Books are treasure troves of knowledge. As we have moved into the digital age, reading online has become the norm. This leaves a huge number of pre digital age books in libraries, but especially personal book collections, unavailable to a larger audience. Digitizing books also provides many means to analyse and produce very useful metadata.
However book scanners are expensive. Hence a DIY scanner would be ideal.
We can simultaneously learn a whole lot about imagers, imaging software, lighting and colours, rendition, mechanics etc.
We also have plenty of prior art to fallback upon and adapt to our local environments and needs.
A very good site is