6a017ee66ba427970d01bb09009c2f970d-500wiI’ve often pondered what application 3D printing might have for book production. I’m still pondering. It’s such a neat technology — but I think I have to admit that 3D printing is not likely to be any help in book making.

But scanning, the first step in the 3D printing process — that’s a different story. The British Library Asian and African Studies blog has a post about scanning books in 3D so that you can examine them from all sides on a computer. Click on that link and you can see a couple of examples which you can look at from all sides. Drag your cursor to rotate the object.

Another step towards making a virtual trip to the library (almost) as good as going there in person.