Book Scanner

A book scanner converts physical books into digital images so that they are taken into the digital age. The reason books are scanned is so that they can be reproduced and read on digital screens and computer monitors. With the advent of the internet and digital book readers there was a tremendous need for book scanning technology to make the whole process of scanning all books easy. There are all kinds of book scanners on the market today so you will have a large selection to choose from if you are shopping for one to scan your books for business or leisure reading. A book scanner can make scanning a book relatively easy if you know what you are doing.

When you scan a book a picture of the page is made and then a optical character recognition program converts the scanned picture page of the book into typed text.
There are book scanners that you use by laying the book completely flat on scanning glass. This type is not the same as a document scanner even though it may look like one. There will be no book spine shadow or distorted text lines to ruin the page view when you scan the book. A regular document scanner is not useful for converting physical books into digital books. There are also some handheld book scanners on the market that allow you to quickly scan pages of a book. Professional book scanners are used by large libraries, museums and business corporations all the time and are very expensive. There are some less expensive book scanners on the market that are used by teachers, students, law offices, work groups, etc.

A large book scanner can be automated or manual, meaning it will flip the pages for you or you must do it manually. Most professional book scanners typically allow for the book to be put on a flat glass. An optical array and a light then move under the glass and scans the book. You have to manually pick the book up and flip the pages and then place it back on the glass to be scanned. This can be a time intensive job. Some book scanners require that you place the book face up in a v-shaped frame so that photos of the pages can be taken from above it as the pages are flipped by hand. The v-shaped book scanner can be easier to use when turning pages. There are some automated page flipper book scanners on the market too which is even easier and faster. The cameras used in book scanners are top quality digital cameras. The v-shaped book scanners automatically center the book placement and support the book spine as it is being scanned and it will have a frame with a light source. A digital camera book scanner can be relatively inexpensive. A professional conventional overhead book scanner that scans thousands of pages an hour can cost as much as $10,000. A manual book scanner for non professional use will scan up to 1200 pages per hour and generally sell for around $300. After the books are scanned OCR software lines up the pages, crops, edits pictures and transforms it into text and a digital book. It must then be edited and read by proof readers for mistakes. Most book scanners scan up to 300 dots per inch (DPI). A higher resolution is needed for complex or illustrated books.

There are portable book scanners on the market that you can take with you when you are on the go. They can allow you to scan pages from a book that you would like to read later. Before you buy a book scanner you should read reviews on these devices. Some book scanners do more than scan books and will have assorted features. You can convert books into PDF files with some book scanners. If you are buying a handheld book scanner take into consideration its size and weight.

This Book Scanner Review is Written/Updated on Mar 1st, 2011 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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