On my first trek through the SLA Exhibit Hall, I was attracted to a clicking sound in Booth 907. As I walked closer, I was mesmerized by what I saw. It was a Kirtas APT BookScan 2400, which was busily scanning a hefty book, page by page. "The Kirtas APT BookScan 2400 can scan 2,400 pages in an hour, both color and black-and-white pages," according to Kenneth Sepos, regional sales manager for Kirtas Technologies, Inc. Sepos gave me a crash course in the digitization process, pointed out how fast and how delicately the machine turns the pages, no matter how fragile the bound volume has become. The book scanner "incorporates two, high-end, 16.6 megapixel digital SLR cameras, each dedicated to either left or right pages," according to the literature. Proof is in the results too. Sepos has one example of the scanning process. In Once Upon a Time: A Book of Old-Time Tales, a book first published in 1921, digitization has brought the tattered copy of the original book back to life. The book’s original illustrations were rescanned and unretouched, but the text was reinstated to easy-to-read, crisp, black text on heavy ivory book paper stock. "The scanner can make sure that no book, no matter what it is, is lost to the reading public," said Sepos. And as the introduction to the reprinted volume of fairy tales said, the process can make sure that "delightful and timeless stories … live happily ever after." Stop by the booth to see the scanner in action, or check out the video at www.kirtastech.com.
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