PearlScan

Book Scanning Services Whatever type of book you provide us with, it will be carefully scanned using either a non-destructive or a destructive process

Digitising books is the best way to create digital copies of your material for either every day use or for long term archival preservation. With advancements in the book scanning technology, it has become affordable for everyone from private individuals to large organisations to be able to have their books converted to digital formats known as e-books.

The e-books have also proven to be more economical and environmentally friendly, providing great opportunities to writers and the publishers like , to be able to sell their books online at a fraction of initial digitisation and conversion cost.

We have worked with many clients to convert their Titles to digital e-book formats suitable for all popular book readers and tablets.

Our specialist book scanning team is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to digitising valuable collections of books to any required digital format such as PDF, Text Searchable PDF, Editable Word Document, Kindle (.mobi) or Apple (.epub) etc. While taking great care, we offer two key methods of scanning and digitising the books, as below;

  • Non Destructive Book Scanning and Digitisation
  • Destructive Book Scanning and Digitisation

The details of the two above methods are explained as below;

Document Scanning Process

The document scanning process What we do with your documents

  • Collection

    We provide a secure collection of your documents from anywhere in the UK within 24 hours or as convenient for you as well as we can supply storage boxes and assistance with removing and boxing up your files.

  • Conversion

    We scan and convert all types and sizes of documents to a digital format of your choice such as PDF, PDF Searchable, TIFF, JPEG, Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Delivery

    We deliver your digital data on a secure storage medium of your choice such as CD, DVD, USB, secure FTP or fully managed Pearl Cloud document management system.

The Process in Depth

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Book scanning methods

Depending on your needs, the books are carefully scanned using either a non-destructive or a destructive process. The images are captured either in colour, black and white or greyscale format, as necessary. Once scanned, the images are processed and converted to digital formats, such as PDF, Text Searchable PDF, Ms. Word (editable Text) and even to Ms. Excel for trade directories. These are then supplied on a CD, USB or via secure Sftp download.

Destructive book scanning service

This is a meticulous process which involves carefully removing the binding of the book and then using a professional guillotine machine to slice the glued/sown area by around 5mm. The pages are freed-up from any binding and then fed through professional scanners.

Non-Destructive book scanning service

Also known as in-tact digitisation method and is suitable for books and material which are valuable, non replaceable or it’s the only hard-copy available and removing the binding is not an option.

It is more costly than destructive scanning, however the books are kept in their original format and handled with extreme care.

We use overhead professional liner book scanners to achieve high quality images as oppose to camera based equipment. Our scanners are coupled with advanced image processing software which provide key image enhancement and optimisation functionalities. In addition to this, our book scanning team has developed applications to further details with any books which are difficult to handle.

 

 

Guide to our non-destructive book scanning and digitisation process

Experienced book scanning company

We have invested heavily in the latest book scanning, digitisation and conversion technology, ensuring that our customers are provided with an outstanding service. Using a combination of high-end book scanners coupled with one of the most advanced OCR and e-Book conversion applications, we deliver the highest quality and accuracy in the most cost-effective way possible.

Contact us

Contact us for a free book scanning quotation.

Free Book Scanning Quotation

Typical use of book scanning and conversion to digital formats

Writers

Scan their books for easier access and to enable their work to be easily read around the world (Ideal book scanning formats are scan books to PDF, PDF Searchable, Mobi and ePub).

Publishers

Convert new editions and back lists and re-publish books to sell them online or in print (All eBook formats are suitable as well as high resolution TIFF/PDF file in print ready format).

Collectors

Scan large book collections to a secure but accessible format for others to view on their website (Ideal scanning format is PDF Searchable for Web View).

Archivists

Create a safe and secure digital archive to preserve their rare and historical books (Typical archiving formats include TIFF and PDF/A).

Libraries

Creating digital e-books of their collections from historical books and newspapers to be able to create a digital archive and distribute as digital files.

Individuals

Scan book to PDF service, Kindle or MS Word for their personal use.

A book scanning service for rare books

The greatest of care is taken when it comes to the scanning, digitisation and digital preservation of older, more delicate and hard to find books. We can help with our scan book to text or scan book to eBook service; these books can also be scanned to PDF as well as editable formats such as MS Word. We carefully plan the process requirements around the condition of the books, if necessary reducing the speed at which we process them to make absolutely sure that the books remain in the same condition as when they arrived with us.

We treat all books we scan with the greatest of respect, care and attention but there will always be a few cases that need extra special attention. We use only our most experienced book scanning operators to complete this type of work and ensure that they always wear powder-free gloves in order to protect the pages and print of your books; this is all part of our rare book scanning service.

Comments from our clients

We have used PEARL SCAN’s services several times and have been very happy with the quality of the work. The staff are always very helpful in their advice. They have always provided a quick and professional service.

Acair Books

The service we received from Pearl Scan Solutions was a smooth and efficient experience. We required sensitive archival registers to be digitised without damage done to the originals. Pearl Scan delivered on all fronts, by producing high quality user friendly digitisations and returned our registers to us in mint condition. We will most certainly be using them again in the not too distant future.

Waltham Forest

We were very pleased with the service provided and the quality of the scans. The whole process, from explaining the technical details, collecting and returning the volumes in good condition, and labelling the PDF and then downloading the files was trouble-free. We are happy to recommend Pearl Scan for their services.

The Burlington Magazine

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Why Choose Pearl Scan?

Audits

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     

Experience

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.

Security

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.

Innovation

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.

Scalability

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.