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Option #1: Textbook Scanning Services There are several online services that will scan a textbook and return a PDF document of its contents. Here are the steps to convert books to digital books using a scanner. Cut the binding off the book Kinko’s will do this also. You could just saw. The web’s most affordable non-destructive book scanning service! Our Low Cost Book and Document scanning service allows us to offer the lowest pricing.

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Blueleaf will scan books without destroying the binding, if that’s a requirement for you. How do I fix this hard drive?

I was at a talk by Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive recently. You don’t need to use Evernote to use Scannable, but of course the two work very booo together if needed—your scans can then be saved as PDFs or images.

How to Digitize Your Textbooks

Running the scanned book through OCR will leave scqn text active and flowable so as the book is read in different formats, the pages can scale and the font will remain large. Your goal is to dissect the book so that bbook have several booklets of pages.

Anything other than text is going to introduce either file overhead or constraints you do not want. You can do little bits of touchup on a text-based PDF, but you cannot just “scan it” to a different format.

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This lets you print from any app to any printer that is Google Cloud Print-compatible. Also I concur with davcoo tk Each textbook is bound a little differently. Scan the fronts of all the pages and save as a PDF, then flip and scan the backs. See this Google Search. Load the front and back PDF files into the Alternate Kinkow plugin, which will combine the two files and place the pages into the proper order.


What you probably want is a company that does non-destructive book scanning. You might try looking for information at DIY Book Scanner —you probably don’t want to build your own for a one-time project, but you might find someone in the forums who can scan your book for you or point you to a place in your area that has a proper book scanner.

It would be worth knowing for sure where you stand on the issue. The prices for this have come down quite a bit in the past few years so that is affordable to the average person.

You can create an Amazon Kindle account and email it to yourself. They have pretty tight restrictions on content, though, so check to make sure that your book meets that. You may want to scan it to a more open image format– PDF won’t make it into readable text, but it’ll turn it into an electronic picturebook with lots of unnecessary overhead for what you want. Tis the season for the Mefi Mall – shop fine products by Mefites! The cost of the hardware is the greatest downfall to this method, although if you want to keep your textbook intact this is the way to go.

Apps like Scannable let you process and share documents after you’ve scanned them.

If you’re still struggling, third-party apps like Printopia or Print n Share can get your iOS apps to “see” printers that don’t support the AirPrint protocol. While this is obok, the jury is still a scna out on how effective each of those conversions is. The price depends on the length of the book. I could go on, but in the end the answer is you need to either use OCR or get someone to retype it.

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Many new printers that offer Wi-Fi come with the functionality built-in. There are other software development options out there as well, Corona SDK that are far more involved but will create a superior ebook and you can develop for other formats as well.


So if you can’t prove that you’re the rights holder, or that you have the rights holder’s permission, nobody at FedEx Office is going to scan a published book for you, and I would be surprised if you could get anyone else kinnkos any other copying business to do it.

You might scqn get the high-resolution, pixel-perfect copies you would from a real flatbed scanner, but these cameras are usually oinkos than capable when it comes to scanning documents and forms.

Scanning from a phone is a pretty similar process no matter what device you’ve got—you just install the app you want to use. On Android, your best option is Google Cloud Print: At the end of the day, the convenience of reading textbooks on your computer at home, eBook reader on campus, or your smartphone while waiting for the bus is well worth it.

If I understand correctly, the output can be formatted for Kindle, Nook, epub, i-devices, etc. You need the text as raw text. Each method varies in cost and effort required.

It’s easier than you might think to print out a PDF or to scan in a document using nothing but your phone.

You get a set amount of bandwidth or some such that eats into your profits. Textbook Scanning Services There are several online services that will scan a textbook and return a PDF document of its contents.