Book Scanning and Digitisation Service

We provide specialist book scanning and digitisation service throughout the UK, whether you are looking to simply convert your book to PDF, digitise a big collection of your books for digital archiving or web publishing, scan and preserve a rare historical book or to re-print your book – we can help you.

Depending on your requirements, we can scan and convert your books to digital format of your choice by using either a non-destructive or destructive digitisation method as below:

Non-Destructive Book Scanning keeping the binding on

Also known as intact book digitisation method and is suitable for books and material that is valuable, non replaceable or it is the only hard copy available and removing the binding is not an option.

Destructive Book Scanning removing the binding

We carefully remove the binding of the book or a magazine by using our professional guillotine machine so that the pages can be freed from the binding and fed through the specialist book scanners.

OCR processing

OCR Processing

Once scanned, the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) can be carried out to convert scanned images to file formats such as text searchable PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, CSV, XML, and TXT, etc.

All Types of Books

In addition to scanning general books, we also provide professional scanning and conversion services of magazines, journals, bound volumes, newspapers and manuscripts of both standard ISO page sizes up to A2 as well as foolscap.

Careful Handling

We take great care in handling your books to ensure that the originals are not damaged while being scanned and processed. Our book scanning team uses powder and chemical free gloves and the scanning process is carried out in a dedicated room.

Any Digital Format

Upon completion of the imaging process, we can convert the scanned images to any format of your choice such as TIFF, JPG, PDF, Text Searchable PDF, Microsoft Word, Amazon Kindle (.mobi) and Apple (.epub).

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Book Scanning and Digitisation for Everyone both for individuals and organisations

  • For Writers – we can scan books for easier access and to enable work to be easily published read around the world (Ideal book scanning formats are PDF, PDF Searchable, Mobi and ePub).
  • For Archivists – scanning and digitisation of old, rare, antique and historical books to create a safe and secure digital archive (Typical archiving formats include TIFF and PDF/A).
  • For Librarians – conversion of books to digital e-book formats for easy access and distribution. The most popular format is text searchable PDF.
  • For Publishers – conversion of new editions and back lists to re-publish books online or in print (All e-book formats are suitable such as text searchable PDF, .mobi and .epub).
  • For Collectors – we can scan large collections of books, magazines, journals, etc. to secure but accessible format to view and share your collection (Ideal scanning format is PDF Searchable for Web View).
  • For Individuals – scanning and converting books to digital formats, such as PDF, .epub, .mobi or Microsoft Word for personal use and editing.

Non-Destructive Book Scanning Service

The best way to digitise a book for customers who want their books to remain intact and keep the original form after the digitisation process, our non-destructive book scanning option is the way to go. Not only your books will be handled with extreme care, we will also use professional overhead liner book scanners that achieve much higher image quality than camera based equipment would, when converting the books to digital format.

Our scanners are equipped with advanced image processing applications which provide advanced image enhancement and optimisation functionalities. Additionally, we have developed our own bespoke software to further process the scanned images that are not standard in sizes and difficult to scan.

Non-destructive book scanning.

Destructive Book Scanning Service

During the process of destructive book scanning we carefully free the books from any binding and then scan them utilising high speed industrial book scanners. This meticulous process allows us to scan the books up to A3 size and either in black & white or colour.

Additionally, in some cases we can scan the pages like-for-like – a method of book scanning that is more intricate, but provides considerably higher image quality. Like-for-like scanning service is notably suitable for those books that are being scanned for printing purpose or contain colour or black and white pictures and mixed contents.

Destructive book scanning.

Archival Preservation Services

We carefully plan the process which is based around the condition of the books. When dealing with old and historical material which over a period of time has deteriorated, we offer a pre-scan professional repair service to ensure that the digital images of scanned books do not miss any vital part of the source and do not contain any foreign objects or dust marks.

When scanning and digitising antique books or other material for long term archival and preservation purposes, there are number of things to be considered, for example, image resolution, file format, file compression, storage medium and access platform. Our book  digitisation team reviews each and individual project to setup suitable scanning specification to ensure it meets current and future projects requirements.

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Why Choose Pearl Scan?

In conjunction with the EN BS ISO 9001:2005, 27001, 14001 and in-house implemented quality, security and compliance procedures allow us to deliver peace of mind scanning services to our client. We are an approved document scanning and data capture scanning service provider to many reputable health, education, manufacturing, financial, logistics etc. organisations.

    ISO 9001 Registered         ISO 14001 Registered         ISO 27001 Registered         Investors In People         PCI Compliant         Member of IRM     

Founded in 2003, with almost 15 years of valuable knowledge and expertise in delivering successful document scanning and data capture services through the UK to some of the most reputable and globally known organisations.

We operate from a custom built document scanning and data capture centre, which is built around security, safety and confidentiality. The site is monitored 24hours a day by security and CCTV systems.

The document scanning and data capture bureau is equipped with the state-of-the-art dedicated document, Microfilm media, Books and Large Format Plans scanning and capture technology; catering for a wide range of document types and sizes making us a one-stop service provider for scanning and digital conversion needs . We continually invest in our staff training and latest technology to ensure that we are delivering quality and innovations at all times.

Pearl Scan Group has the infrastructure to provide quick turnaround for urgent document scanning needs to taking on a large volume scanning and conversion of documents, microfilm media, books etc. projects. Our document scanning and data capture service centre always run at 80% of its productivity allowing 20% space and resources for on-demand, ad-hock projects.