Scanning books is one of the most common reasons for using a scanner. As most photography is now digital, you no longer need to use a scanner to store them on a computer. Most office documents are now sent via email too, meaning Word or PDF files provide a quicker and cheaper option to paper. However, books are something of a different issue.
It’s often difficult to find digital copies of books, and when you do they are rarely free. If there are pages you wish to save to your PC, smartphone or tablet, scanning is really the only option you have. Students might want to do it to save learning resources for assignments or revision; teachers might want to do it to distribute pieces of text around a class.
There is one problem though — it’s hard to find a great scanner for books. As they are large and thick, your standard devices are generally incapable of supporting them. If you wish to scan multiple pages, furthermore, it’s challenging to find a scanner able to perform this at a decent speed. But don’t worry, there are plenty of options out there for scanning books. Here are some of the best that you can purchase.
Fujitsu’s state of the art scanner is groundbreaking for several reasons. For those who want to scan books, it has capacity to work with documents that are up to 30mm in size. This might not allow you to scan the entire hardback of War And Peace, sure, but most books will be able to fit under the device very comfortably. However, the Fujitsu ScanSnap Sv600 is probably most notable for its quality and ease of use. The lens that scans the pages operates from above and has a deep depth of field. It means that it produces a steady and consistent high quality image from edge to edge. The Fujitsu ScanSnap Sv600 also comes with page turning detection to scan automatically when you turn a page and boasts the technology to correct any damage to the images when scanned.
2. Kodak Sceye
Usually when you are scanning a document, you are expected to bring it to the scanner. Kodak’s Sceye puts an interesting spin on this. Designed more like a lamp than a traditional scanning device, functioning with an extendable arm, you can scan documents right off the desk in front of you. You can just take it to the library or arch it over your workspace and simply let the Kodak Sceye do the work. It also comes with auto-scan technology to detect when there’s a new page under the scanner and begin work without prompt.
As the name suggests, this Epson scanner is geared more towards workforces than individuals. This means it comes with a hefty price tag and is far from ideal for, say, students residing in their dorm rooms. However, if scanning books is part of your profession and something you do on a regular basis, the Epson WorkForce DS-50000N is hard to beat. It’s a one-touch scanner that can process a page in just four seconds time and at a very high quality. It’s capable of scanning thick and bound pages and comes with a Book Spine Correction technology so that the results are as crisp as the original copy.