Since ancient times, storytelling has been a cornerstone of culture and exchange of knowledge. For thousands of years the greater part of this was done by oral tradition, as only religious leaders or the wealthy had the advantage of literacy. However, as education become more accessible, more information was written down and shared on paper.
Beowulf is one of the oldest known examples of literature written down, a tale that is still cherished by many today (most recently adapted to the big screen in 2007, in a version starring Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins.) The original manuscript dates back to as early as the 10th century, and sadly the text has suffered extensive damage over the year. A fire in 1731 has caused hurt that even careful restoration work couldn’t reverse.
It wasn’t until an electronic version of the manuscript was produced that much of the text lost from rebinding and fading over time became visible again, thus preserving this important piece of art for generations to enjoy for years to come.
Literary digitisation not only ensures the lifelines of classic stories, but it also makes them more widely available. Previously, the only way to enjoy a text was to buy a physical copy, yet now with the popularity of mobile devices, digitised version of even the oldest stories can be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time. For authors, this is a truly exciting prospect; thanks to a book scanning service, readers have direct and immediate access to their work from devices that they are very likely to be carrying with them at all times anyway.
Dracula, A Christmas Carol and The Wind In The Willows are some of the classic tales that rank in the top 50 titles for Kindle eBooks, proving that these stories still resonate with modern audiences. Their conversation to digital format has meant that thought the content of the stories themselves has not aged, the original manuscripts can be protected from further wear- by scanning them into a digital format, the originals can still be examined, but they will not be exposed to excessive handling, which can cause further degradation.
Protecting our literature’s heritage is vital, but it’s also important that these fabulous pieces of history are still available to study and enjoy in their original form, and digital conversion is the ideal solution.
Our book scanning service is perfect for archiving and preserving rare and fragile texts of all sizes in a variety of formats and we can even scan precious books intact, which exposes the pages to less heat than other methods.