spreads is a tool that aims to streamline your book scanning workflow. It takes care of every step: Setting up your capturing devices, handling the capturing process, downloading the images to your machine, post-processing them and finally assembling a variety of output formats.
Along the way you can always fine-tune the auto-generated results either by supplying arguments beforehand, or by inspecting the output and applying your modifications.
spreads is meant to be fully customizable. This means, adding support for new devices is made as painless as possible. You can also hook into any of the spread commands by implementing one of the available workflow hooks in a plugin, and you can even add completely new commands and/or user interfaces, if you want to.
spreads can be easily installed from PyPi:
$ pip install spreads
spreads offers an interactive wizard that takes you from a physical book to a digitized version in one single workflow with minimal user input:
$ spread wizard ~/my_scanning_project
If you are more comfortable working with a GUI, a graphical version of the wizard is included as well:
$ spread gui
Refer to the Command-Line Reference if you want to explore further commands and options.
In case you’re wondering about the choice of mascot, the figure depicted is a Benedictine monk in his congregation’s traditional costume, sourced from a series of etchings the German artist Wenceslaus Hollar did in the 17th century on the robes of various religious orders. The book he holds in his hand is no accident, but was carefully chosen by the artist: The Benedictines used to be among the most prolific copiers of books in the middle-ages, preserving Europe’s written cultural heritage, book spread for book spread, in a time when a lot of it was in danger of perishing. spreads wants to help you do the same in the present day. Furthermore, the Benedictines were (and still are) very active missionaries, going out into the world and spreading ‘the word’. spreads wants you to do the same with your digitized books (within the boundaries of copyright law, of course).