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Best way of digitally saving printed poems?

MorranMorran Registered User regular
edited February 2017 in Help / Advice Forum
My great grandfather was somewhat of a poet. He used to write songs, speeches and poetry for various family occasions.

My grandfather (and other relatives) collected his work in a few binders (both handwritten and machine written pages) over time.

We are now in the process of cleaning out my grandparents house, and I'm thinking about how best to preserve/share these documents.

I'm thinking of both photographing the pages (since some of them are in his own handwriting), and maybe saving the text in some convenient format which can easily be shared among family.

Is my best option just to take the photographs, and write stuff in e.g. Word and then dump it in some Google folder? I would like, if possible, to have some kind of indexing to allow to search through time, and possibly topic (e.g. "poem", "song", "speech" etc).

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    I think the best option would be to get a cheap scanner and scan them into your computer.
    It would probably get you better results than photographing. (Granted, my phones got some years on it so it doesn't have a great camera, but I can't take a legible picture of a document with the thing.)

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Scanning will be better.

    If you type them into Google Docs, they'll be fully searchable. I'd probably make a public/limited access folder on Drive and maybe create sub folders as well.

    You could then attach the scanned originals with the docs, keeping the same name.

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  • PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    Relevant search term: optical character recognition.

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  • Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Surreal. Immersive. Earth.Registered User regular
    A Pen-type Scanner:

    ^There should be various makes & models of OCR scanning pens available on Amazon etcetera. It depends on your budget.

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  • MorranMorran Registered User regular
    Thanks for the advice! I'm slightly hesitant of OCR and that pen, since (as i recall) a lot of the pages are handwritten.

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