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Initial post: May 12, 2012 1:48:27 PM PDT
TheNoname says:
Is there any way to do this legally and without buying the kindle version from amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 1:59:28 PM PDT
Grimlock says:
Not really, no. At least not quickly. You'd have to scan the books yourself, and I'm not a lawyer so I couldn't tell you if that was legal or not.

I know some handheld scanners that seem targeted at books were in the works, but I didn't really pay attention to if they were coming out or not.

Posted on May 12, 2012 2:07:52 PM PDT
Probably legal but certainly not worth it (unless you consider your time and effort as having ZERO value)

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 2:46:14 PM PDT
Zanzibar says:
I would only try that for some really old paperbacks I have that are out of print in all forms and hard to find and probably won't be digitized. To do it efficiently, you'd have to pretty much destroy your book. But the old paperbacks aren't going to hold up forever either.

Posted on May 12, 2012 2:52:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 3:09:04 PM PDT
AC Sue says:
I've been tempted to do it when just one or two books in a series hadn't been Kindlized. There were two Agatha Christie books I was missing, but fortunately the ebook versions were released this year.

I'd still look into it if inexpensive automated scanners become available (although I haven't looked lately; maybe they're already here).

ETA: Here's a teleread article on a book scanning service -- expensive, but probably worth it if there is something you really want digitized and no digital copy exists to buy --
http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/review-of-bound-book-scanning-service-by-patricia-guth/

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 2:55:47 PM PDT
Zanzibar says:
I'll probably try that someday if/when the scanners get cheap and the OCR works well. I have a project I need to get to work on to convert my old photo slides and negatives to digital. I bought a little device made just for that purpose.

Too many projects.

Posted on May 12, 2012 3:16:12 PM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
If they're classics that are in the public domain, you can often find them and download them for free from a variety of sites, including Amazon. Project Gutenberg is another good source for free public domain books.

Posted on May 12, 2012 3:41:33 PM PDT
It's rather like expecting free CDs of music you have bought on cassettes--or 8-track.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 3:56:47 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Don't forget reel to reel....

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 4:40:29 PM PDT
AmeliaAT says:
LPs.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 5:56:14 PM PDT
Perry says:
Patrick T. Kelly says: "It's rather like expecting free CDs of music you have bought on cassettes"

Yeah, the music analogy works both ways though. The OP may be thinking like CD<->mp3s, or LPs<->cassettes, which people have been freely able to transfer without any added cost.

As mentioned already, people can freely scan their existing books into ebook format, pretty sure that within fair use. The OP may have some books that are in poor enough shape, that it wouldn't be an issue to remove the pages and run them through a scanner to get a digital version to load on his Kindle. I have a copier at work that can do this very quickly into a single pdf document.
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In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 6:05:59 PM PDT
Grimlock says:
True. I can see it being worth it in that situation, and other rare situations, but not most of the time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 6:16:05 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"Is there any way to do this legally and without buying the kindle version from amazon?"

Me - I'm waiting till these show up here on amazon and buying one for converting my DT stuff...

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