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Book Scanning

Book Scanning

TownsWeb Archiving’s digitisation technicians have a wealth of experience in book scanning and digitising bound volumes – including scanning burial registers, guard books, journals, diaries, magazines and newspapers.

We are able to scan and digitise old, very fragile, and rare books of practically any size (up to A0+) and convert them into digital formats such as TIFF and JPEG files. We can create further surrogate files such as PDFs, multi page PDFs, MS Word and eBooks. Find out more about our optical character recognition here.

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Why use TownsWeb Archiving?

Expert Digitisation Consultants

Expert Digitisation Consultants

A wealth of experience in working together to develop the right plan to reach your goals for preservation.

Trusted By Archives Throughout The UK

Trusted By Archives Throughout The UK

Working with some of the largest organisations in the UK, we understand the long-term risks to your archive.

In-House Collection and Delivery Service

In-House Collection and Delivery Service

To guarantee secure collection and delivery, your valuable material never leaves our sight.

Accredited Digitisation Studio Team

Accredited Digitisation Studio Team

Fully trained and experienced in the handling and digitisation of your most delicate artefacts.

PastView Logo - Unique Web Publishing Platform

Unique Web Publishing Platform

Publish with PastView to manage, provide access and generate revenue from your digital archive.

Digitisation Frequently Asked Questions

We digitise (or “scan”) books by using specialist advanced equipment to capture extremely high resolution images, either as single pages or double page spreads.

During the image capture process, we can also organise the digital image files by incorporating metadata into the filenames; such as the volume name/number, chapter, and page number of the book from which they were captured.

Digitising book collections can ensure that unique and valuable content is preserved in digital form, in case the worst should happen and the original volumes become damaged or destroyed. This high resolution digital back up can then be used to reprint the volumes if necessary.

Digitisation can also provide improved access to your collections and increase the speed of finding information within the books, by enabling searching. Attaching metadata to the digitised images allows for quick keyword searching through the digitised collections.

In addition, our transcription and OCR scanning services can also convert the written content of bound volumes into digital text, to enable advanced searching against the content of the books.

This searching can be performed via our book viewing software or PastView digital collections management system, or by importing the digital image files into your existing digital repository.

Having access to a digital archive of your bound volumes also assists conservation efforts by reducing the need to handle the physical books and the wear and tear this incurs.

As specialists in digitising fragile archive collections, our scanning staff are fully trained in professional handling procedures for working with delicate books and employ a gentle, “white gloves” approach at all times, to ensure no harm comes to the materials.

Our unique planetary overhead book scanning equipment is designed to place the absolute minimum pressure on the volumes during the digitisation process.

As part of this our scanners feature state-of-the-art auto-adjusting book cradles, to virtually eliminate stress on the books being scanned and ensure that they are fully supported at all times. They also utilise diffused, non-heat producing LED lighting to mitigate any risk of heat damage.

We are also able to offer non-contact scanning for particularly delicate bound volumes.

We appreciate that your bound book collections are very valuable and so you may not want them to be moved from your premises. For this reason we offer an on-site digitisation service and are happy to travel to your premises with our staff and equipment to scan your bound books.

However, if you are comfortable allowing your collection to be transported to our digitisation studios for scanning, we are also happy to collect and return from your premises, using our own specially trained staff and GPS tracked vehicles. Find out more about our on-site & off-site scanning service.

We are able to digitise books to a variety of output formats – including RAW, JPEG, JPEG2000, TIFF, BMP and Adobe PDF. Images can be produced in full colour or greyscale.

As standard, for book scanning projects, we would produce a collection of high resolution master TIFF files at 300dpi, in addition to a collection of surrogate compressed JPEG files more suitable for browsing on the web and use as thumbnails.

However, during the planning phase of any book digitisation project we always work with clients to assess the goals of digitisation and advise them on the best output formats based on these. If a client requests a specific output format we are, of course, always happy to accommodate them.

Calculate the cost of your digitisation project

Enter your digitisation requirements and tick the box to confirm whether you would like us to get in touch to discuss your requirements further. If you’re not quite ready to use our online quote calculator, feel free to call on 01536 713834 or email us [email protected]