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Let me start with a little background information. My college has a service for students with various disabilities where we'll basically take their textbooks, cut the pages out of their binding, run them through a document scanner, and then finally convert the resulting image files to various formats (MS Word, PDF, Kurzweil, etc). I'll be graduating soon and I've been spoiled by being able to actually, you know, read books rather than squint at the pages for a while until I give myself a headache from eye strain. Thus, I've decided to explore what it'd take to duplicate this service for myself. A suitable scanner and OCR software are easy enough to come by, but getting the physical pages separated so the scanner can handle them is something I have no clue about--that part of the job gets outsourced to the printing services department of the university so I've never been able to see what exactly they do. I will try to find out from them directly but in the meantime I'm hoping someone here might have a (possibly cheaper?) method than whatever they'd use. I'd think something like this scaled up a fair bit to handle several hundred page books might work reasonably well, but there's probably something I'm overlooking.
Before anyone mentions it, something like a Kindle, Audible.com, or BookShare.org would almost certainly be easier (and generally cheaper), but none of these options have complete selections and each has its own flaws in addition to that.
tl:dr I wish to remove book pages from their binding to feed through a document scanner. What is the best, cleanest, cheapest way to do this? I want to be able to handle everything from paperbacks to large textbooks. I do not care much about preserving the books any longer than it takes to run them through the scanner although I'm certainly open to suggestions for what to do with them after the fact. For example, I've seen guides to rebinding books by hand but I haven't actually read any of them.