over the other at right-angles. This was done during the early days of the postal system in the 19th ...


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What you could do: Burn the end of it slightly. This would make the end discolored, but would stop fraying and keep most of the color of the bookmark. This works if it is Nylon or similar. You could take a band, rubber or a hair band, and put it around the place of fraying, this would discourage more fraying and can look quite pretty. Braiding the fray ...


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