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Old 06.04.2011, 21:01
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Scanning guide books to save weight

In a previous thread I was given good advice on saving weight by getting a suitable lighter laptop. I am back for more good advice, please!

Last year I brought about half a dozen guide books with me to Switzerland, and they really weighed me down

This year I am thinking of scanning the relevant sections (say 100 pages or so) into my computer. I have exactly zero experience with scanners so need advice from those who know. Does this make sense? Any suggestions as to models and software?

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Old 06.04.2011, 21:10
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Re: Scanning guide books to save weight

The guide books aren't available as an electronic download..? (ebooks)
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Re: Scanning guide books to save weight

Only two out of the half dozen or so books I would like to consult.

Hmm ... Another approach is to prune my selection of books. Do I really need four (count 'em, FOUR) guidebooks for the Valais, a region I know pretty well?
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Re: Scanning guide books to save weight

Be really radical and rip them apart. Bring only the pages you need.
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Old 06.04.2011, 21:51
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Re: Scanning guide books to save weight

I use my digital camera when I want to keep a copy of some stuff from books or magazines.

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Re: Scanning guide books to save weight

Scanning a few pages onto a laptop would be preferable to carrying several books. I have also photographed occasional things for reference. I recall one particular occasion when this came in useful. I took a picture of a route map of the paths around Mount Pelerin that was very handy.

There are quite a few guides available for iPhone/iPod/iPad. I have over 30 Swiss Apps. on my iPod and several generic ones that I may also refer to.

If you have a laptop, then keeping a list of relevant websites in 'Favourites' would be useful.

I have several guide books and use them for ideas in advance at home. Once I am in Switzerland, I think I would find them a distraction. There is no shortage of information available locally.
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