Scanning microfiche?

From: Clint Wolff <>
Date: Sat Jul 29 17:17:11 2000

Chris has hit the nail squarely on the head, and driven it clean
through the board, although his calculations are off... Most of
the fiche I have are between 20-50 images each, and I have LOTS.
I haven't ever done a count, but I estimate around 4000.

So, 4000 fiche * 25 pages per (easy math) = 100000 pages = $7000

I can buy a scanner for that, and rent it out to all the other
wackos who collect antique ficheys when I'm done :)


PS I'm in colorful Colorado...

On Sat, 29 Jul 2000, Christian Fandt wrote:

> Upon the date 10:43 AM 7/29/00 -0700, Chuck McManis said something like:
> >At 08:05 AM 7/29/00 -0400, you wrote:
> >
> >Do what I did and send it to a shop that specializes in scanning
> >microfiche. .07/page and it comes back on CD-ROM in TIFF files.
> What type of shop, Chuck? Kwik Kopy or some such? I've got several sheets
> of non-computer related fiche I'd like to get printed sometime and plopped
> onto a CD-ROM.
> As for the $0.07 per page, maybe Tim should indeed buy his own scan/copying
> machine for many thousands of bucks. A quick cipher based on Tim's
> hypothetical scenario ("OK, let's say I've got a couple thousand sheets of
> microfiche, 4" x 5". Each sheet contains ~200 paper pages of text and
> drawings.") yields a cost of ~$28k. Whew! Hmmm, he could buy a nice small
> car plus several years worth of gasoline for that money and drive to the
> library any time he wanted to view them <bg>.
> Interesting thread.
> Regards, Chris
> -- --
> Christian Fandt, Electronic/Electrical Historian
> Jamestown, NY USA
> Member of Antique Wireless Association
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