Hu, C., Quinn, A., Rose, A., Bederson, B., Arisaka, T.
We describe a system that enhances the readability of scanned
picture books. Motivated by our website of children’s books in
the International Children's Digital Library, the system separates
textual from visual content which decreases the size of the image
files (since their quality can be lower) while increasing the quality
of the text by displaying it as computer-generated text instead of
an image. This text-background separation combines image
processing and human validation in an efficient manner and
results in a system that not only is more readable, but also
accessible, searchable, and translatable.
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