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Book Scanning Services

With our book scanning service, businesses and individuals across the UK preserve old publications, digitise collections or reprint individual books. No project is too big or small and we ensure your delicate books remain safe throughout the entire process.

  • Non-Destructive and Destructive scanning options
  • Digital formats include searchable PDF, MS Word and e-books
  • Specialist scanning for old, fragile and heritage books
  • Fast turnaround
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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Nationwide document scanning services


Our book scanning collection service covers the UK and Europe using our own unmarked fully tracked fleet of vehicles.

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Fast Turnaround

With the capacity to digitise around 10 million images per month, we can accommodate urgent and demanding book scanning requirements.

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We can fulfil any book scanning requirements – we provide services to any required volumes, complexity involved and to any location.

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What types of books and publications can we scan?

Our bulk book scanning service caters to any type of publication, regardless of its size. Contractors may choose to digitise machinery manuals or bound textbooks, while doctors can convert their medical journals or notebooks to save office space. Individuals can preserve newspaper or magazine collections, personal letters or diaries, and universities can make reference books easily available and searchable via digital copies.

What formats can we scan to?

Our book scanning service exports records into any digital format you like, in resolutions of 300DPI and above. We typically convert to PDF or Microsoft Word, alongside .mobi files suitable for Amazon Kindle and .epub files for use on Apple devices. Each of these formats is compatible with Optical Character Recognition technology, making it easy to access, search and reference your texts. If needed, we can also convert your books to JPEG or TIFF files – simply let us know what you need and we’ll find a solution that fits.

What type of book scanning services do you need? As with all of our services, the process starts with a friendly consultation to discover why you’ve decided to digitally scan your books.


We scan historical and antique book collections into a variety of electronic formats, storing them securely in an easily searchable digital archive. We take care to ensure all archival texts are handled delicately.


Want to translate your book into a format that’s compatible with the popular eReaders your audience is using? In addition to PDF and Word, we also scan to .ePub and .Mobi formats for use on Kindle and Apple devices.

Book scanning service


Through destructive and non-destructive scanning methods and a manually-checked Optical Character Recognition service, we can create accurate reprints of your old books, manuals, notebooks or manuscripts.

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Want to make your books available online? We can help. Our scanning service can include images within text, ensuring your books sit comfortably on any type of device whilst making sure your files aren’t too big.

We Offer Book Scanning and Digitisation Services for Everyone It doesn’t matter whether you’re an individual or Organisation. Our book scanning services can benefit you. Here’s how:


Our service allows you to access and publish your work easily. Scan to PDFs, Word, .mobi & .epub digital formats.


We’ll you to scan and archive your historical & antique books in order to create a safe digital archive. TIFF & PDF/A formats are best for archiving.  


We convert to digital e-book formats so that you can easily access and distribute when needed, our most popular e-book type is a text-searchable PDF.


We scan and convert new editions and backlists to republish your books online or in print. Our e-book formats include text-searchable PDFs, .mobi and .epub. 


We scan large collections of books, magazines and journals then convert into accessible formats that can be shared easily, taking care for the preservation of your books. 


We convert books to digital formats to Word, .epub, .mobi and PDF for personal use and editing.

OCR processing

OCR Processing

Optical Character Recognition – commonly known as OCR – is used to convert text-heavy text to digital formats which can be easily accessed and cross-referenced. Depending on the level of detail you require, a member of our team can proof read these files to ensure accuracy before exporting to formats like PDF, Word, and .Mobi or .ePub for use on eBooks.

All Book Types

Our scanning equipment can handle any text publication you have. We process delicate historical artefacts, machine manuals, medical records and historical letters as often as manuscripts, bound books and personal newspaper and magazine collections. Size is no problem either – we can handle everything from tiny foolscap to large A2 items.

We Handle Your Books With Care

We understand that books are special. It’s why our scanning experts go above and beyond to ensure their safety. Our carefully designed workshop protects them from potential damage caused by light or humidity, and our highly trained staff only handle delicate and historical texts while wearing sterile gloves

Any Digital Format

When it comes to choosing the right format for your digitally scanned books, you’re in control. While PDF, searchable PDF, Microsoft Word, Amazon Kindle .mobi and Apple .ePub formats are our most frequently used export options for books – we can translate your publications into any format you like.

Non-Destructive Book Scanning Service

Do you want your books to stay intact after scanning? If so, our non-destructive option is the way to go. Not only are your books handled with utmost care, we also use specialist overhead book scanners. This returns a much higher image quality than standard equipment. It also means that when we convert your books to PDF, Word or e-book the files will be as accurate as possible.

To get you the best results, we’ve fitted our workshop with modern scanners that use bleeding-edge image enhancement software. However, one size doesn’t always fit all and you may need a custom solution. That’s why we’ve developed bespoke software to process non-standard sizes.

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Destructive Book Scanning Service

Destructive book scanning is exactly what it sounds like. We’ll carefully free the books from their bindings and then scan them with high-speed specialist scanners. This meticulous process allows us to scan books up A3 sizes in black & white or colour.

As well as this, there are some cases where we can scan the pages like-for-like. This method is more intricate, but produces a considerably higher image quality. Our like-for-like scanning service is suitable for books which are being scanned for reprinting or which contain images and other mixed contents.

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Archival Preservation Services

Because no book is the same, our entire process is planned based on the condition of the books on a case-by-case basis. For instance, we often receive antique and historical books. For these cases, we offer a pre-scan repair service to ensure the scanned images do not miss any data and aren’t marked by dust or foreign objects.

If you’re scanning antique books for long-term preservation, there are a few things to consider. These might include resolution, file format, compression, storage and how you’d like to access your files. To make sure you’re happy from start to finish, our book preservation team asks these questions at the start of each project and maintains these standards throughout.

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