How to turn your bookshelf into an e-book library: Digitizing all of your books

digitizing-books-scannedSince I moved to the US, I collected around 350 books. I love books and the thought of giving them up is not a pleasant thought.

Each time I used to move from an apartment to another, the majority of boxes would be packed with books. Each time I travel somewhere for a long period, I miss being able to grab a book from my bookshelf and start reading (most of my books are old and they do no exist in digital format anyway). It is clear that I have attachment to those books.

To break this attachment, I had to make a couple of decisions. The first was whether to just forget about the books, leave them on the shelves and get myself busy with another chore. The other decision was whether to scan and /or give away the books. With that came other questions like how to scan books and convert them to eBooks, what methods to use, how much efforts would it take to convert the books, etc.

I decided to get rid of the books and the trim down on the space they occupy. For the reasons outlined later in this blog post, I chose to destructively scan my books. By scanning the books, I get a digital and searchable copy of my books (in PDF format).

In this blog post, I will share with you different ways you can use to digitize books and then the remainder of this blog post will illustrate how I destructively digitized all of my books and what tools I used. Continue reading

Ten Basic Rules for Better Living

I just finished reading the short pamphlet by Manly P. Hall entitled “Ten Basic Rules For Better Living” and I would like to share with you briefly the ten rules, however I highly advise that you buy the pamphlet and read it in details, in contains little precious gems.

ten-basic-rules Continue reading

Good bye 2014, Hello 2015

Image Source: www.alltechbuzz.netHello Readers,

This year was riddled by lots of ups and downs. Year after year I am learning to accept what life has to offer and how to be more patient and optimistic.

It seems that everything, no matter how bad it looks, is there to teach me a lesson. Life seems to always remind of this nice story.

These are the worthwhile things I accomplished this year: Continue reading