Have you tried using the spot healing brush to erase the text or creating a mask to place over them?
Two masks (made quickly in Select and Mask) to separate the pages from the background and the girl.
Then for the white pages, a curve to lift the white and little bit of healing - I repainted the shadow with a quick brush stroke on a layer set to luminosity
For the girl I cloned some of her skin onto the layer above and blurred it, clipping it to the layer below to prevent any blur from extending onto the white.
Not perfect but quick and hides much of the issue.
I think you are trying to rid yourself of the ghosted image on the right page. You need to select only the white of the page. Maybe select the type on the right page, with contiguous off then use the marquee tool to select the remainder of the image that is not the white of the right page. Once you have the selection of the to be masked area, then inverse your selection. With the new selection add a level adjustment layer. Change the properties of the adjustment layer to get to your desired effect. I like adjustment layers since both the layer mask & adjustment properties are changeable.
This picture above I did a little different. I used the blue channel to make my selection.
- copy the blue channel
- fix the blue channel with levels adjustment (no gray on the page on the right except for the black text)
- load the selection. Deselect the remainder of the image that is not the right page. (You could also paint black into the channel before you load the selection, so it will be the masked area)
- add the adjustment layer and make the changes. (I tried both a fill layer & a level adjustment layer)
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The good old trick used when scanning magazines and papers could help here, too. You have to put black paper behind the paper. That minimizes the see-through effect.
Second on the black-backing advice of K’mo.
Very good advice. Often the best way to fix things in Photoshop is to fix them before they reach Photoshop