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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 can I transport a book in a backpack without getting the corners bent?

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 ...
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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

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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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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Easy way to scan a 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 ...
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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 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 do I read without getting getting a neck cramp?

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 ...
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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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Book holder for paperbacks

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 ...
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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 do I prevent a bookmark tassel from fraying?

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 ...
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How can I remove the bindings of this thick book?

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 ...
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How do I read without getting getting a neck cramp?

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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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 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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Easy way to remove the sticky pages of a book caused by being wet?

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 ...
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Book holder for paperbacks

How about using a paper clamp to hold either side together?
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How can I transport a book in a backpack without getting the corners bent?

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 ...
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How can I transport a book in a backpack without getting the corners bent?

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 ...
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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 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 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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