Need 20 books scanned, OCRed and proofed. Robots need not apply.
September 30, 2010 4:54 PM Subscribe
I need to have about 20 novels scanned, OCRed and professionally proofed for conversion to ebooks. Destructive scanning is acceptable. Have you had recent experiences with a company that provides such a service? What did it cost, and how was their proofing?
posted by mumkin to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This is for an author who has regained the rights to her earlier works, so copyright-wise it's completely kosher.
Google finds me several places in India that offer scanning, OCRing, and proofing as a service, but they all seem a bit sketch. Given that their own sites' copy could use serious correction, it doesn't instill confidence in the fruit of outsourced proofing. Since it's the proofing that matters most, I'm reluctant to take the risk.
There are plenty of domestic companies that advertise book scanning services, but that's the easiest part — I can buy a sheet-fed scanner and do that myself, at a rate of about 3 books/hour. I can also pipe all of those files through ABBYY FineReader for OCRing. What I can't do (economically) is spend what I figure to be ~12 hrs per book proofing the OCRed version and cleaning up the documents.
So, hope me, MeFi. Tell me about the company you have used to convert printed books into well-punctuated and spell-checked digital files. Because really, if I don't have to saw off spines, sheet-feed, collate and whatnot myself, I'm cool with not doing that.
Alternatively, if I do do all the digital conversion myself, what's the going rate — and your recommendation — for someone to proof about 7,000 pages of OCRed mystery novels?