Pearl Scan
OCR processing

OCR Processing

Optical Character Recognition, also known as OCR, is used to convert images to digital formats. This includes PDF, Word, and e-books formats such as .mobi or .epub.

All Book Types

We’re equipped to scan all kinds of books. As well as this, we can scan and convert magazines, journals, bound volumes, newspapers, and manuscripts from standard ISO sizes up to A2 as well as foolscap.

We Handle Your Books With Care

Books are precious. We understand that. That’s why our experts take care when handling your books using sterile gloves. All of our book scans are carried out in a special workshop in order to prevent damage caused by light or humidity.

Any Digital Format

Once we’ve completed the scanning process, we’ll convert the images to any digital format you choose. We can scan books to PDF, Microsoft Word, Amazon Kindle .mobi & Apple .epub.

Non-Destructive Book Scanning Service

Do you want your books to stay intact after scanning? If so, our non-destructive option is the way to go. Not only are your books handled with utmost care, we also use specialist overhead book scanners. This returns a much higher image quality than standard equipment. It also means that when we convert your books to PDF, Word or e-book the files will be as accurate as possible.

To get you the best results, we’ve fitted our workshop with modern scanners that use bleeding-edge image enhancement software. However, one size doesn’t always fit all and you may need a custom solution. That’s why we’ve developed bespoke software to process non-standard sizes.

Non-destructive book scanning.

Destructive Book Scanning Service

Destructive book scanning is exactly what it sounds like. We’ll carefully free the books from their bindings and then scan them with high-speed specialist scanners. This meticulous process allows us to scan books up A3 sizes in black & white or colour.

As well as this, there are some cases where we can scan the pages like-for-like. This method is more intricate, but produces a considerably higher image quality. Our like-for-like scanning service is suitable for books which are being scanned for reprinting or which contain images and other mixed contents.

Destructive book scanning.

Archival Preservation Services

Because no book is the same, our entire process is planned based on the condition of the books on a case-by-case basis. For instance, we often receive antique and historical books. For these cases, we offer a pre-scan repair service to ensure the scanned images do not miss any data and aren’t marked by dust or foreign objects.

If you’re scanning antique books for long-term preservation, there are a few things to consider. These might include resolution, file format, compression, storage and how you’d like to access your files. To make sure you’re happy from start to finish, our book preservation team asks these questions at the start of each project and maintains these standards throughout.

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We Offer Book Scanning and Digitisation Services for Everyone It doesn’t matter whether you’re an individual or Organisation. Our book scanning services can benefit you. Here’s how:


Our service allows you to access and publish your work easily. Scan to PDFs, Word, .mobi & .epub digital formats.


We’ll you to scan and archive your historical & antique books in order to create a safe digital archive. TIFF & PDF/A formats are best for archiving.  


We convert to digital e-book formats so that you can easily access and distribute when needed, our most popular e-book type is a text-searchable PDF.


We scan and convert new editions and backlists to republish your books online or in print. Our e-book formats include text-searchable PDFs, .mobi and .epub. 


We scan large collections of books, magazines and journals then convert into accessible formats that can be shared easily, taking care for the preservation of your books. 


We convert books to digital formats to Word, .epub, .mobi and PDF for personal use and editing.

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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.