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The Book Liberator: Taking a Page from Every Book, Literally

You're forgiven if you've never thought of a book as being stuck inside its own covers. A few years ago, TV still lived in a box (which was still...

You're forgiven if you've never thought of a book as being stuck inside its own covers. A few years ago, TV still lived in a box (which was still boxy), and a few decades ago, recorded music existed at 20 minutes a side. Now James Vasile, along with fellow designers Ian Sullivan and Karl Fogel, is looking to do for humble hardbacks what's already been done for other media-extract them, and get them onto laptops. That's the thinking behind their Book Liberator, a scanning rig built out of cheap materials and designed to house the digital camera that, as Vasile says, "you already have in your pocket."

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