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Monday, October 08, 2007

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Alex Tolley

I recall a WSJ article about scanning documents - I think it was household bills. The author very quickly hired a school kid to do the scanning - a very long and very boring process.

I do convert book audio tapes to mp3 files. The time consuming part is finding the chapter breaks so that each chapter is a separate file. This requires using software to view the waveforms as clues to where the chapters start, and editing the files. Joins between tapes also need to be made, sometimes cutting out the repeated sentence. I have found that it works best if you have access to the book too as the text provides a good guide to expected length of the audio segment and one can use the text as an aid to locating the chapter breaks in the audio file.

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