From Paperback to PDF: Book-Scanning Service Rises out of Japan

A new book-scanning business based in Japan is gaining popularity in the U.S. Users send their old books to and receive a PDF file of the book within ten business days.

The firm has taken steps to ensure its practice is within the bounds of copyright laws and that the PDFs are of high quality. It even has a service where readers can buy print books from Amazon that are not available in e-format and have them delivered directly for scanning.

The practice is very popular in Japan where space is at a premium — exchanging bulky print books for PDF files is a good deal for those with small apartments. The service is so popular that most users wait two months to receive their PDFs. BOOKSCAN, as it’s called in Japan, expanded to the U.S. in part because the U.S. e-book market is so much larger than Japan’s.

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Publishing Perspectives has more:

The idea behind is simple: why not take all those old paper books or documents that are cluttering up your home, and send them to the firm’s offices in San Jose, where they’ll be scanned and turned into searchable PDF files? Rates start at $1 for 1-100 pages, which means that replacing a 200-page novel with a PDF file will cost a grand total of two bucks. It’s a lot cheaper than buying a replacement on Amazon, that’s for sure — and that’s if the book you are replacing is even available as an electronic file.

Read more at Publishing Perspectives.

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