Knowing the Right Book Scanning Company
Despite an increasing number of people buying iPads and Kindles, there’s still a certain something about a hard copy book. Similar to a computer geek playing with a Commodore 64, people who read books are aware that there are modern alternatives out there, but choose not to adapt with others. A lot of this is to do with the romanticism of books as well as the feel and smell of the paper in their hands as they turn page after page.
However, even the purists out there will have to admit that digitising books is an important process, if not for making books available to all regardless of location and time, but for the sheer fact that classics need to be preserved.
Book scanning has been increasingly popular over the years. When out of publication books come back into demand the only real way to get them digital for republishing and eBook distribution is to get them scanned, OCR processed and made digital.
Here at Pearl Scan, we have seen some old and amazing books passing through in less desirable conditions and brought back to life through a simple and inexpensive service like this. We have brought old bibles back to life and long forgotten novels have been given a second breath of life into beautiful editions that would have been lost to time otherwise.
So the main question is; how do you select a good book scanning company to digitise your older and perhaps more fragile publications?
Well, the first thing you’ll need to do is ring around a number of companies so you can do your research. Ask them their book scanning process and how they would tailor than process to your specific needs. You will need to rely on your instinct as to which company sounds the best for you.
If possible, it’s also advisable to visit the company so you can see their equipment and how they go about the work. Most of the decent book scanning companies out there will have specialist book scanners which will do the job one at a time and with great care. This process will take a little longer than destructive book scanning (where the book is taken apart to be scanned) but the results are usually excellent.
Those types of book scanners take photographs from above the book, unlike the conventional scanner which scans from below, and from some distance which ensures that the high volume lighting has as little effect on your book as possible. This again makes it more careful than a standard scanner. It is vital ask about the equipment the company uses but you must also bear in mind that the cheapest, bottom of the scale service is not always the best. If your budget is highly restricting, using a conventional flatbed scanner will be of a lesser charge for you, but as we say this isn’t always the best option. If you want quality, you have to put a small investment into the project for good results but we’re not talking budget breaking here.
Checking a company’s credentials is usually also a great idea. The ISO 9001:2000 is a particularly good accreditation to have as it ensures that all work is carried out to the highest possible standard and is assessed by ISO, an official third party for the industry.
Before you commit, you should also get a free sample of your digitised book. Just a couple of pages or so will give you an excellent indicator of what you can expect from the scanning as a whole.
Here at Pearl Scan, we are proud to offer a top quality, bespoke book scanning service. We have invested in the latest book and overhead book scanners of which there are only 3 others in the UK. For more information about our how to scan books with Peal Scan, please feel free to browse our website or get in touch today for a free, no obligation quote via the relevant links below.