Good afternoon from Denver!
I've been a long-time lurker on this community, wishing to build a scanner to digitize my ever-increasing library of books. I'm an academic researcher in the communications discipline, and I find myself reading academic journals on a daily basis both for work and personal interest. Thanks to the iPad, I've created a digital research workflow that saves me from printing forests worth of articles only to leave the lonely annotated documents wasting away in a filing cabinet. In light of this digital discovery, I've been seeking ways to digitize my library, both at work and at home. Reading on the iPad has changed my life, not only by digitizing my research library, but by saving my back from carrying around stacks of papers on a daily basis.
Over the years, I've managed to accumulate an ever-increasing library of books. I love reading for knowledge, I love sharing that knowledge, and I love referencing that knowledge in my academic pursuits. As much as I would love carrying all my bookshelves around with me, I'm certainly not strong or crazy enough to do so. As such, with the advent of ebook readers, I know that it's possible to carry all that knowledge with me. This, then, is my goal.
I've looked over countless plans available in this community, and the one thing I've seen missing is aesthetic appeal. I want to build a scanner, and I want to build something I can be proud of. I want a device I can display in my library; one that is pragmatic in its application and beautiful in appearance. Dan's most recent (as of this writing) CNC designs are a step in the right direction. That design is one which I would feel proud to display.
I don't know of any other members in the Denver area, but I would love to work with other people in achieving these goals. I'm hoping that I can find another member with access to a CNC machine who I could pay to mill the parts. I look forward to contributing to the community here with my experiences and improvements, as I certainly love coming up with new ideas to improve everything I encounter.
Dan, thanks for putting this community together. You've filled a hole in my life that the iPad created, and I'm grateful.