Hi all! My name is John, I go by jradi pretty much everywhere on the net.
I've been scanning books since 01, patiently using a slow epson flatbed about 15 seconds per 2 pages (pushed down hard on the platen). It wasn't a pretty job, but I just wanted to be able to read my books electronically. I first fell in love with ebooks with the original Rocket Ebook (REB1100), by Gemstar http://www.planetebook.com/mainpage.asp?webpageid=15&TBToolID=1067
. I still own a few of them but their Li-ion batteries won't stay charged for long. Since then I've owned and used the Franklin ebook, Handspring, Palms, Sony palm, Dell handheld, iphone and the Amazon Kindle. By far, my favorite remains the REB1100, but the kindle is a pretty sweet device. Still, because my iphone is always with me, it remains the device most used.
As for profession, ironically, I'm an intellectual property attorney. As far as I know, there hasn't been any case law directly on point about scanning books. I have a feeling that the courts would be ok with it, so long as you don't post your converted material online. I'm actually thinking about researching and writing an article on the topic, I'd love to get some feedback from you guys when I get around to it. (First build scanner, then scan books, then read and enjoy a few books, then get around to the article)...