Guide to Our Book Scanning and Digitisation

We have put together the following guide to help you decide the most suitable option for having your books scanned and digitised. Depending on your objectives, you may wish to choose a service which may be based around cost, technical requirements or a commercial use.

All our books and bound material scanning services are bespoke, so feel free to contact us for any special requirements.

Here are the three service levels for having your bound books scanned without having the binding removed and keeping your originals intact.

  1. Spread-Scan - This service level is suitable for scanning books to create an offline archive.
  2. Single Page Scan - Scanning books to create an online and web-based archive library without any post-scan image processing and enhancements.
  3. Single Page Scan (Enhanced) - Scanning books for professional and commercial with manual image processing.

A. Spread scan

In this method a book is laid flat on our specialised book scanning systems, which use a linear scanning technology, L.E.D lights and an overhead scanner. Both pages (left & right) from the book are scanned onto one image (as shown below);

An image displaying a spread scan, the cheapest option of our bound book scanning service level. The two pages are scanned into one TIFF file image using our specialised book scanner.

Choose this option if you are looking for a digital backup of your valuable books or any archive which does not require frequent access, as constant reading from two-page image may not be very user-friendly, however this is the cheapest option.

B. Single page scan

As above method, however both left and right-side pages are split into individual images during the digitisation process by finding and adjusting the centre of the book as it is being scanned.

Depending on how the book is bound some digital images may contain some black borders as seen in the picture below, may be warped in the middle and may also contain shadow in the book gutter.

One of two images displaying our bound book scanning service level of single split scan. This is the left image of a spread scan that has been split down the middle and converted as a single TIFF format file. Second image of the two displaying our bound book scanning service level of single split scan. This is the right image of a spread scan that has been split down the middle and converted as a single TIFF format file.

This option is suitable for online publication of your archive material for any research, historical archiving and for a general use.

C. Single page scan (Enhanced)

As above method B, but with manual post-scan image processing. Our post scan processing of the books is specifically tailored for a professional and commercial use, as shown in the example below.

This Enhanced service includes the following features;

  • Removal of black borders.
  • De-skew – straightening of any skewed pages.
  • Orientation – ensuring all pages are facing the correct way in the book.
  • Pictures – setting up all pictures to be in a grey-scale format for extra detail and quality (pictures can be colour OR greyscale depending on the original. We don't convert all pictures to greyscale by default).
  • Covers – inserting front and back covers in colour where necessary.

Here is an example of the image from the method B as above which has been processed by applying the above image processing features.

One of two images displaying our bound book scanning service level of split page scan processed to the left-hand side page of a spread scan. The image has been processed to make scan quality to be good enough for the use of being to reprint or convert to eBook. The second image of two displaying our bound book scanning service level of split page scan processed to the right-hand side page of a spread scan. The image has been processed to make scan quality to be good enough for the use of being to reprint or convert to eBooks.

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You can contact us by phoning 0161 832 7991, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via our Contact Us Form to discuss your book scanning requirements.

Free trial

We offer a free trial of our UK document scanning services. We can convert a section of your project to showcase the qulity of our digital conversions.

We offer a free trial of our scanning services to our prospective clients.

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Why choose Pearl Scan

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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.

Logo's in which Pearl Scan Group has a number accreditations with including ISO