On Mar 3, 2014, at 10:54 AM, Aaron Rubinstein wrote:

> Hi all, 
> We’re looking to purchase a book scanner and I was hoping to get some recommendations from those who’ve had experience.

I don't have experience, but a couple of years back, a group started selling kits to make book scanners:

It's $500+shipping, and missing some parts (glass, cameras, paint), but it means that instead of carpentry skills, you just need experience assembling things.