Wow, the Japanese are pretty awesome:
After his son was born in 2009, Satoshi Tagomori started having nightmares that the bookshelves lining his cramped living room would rain heavy tomes on the infant. Armed with a cutting board, the 28-year-old pharmaceutical company employee chopped his 850 titles to fit inside a cheap scanner and converted each book into a PDF file. His library now lives in his preferred tablet computer, a Samsung Galaxy Tab. “There was just no more room for books when my son was born,” he says. . . .
Seriously, 850 books? I can hardly work up the energy to scan an essay to PDF. And apparently, this guy isn’t alone.
Some Japanese, such as Tagomori, are doing the scanning on their own. Fujitsu’s PFU scanner-manufacturing subsidiary says sales of its consumer models rose 80 percent in June, the month after the iPad was released, and more than doubled the following month. The Tokyo-based company had to charter special flights from its China factories to meet demand, according to Tadashi Oura, PFU’s head of marketing.