Book Scanning: The Ultimate Space Saver

February 27th, 2015

Are you struggling for space in your home or office and are considering selling, giving away or even destroying the books you have stored? Before you do, check out this much better solution.

Let’s take a look at some book facts-

  • There are 129,864,880 different books in the world today. (Naturally this number is always increasing but is correct at the time of writing.)

  • Around 150,000 books are published each year in the UK alone.

Just imagine how much space those books take up in their physical form!

When people downsize or just want to free up some space, books tend to be some of the first casualties finding themselves on tables at car boot sales or even rotting away on landfill sites. Their owners then have nothing left of the book but memories but that doesn’t have to be the case.

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Book scanning offers readers the chance to keep their much loved books in a hugely space saving way. Digital books take up virtual space in the form of megabytes rather than costly and much needed physical space in offices, libraries and houses up and down the country. E-books are not really a new fad anymore having been widely available for over a decade now. You are almost certainly familiar with the idea of electronic reading but what some people don’t realise is that you can actually scan old books to store them digitally on Kindles, iPads and other kinds of eReaders too.

Manchester Central Library were recently criticised for destroying around 240,000 books during their renovation work. While the library defended their actions saying the books included “duplicates, paperback editions where the library held a hardback copy, ‘coffee table’ books, multiple editions, out of date text books, material now available as an electronic resource, items in poor physical condition ,items with missing sections and chapters, foreign language information material and out of date directories and year books.”, we can’t help but think that they may have benefited from digitising the entire archive before destroying them. This would also help to prove what was destroyed. What do you think?

Other Advantages of Digitising Books

As well as being a very effective space saving solution, scanning books also offers more advantages;

  • Holding digital copies of books, particularly delicate or historical ones, will safeguard a copy of the information should anything happen to the original.
  • Digital books also offer more flexibility than their physical counterparts with the ability to carry a huge range of your favourites on one device to be read whenever and wherever without weighing down your bags.
  • Damaged books can not only be saved with book scanning but there can also be opportunities to restore some parts with digital restoration.
  • Digital books have a potentially wider audience with the ability to access them around the world.
  • As I’ve mentioned in a previous article, digital books provide a lifeline for people who are visually impaired and can have the books electronically read to them.

Book Scanning Services

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a fully bespoke book scanning service which can be tailored to suit the needs of each client. We provide both destructive and non-destructive book scanning to a range of formats including Kindle, ePub, iBook, Flipping Book and standard PDF. For more information about the different kinds of book scanning we offer, browse our website and related articles or get in touch today for a free, no obligation quote.

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