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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Ion Book Saver makes fast work of scanning books

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January

(Las Vegas, Nevada - January 6, 2011- CES) - With all the tablets and e-readers coming out, a fast way to scan books and magazines will come in handy as we digitize more and more of our personal libraries. The Ion Book Saver is an ingenious, wedge-shaped camera cradle that fits in the gutter of a book. Just turn the page, place the cradle and make photos of the pages. Pages save to an SD card for easy transfer to your chosen book reader.

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The two included cameras make separate images of each page in rapid succession. Both cameras have a flash for good contrast and exposure. The Book Saver’s cradle is designed to the open pages down to get a flat, even surface. Book Saver takes only one second for every two pages for rapid copying of books. Pricing and availability was not released.

This is a cool gadget that will help us preserve everything from comic book collections to old yearbooks to out-of-print literature in private collections. Hopefully pricing will be set so that it will be affordable for individuals.

[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 2:12am]

    

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