In the future, a fully digitized civilization will look back at our paperback books in much the same way as we see stone tablets now, archaic and wholly unnecessary. While e-books are slowly overtaking paper copies in popularity, there remains a problem: why should I pay for a digital version if I already have the book?
Of course, one can scan in every single volume in the personal library, but the BookLiberator DIY kit hopes to make the process much simpler. By fixing dual point-and-shoot cameras to a glass frame, you can store two pages at a time as images and then compile them into an e-book.
However, you'll still need to physically turn the pages over, so be prepared to do some real work in bringing your collection into the digital world, especially if you like to read tomes.
BookLiberator includes the hardware, plus open-source software for turning images into user-friendly files in a variety of formats. When it becomes available, the BookLiberator DIY kit is expected to cost $120 without the two cameras, or $200 when bundled with the shooters. Check out the video below to see how it works.