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Book Scanning and Digitisation Flying High in 2012

how-do-you-readBook Scanning and Digitisation Flying High in 2012

In the last year or so, we have seen a sharp uprising in the need for book scanning and the conversion of books to digital formats. These range from anything from PDF right up to e-book formats such as the ePub and the Amazon Kindle exclusive .mobi format.

Although there is always a demand for PDF versions of books, the biggest change in requests has been for e-book formats. We put this down to the significant rise in popularity of e-readers including Amazon's Kindle and Kobo's Touch and tablet Vox, as well as massive sales for tablet devices such as the Apple iPad, which offer compatibility with both Amazon and Kobo's apps.

The prospect of republishing books both physically as well as digitally has become a huge draw for some even those firmly against the digitisation of publishing. Recently deceased author Ray Bradbury, most famous for his high-tech, book-burning future novel, Fahrenheit 451, recently had to recant due to publishers insisting that to republish his novels he would have to accept that they also needed to be distributed digitally. This is an increasingly apparent attitude amongst publishers, such is the demand for e-books. Recently Amazon themselves declared that they were now selling more digital books via their online store than physical ones, a feat not expected to be seen for years from now.

Although it has become something of a controversial arena for authors and publishers alike thanks to recent price fixing lawsuits against the likes of Apple, the ebook market has become one of the most profitable around and it continues to grow.

Amazon have also recently improved their product range here in the UK with the all new Kindle Touch, a long overdue upgrade to the standard budget Kindle, as well as the promise of their Android based tablet the Kindle Fire.

The likes of PDFs and text-searchable PDF's also work on e-reader devices but lack the capabilities of an actual e-book which can cater to facilities such as a contents page as well as device specific operations such as text-highlighting and bookmarking.

The ePub format is always a popular choice as it stretching across thousands of devices in its compatibility, but it misses out on the Kindle compatibility, the Kindle already controlling at least 60% of the ebook market, so more often than not people are opting for both, especially as with an ePub you can submit it to the Apple iBook store and it will be converted to Apple's own exclusive format at no extra cost.

If you're contemplating making your book(s) digital, then it's not a hugely expensive project too, especially considering what you could get back in future sales of your books.

convert-book-to-ebook-300x300"e-book's are going to be here for a long time to come and this way you're future proofing your income as well as the actual books themselves", says Pete Goring, head of Pearl Scan Solution's book scanning department.

If you're interested in finding out more about book scanning to virtually any format you wish, feel free to take a look at our main website or contact one of our sales representatives via emailor via phone below:

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Ikea: A world without books


A world without books: Ikea redesigning its bookshelves

Steve Wright takes a brief look at why Ikea is making its bookshelves less for books...


It's interesting to know that one of the world's biggest selling furniture manufacturers and closet King of Scandinavia, Ikea is actually building bookshelves not made to house books anymore. You could therefore argue that the bookcases that we are seeing are in actual fact cases...which means they're just storage cabinets, but no, these are in actual fact being marketed as bookshelves (it seems that the word has grown a meaning of its own). The new Ikea bookshelves, first talked about by Gizmodo and The Economist in a terrific article on the state of digitisation and books, will be deeper and more display orientated.


Next month IKEA will introduce a new, deeper version of its ubiquitous "BILLY" bookcase. The flat-pack furniture giant is already promoting glass doors for its bookshelves. The firm reckons customers will increasingly use them for ornaments, tchotchkes and the odd coffee-table tome-anything, that is, except books that are actually read.



It just shows that the times they are a changin' as a great singer-songwriter once said over 50 years ago. I had a few of his CD's too, until I decided to digitise them too. Didn't see that one coming, did you Bob?

As I've mentioned before, books won't die, despite the rise of the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad, but there will be significantly less of them around to blow the cobwebs off.   If you're interested in having your books digitised, please visit our book scanning page for more information. Or give us a call.

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Big companies are doing It. Why not you?

Moleskine, BBC and American Airlines Are Doing It. Why Not You?

What do the BBC, Moleskine and American Airlines have in common? And no, it's not that they're all solid brands in the worldwide market (although they are). They're all turning to digitisation to modernise and to improve their business.

It's not just these three multi-national corporations either; it's local councils, universities and colleges and public services and this is because they realise that digitisation is the future and that paper is on the way out. Paper will never leave our scope completely, of that ther's no doubt, but it is something of a blemish in a world that could be more economical and could be more environmentally friendly. The production of paper and the inks that go onto it is still something of a controversial issue, one that a lot of governments throughout the world are trying to aid, but one that continues to be a problem; unethical tree farming. Trees are simply not being replaced properly when they are cut down to be used for paper supplies which, in turns, means there's less oxygen in the world and less natural habitat for wild animals to live within.

going digital imageBut beyond the environmental aspect of paper, there are the benefits that all these businesses are seeing from going paperless. There's the fact that efficiency can be improved dramatically through using simple search terms on your computer to find the documents you need rather than seeking through filing cabinets or even storage facilities for hours on end. This naturally means that more can be done in the day and life is made easier for staff and morale is raised. In times like these when we need to get the most we can for our money, efficiency is of the highest priority and digitising files is the modern day equivalent of the computer itself over the type writer, as the type writer was over the handwritten letter.

Digitisation has also helped companies to save thousands of acres of space over the last few years, which in turn can be used for other things. Companies have even been able to move their important documents out of storage which was costing them thousands per month in order to go digital and avoid the recurring fees which, again, is something that companies are benefitting from hugely in the current economical climate.

As people we love the feel of paper, it's what we have gotten used to and as I mentioned before paper will always be around to something of a degree, but it's time that we realised that going digital is the way forward, not just in our electronic and entertainment lifestyles via television and Blu-Ray players, but the way that we work every day whether in our office or at home.

Digitisation save time, money and space, there's no denying that, so there's no reason not to look into it a little deeper.

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