Posted by: Tony Carson | 22 October, 2007

On scanning books

Anyone who has ever scanned anything knows what a pain in the ass it can be. So how and who is scanning the millions of books Google, Microsoft and others are planning to put on-line?

I did a Google search ‘How to scan books’ but nothing much came up except this ad for workers that included this line: ‘A high tolerance for repetitive tasks and attention to detail is necessary.’ God, no kidding. Here it is:

Help the Internet Archive digitize public domain books!

The Internet Archive seeks book scanning operators to digitize books at our scanning center in the East Bay. A high tolerance for repetitive tasks and attention to detail is necessary. Previous imaging experience not necessary. We are looking for people who are patient, conscientious and detail-oriented, and have the ability to work both alone and in a team environment. Basic knowledge of computers, e-mail, and spreadsheets required. Must be able to lift and move stacks of books (5-15 lbs each) short distances, sit at a scribe station for the duration of the shift, and use a foot pedal to raise and lower a glass platen.

We are currently recruiting scanners for the evening (4:30 – midnight) shift.


Starting pay $11/hr. Medical plan eligibility after three months.

Anyone know how it is done and the perfection rate?

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