I just saw this on Boing Boing, and I am freaking out a little over how badly I want this thing. This is the ultimate toy for an Academic.
Plustek’s new OpticBook 3600 is a low-cost scanner optimized for scanning books — it has a little shelf-thing at the edge that makes it easier to get the book flatter, and some kind of “Shadow Elimination Element” to correct for the distortion and shadow cast by the hump of the book at the spine. Link (via Gizmodo)
With the scanner: