My first (manual) Book scanner

When I started to study the field of communication management, my university told me that all the Books I may need for my studies will be about 1400€

I couldn’t afford that, so I looked for other solutions and stumbled upon the book scanning community, which was rather small at that time. I looked at several different machines build by different people and decided to make my own, without planning much.

I was able to achieve speeds between 600 and 1000 pages per hour with this machine

The resulting machine is documented in great detail on my personal blog: DIY Bookscanner on