There used to be the Siemens Pocket Reader which scanned text one line at a time.
It never caught on and is now discontinued (I think).
I have one. I cost me £10 - they were being sold off as obsolete stock. Frankly, it is more trouble than it's worth because of the errors it makes with even a slight straying off the line. Later it was issued with a straight edge guide to try and prevent this but, even so, it wasn't very practical to use.
If you're scanning in libraries it's much more convenient to use their photocopier.
You should be able to scan from books and journals with a normal flatbed scanner, I do. If it is quite a thick book don't put the lid down but hold the book flat by hand. I used to have a "Handheld Scanner" but it was difficult to keep the scan straight and the stitching was awful. I haven't seen a handheld scanner for years.
I have an old hand held scanner but the drivers are for win 95 and it worked sort off on 98 but I doubt if you will find any drivers for ME or XP. Flat beds are so much more convenient to use and cheap.
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