Digitizing Old Newspapers (PCC)

As announced earlier, Bob Leedom sent me a big box with ther first 36 issues of Peoples Computer Company Newsletters. Today I want to talk about the process of digitizing these.

The PCC have a format that does not allow them to be scanned with my flatbed scanner. despite the size, the paper paper has a near rotten quality and is dissolving. It was never meant to last 50 years I guess.

So I set up a booth with a black backgroung, a LED lighting and m Canon eos M-100 for taking pictures, page by page. I also need to cover the paper always with a glass pane as PCC was folded twice when being sent 1972-1976.

After taking pictures with identical light, exposure time and aperture, a software called Booksoerber is used to complete the process of cuttung and optimizing the light.

The result is huge. Each PDF has the size of 120 - 160 MB. Right now I have to decide how far I want to 'optimize' the quality. Option one: The original yellow paper (more orange meanwhile) Option two: A white balanced black and white version, that looks nothing like the original. Option three: both (takes a lot of time...)

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The next question is wether the PDF's should be OCR'ed. This takes nearly one houre on my old PC for one document and the results are, well, not really exact.