In the midst of the digital revolution there are very few physical formats that have not been equalled by a virtual counterpart. Everything from listening to and storing music to paying for our everyday items can now take place with the swipe of a screen. The way in which we read has also been affected, and the invention of book scanning means that hard backs, paper backs, newspapers, magazines, heritage books and more can all be digitised to be read on formats such as a Kindle, computer or tablet. Although a large number of individuals, educational institutions, museums, libraries and more all use book scanning services in order to digitise their books, there are still many more words on printed paper that are yet to be scanned and documented virtually. But should all books be digitised?
Making large volumes on information accessible
One main benefit that demonstrates the popularity of book scanning, or any other kind of document scanning, is the advantages that can be found when reducing the information from being found in a large, heavy, cumbersome article to being a weightless digital file. As a virtual format these files can be stored either on the Internet, a cloud based server or on an internal ‘library’ system which reduces the time and effort needed in order to locate and read a piece of text, also meaning that these files can be accessed from a remote location, not necessarily where the actual book is archived. What’s more, when scanned with OCR technology huge documents or reports can be searched through in a matter of seconds, locating the information that matters to you most in an instant.
Preserving delicate texts
Books, newspapers and magazines are largely made from paper, a material that becomes delicate, fades and degrades over time. Lots of important information, either sentimental or academic, has become lost due to the physical format of an original paper document disintegrating after years of being kept in storage. Using a book scanning service and digitising these books can ensure that history is preserved forever with an indestructible copy of the original text.
There is nothing to stop you!
Book scanning technology is very advanced now and it is capable of handing a wide variety of books, magazines, newspapers and more. Although many companies only offer scanning of unbound books, at Pearl Scan we can also digitise bound books so that your valuable hard copy doesn’t need to be destroyed. Even the most delicate or faint texts can be scanned in high resolution, edited and stored in a digital format, breathing new life into old or damaged documents. Books can be scanned to PDF, Kindle and Microsoft Word, giving you limitless options for enjoying your digitised books.
So now, what do you think? Should we digitise all books? If you want to learn more about the book scanning services on offer at Pearl Scan, head to our webpage.