For those who love books and have recently gotten a new eReader like the Nook or Kindle, this is a device you just might come to love. This futuristic looking machine, allows you to turn any paper book into an electronic book or eBook. Then you can load all of those books onto your eReader.
Most electronic materials whether it be music, audiobooks, or eBooks are governed by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which prohibits making copies of digital works for any purpose other than your own use. Remember when you used to loan a book to a friend? Well, under the DMCA you can’t except in very limited situations like Barnes and Nobles LendMe™ App. The same restrictions don’t apply to paper books.
The Book Saver by Ion allows you to copy paper books that you own into digital books. Those eBooks can then be read on your eReader. For those who have spent a lifetime accumulating books, this device allows you to downsize your bookshelves without losing your books.
At the moment, Ion doesn’t say what format or formats the Book Saver will use for eBooks. Since the Nook and Kindle use different formats, which are still different from yet other eReaders, multiple formats for saving your newly converted books would seem to be necessary.
The device works by providing a book cradle where you place your book. Then the top part of the device holds the book open and will scan two pages in one second. The scanned pages are saved to an SD card for quick upload to your eReader or computer. The top part of the device has a flash so that the entire page is properly illuminated for scanning.
Most eBooks that you purchase online come with Digital Rights Management (DRM) built into it so that you can’t share it others unless you give them your computer or eReader. Some sites like Webscriptions.net allow you to purchase one book in multiple formats that lack DRM.
ION also makes recording devices that allow you to record your old vinyl records, VCR tapes, and cassettes to your computer or external hard drive so that the you don’t lose music for which you have already paid. The music and books when they are converted from their original forms of vinyl or paper don’t contain DRM protections and can then be lent like the vinyl record or paper book you copied. Regular copyright protections still apply like not copying the book or record for commercial use. The RIAA and most publishers would probably also say that the DMCA also applies.
When you purchase digital forms of any type of media there usually, although not always, is DRM built in and warnings that sharing the media with anyone else is punishable by law. Just as Jammie Thomas-Rasset who was fined $222,000 for sharing 24 songs over the internet. In other words she paid $9,250 for sharing songs that she owned.
The Book Saver is not letting you do anything with your paper book that is not legal. Making a copy for yourself is fine. But if you decide to share a copy of that book, you probably ought to lend the paper copy and keep the digital one for yourself. As Jammie Thomas-Rasset can tell you, it costs way too much to try to fight the media conglomerates.