Book Scanning Services
Offering a service that you can trust, whether you have a modern contemporary or antiquarian book, newspapers or the latest full colour glossy magazine, we take extreme care in handling your material during the scanning and digital conversion process. Digitising your books is the best way to create digital reproductions of your favourite texts. With the increasing popularity of Kindle, iPad and tablet devices, the book scanning and digitisation market has grown in popularity, as more and more people are putting down their books and picking up a tablet.
Our specialist book scanning team are extremely knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to digitising your valuable collection of books to any required digital format. Always taking great care, we offer two key methods to digitise a book:
Book scanning methods
Whatever type of book you provide us with, it will be carefully scanned using either a non-destructive or a destructive process; the choice is yours. The images will be captured either in colour, black and white or greyscale, depending upon your requirements. Once scanned, the images are processed and converted to the required image formats, such as PDF, Text Searchable PDF, ASCII Text, MS Word, XML, and HTML and even to MS Excel for directories. They are then supplied on a required storage medium such as CD, USB or FTP 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. We will free up the pages from any binding and then feed them through a very high resolution book scanner.
Non-Destructive book scanning service
How to scan a bound book - also known as bound-book scanning, when using this method, books are carefully handled including the wearing of powder-free gloves. Our book scanning bureau does not use any automated page turning technology so we manually turn the pages over by hand, one-by-one, using overhead book scanners. The scanner is equipped with two independent cradles which are adjusted according to the thickness, size and binding type, resulting in a high-quality scan every time.
Once the digital images have been produced, these can then then be further processed if necessary to remove any black boarders, de-skew, enhance and optimise as much as possible. OCR processing and conversion to PDF Searchable or editable Microsoft Word document format can also be applied to scanned images. Find out more about Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing by clicking HERE.
Our book scanning and conversion team typically scans and converts the following types of books and materials:
- Rare and fragile
- Large format
- Bound volume
- Comic books