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I have a scanned book as images compressed into a PDF file and I want to keep the book as is, but would like to extract the text from the images, so that it would be possible to select/copy it.

Is there a way to to this under Linux?

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You need to extract the text with optical character recognition program (OCR). This should give you an overview what is available under linux https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OCR .

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