Books are hard to move for mobile families. I hadn't really bought many books for the last 5-10 years before scanning everything because we moved so often and nearly always had an excellent public library, but we still had over 1000 books. They'd been moved and stored, and, every once in a while, all of them were out on shelves. It was impossible to take them overseas, impractical to store them again, and painful to part with them.
So we scanned them. It was a huge project, but we ended up with 600 scanned ebooks (we gave the rest away, or sold a few). I don't regret one second spent on that project. It was the best preparation I have ever done for an overseas move.
Most people are rather horrified when they learn that I cut up so many books and then recycled them all. But there have been a few people, usually those who've moved overseas without help, who get it. Ebooks are a lifesaver.
Anyway. It took some time to figure out how to get the scanning done quickly. We started with a flatbed scanner and an old computer and it took forever to get through one book, so we bought this scanner.
|10:29 AM Begin scanning. It took me 10 minutes to scan the 270-page book, but it would have taken our faster computer about 7 minutes.|
You can stop here because the scanner creates a pdf document. However, it doesn't create a searchable document that can have its font adjusted on an ereader. If that what you want, then you'll need to open up Adobe Acrobat and run the book through OCR. That took my (slow) computer 19 minutes.
Obviously, all these steps can be shortened a lot by combining them, and the longest part is the OCR which doesn't require any effort at all on my part (I'd usually tell it to OCR a lot of books overnight). The process can take a little longer when you're cutting up a book with pages wider than 8.5 inches. You'll need to figure out where to trim more paper off.
One more thing- we got a refurbished scanner. It includes Adobe Acrobat standard, which we needed to buy anyway, so we were very happy with the price for the scanner. If you already have Adobe and buy the scanner new, it'll be more than $400.