March madness…

For several months, I had been editing a new edition of a textbook (Atlas of the Canine Brain, ISBN 978-0-916182-17-5). This book was first published in Russian in 1959, then translated and published in English in 1964. Although the English book was for sale, the publishing company (NPP Books) had only a limited number of copies left. So, a Print-On-Demand (POD) version of the book was needed. Of course, in 1964 there were no personal computers. (Even in the early '70's, I was still using punched cards.) The book was written by typewritten on 8.5" by 11" paper, but the original manuscript, which also included the figures, was lost. Fortunately, the text and figures were recovered from the Russian and English books using a scanner and optical character recognition (OCR). Call me old fashioned, but it still seems quite remarkable that the technology exists to recover text from old books.
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