What If You Could Convert All Your Books into eBooks?

As I was staring at my book shelf looking for something to read, it dawned on me that that it would be so convenient to have all my books converted to eBooks so that I could read them on a kindle.

I don’t know about you but I am one of those people that likes to re-read some books over and over again. One of my faves is “Fools Die” by Mario Puzo. I have read that book so many times that I am afraid the pages will crumble in my hands. It would be great if I could send that book to a service or a machine that would transform it into an eBook so that I could keep reading it for a very long time.

Now, some of you might say why don’t you just buy it on Kindle and avoid the cost of having this converted to eBook? Well there are a few reasons:

Fools Die is not available in a Kindle format yet and there is really no guarantee that it will ever be.
– I don’t see why I would have to pay the cost of a full Kindle book when I already freaking own it.

The only sticking points for such a service to exist would be cost and publisher rights. Cost is an issue because the service would have to cost no more than a penny a page, otherwise it becomes expensive really quick. As for publishers, they would probably not allow a service to copy their books.

I think a potential solution would be a sort of personal DVR for books that would easily scan any book that you insert in there and export it in a Kindle or iPad format for personal use only. I am pretty sure that such a technology exists today. It just needs to be commercialized. I even have a name for it: Bivo – The Tivo For Books. I would shell out a couple of hundred bucks for that.

What do you think? Would you buy a Bivo if such a thing existed?

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  • http://amckiereads.wordpress.com Amy

    I would totally buy such a device! Know what else I want? Something that prints out a Kindle book into a paper book. I hate when I’m in the middle of a great book on the Kindle and want to, say, take a bath. I don’t really trust myself around water with Kindle…

    Anyway. Got off topic there 😉 I think if you own a book getting a free eBook version is a great idea – you can share real books, can’t share eBooks, so that version is more secure anyway. A ridiculously large portion of my books will probably never be available in eBook version because they are random and obscure non-fiction titles.

    Oh, and I would also shell out some serious cash for that device. Had to mention that in case some developer is looking at this and wondering at market potential!

    • http://www.daemonsbooks.com/author/eric/ Eric

      Interesting idea on having a device that also prints out paper versions of ebooks. Might be a bit of a bulky solution.

      Maybe one day they can come up with a virtual hologram a la Minority Report that can project the book you are reading wherever you are.

      …maybe i am getting ahead of myself here. :)

    • http://amckiereads.wordpress.com Amy

      Yep that could work too (virtual hologram a la Minority Report)!

  • John

    I found the Bivo!! It scans books to PDF and prints out sheets from all sorts of formats.

    Its called… wait for it…

    a modern-day copier. Durh! Give your local Canon rep a call.

    Problem solved. Its what I do.

    • http://www.daemonsbooks.com/author/eric/ Eric

      Ha. Thanks for the idea, John.

      Problem with that is the lack of convenience and also cost. Even a penny a page can start adding up if you have a lot of books.

  • Adam

    Absolutely! I would purchase that the second I could afford it.

    I used to work for the disability center for my old university up in Humboldt County doing pretty much what you’re looking for. We would chop off the spine of the book, run it through a high speed copier that would save the photos to a computer. Then we would use a combination of adobe acrobat and some proprietary text recognition software to convert the photocopied images of the pages into editable text. That way students with a hearing impairment could listen to the text through Acrobat’s read-out-loud technology.

    Cool stuff. I just wish it didn’t take so long. Complex textbooks such as a math text or business texts had too many damned pictures and freaky italicized text. It’s amazing what text recognition software will do when turning a pie chart into text.

    Long story short, a little too late, it takes a lot to do what you’re talking about. If you find something of the sort please send me an email. There is nothing worse than having to search an index for a word when you could simply press Ctrl-F and find the word you’re looking for.

    We’re just too technologically evolved for this crap! It’s time to get on with it already.

  • James

    If you work at an office and have access to a fancy digital copier you can bring your books to work, break off the spine and cover and just feed all the pages into it. Make sure that digital only is selected because you don’t want the copier spitting out another hard copy of your book.