Image one alt description: An image displaying a book shelf with a range of different sizes and colours of books. Our book scanning service offers destructive and non-destructive scanning of books, magazines, manuscripts, journals, diaries and bound volumes covering a range of different sizes. We provide this service throughout the UK, including Manchester, London and Birmingham.

Book Scanning Services

Book scanning to Amazon Kindle format.

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

Image of an over-head book scanner, which we use for scanning and digitising bound-books, newspapers, manuscripts, magazines, etc, throughout the UK including Manchester, London and Birmingham.

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
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Manuals
  • Comic books
  • Manuscripts
  • Journals
  • Diaries

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.

Typically, our book scanning service is used by the following types of users, for a variety of reasons:


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


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).


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).


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


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

Discover the advantages of book scanning and digitisation

There are so many benefits in having your valuable books scanned; here are just a few which may suit your needs:

  • Book Scanning for archiving and preservation projects.
  • Ensuring a digital copy of the publication is available.
  • Easier access to your book library.
  • Ability to search through high volumes of pages in seconds.
  • Digitise to share or sell online.
  • Reduce the weight of carrying books (suitable for many international students and consultants).
  • Digitisation for republication.
  • Scanning to edit the text to re-print or use in digital publishing.

A book scanning service for rare books

Book scanning in Manchester, Birmingham, London and throughout the UK.

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.

Get in touch

You can contact us directly on 0161 832 7991 or use our online Contact Us Form to request a free quote.


We can scan books to PDF (portible document format) which with free Adobe software is viewable on any type of computer, tablets and mobile devices.

Like a standard PDF, but all the text contained will be readable and searchable.

Converting to Word enables you to edit the content of the publications and prepare for further printing in the future.

This is the most popular e-book format as the Kindle is the most popular e-reader around.

MOBI is short for mobipocket e-book format which was bought by Amazon. With the MOBI format being able to take complex content such as, navigation controls and indexing. MOBI formats are better suited for smaller scareens with it having an image size limitation of 64k.

EPUB is to be considered as the most common type of formats with it being widely supported accross all platformsand and used by thousands of e-readers across the world. With the EPUB format bieng open standard it means that its free and publicly available although it does come with rules regarding it's usage.

The popular iBooks platform is exclusive to Apple's iPad and iPhone.

With the fully interactive flip page format, you can display your files and brochures online or send them on disks.

HTML conversion allows you to display it online as a functional website.

XML provides an underlying technology that makes your information portable across platforms, and applications.

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.

Contact us to find out more

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Why choose Pearl Scan

Document scanning | 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.

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