imageDon’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on decent scanning equipment to digitize books? Maybe you’re even a student who wants audio versions of p-books for your iPod—so you can study while excising.

imageWell, if its online claims are true, can help you—with a basic scanning charge of just four cents a page, with good accuracy claimed, as well as a delivery time of “four to eight business days upon receipt of package.”

The price is only for bound material. I don’t know what it would be for manuscripts. Read the price information carefully. The charge is $14.95 minimum, excluding extras like audio and non-PDF and non-Word formats; Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader files are among the options. Return shipping is free.

This could be a helluva a deal for individuals and small publishers. Talk about the potential for getting back lists into E and POD! If you try the Connecticut-based service—well, that’s where your books go—please share your impressions. Does the ballyhoo hold up?  The FAQ is here.

Thought: If a 300-page book costs $12 to scan—well, $14.95 and postage to Connecticut—imagine the possibility of buying a used p-copy and getting back a nonDRMed Word file that you can easily turn via Word or Open Office into RTF and then into a variety of formats through Calibre (update: actually $23).

I just hope that this service is as useful as it sounds, and that it can thrive. Will large publishers or others shut it down as a piracy helper? I’d hope not, but these days, you never know. I don’t know what the liability situation is. Any lawyers care to venture an opinion?

Big thanks to sample007 for the discovery. Anybody know of other cheapie services like BlueLeaf’s?


  1. Josh and M:

    J: Let’s reserve judgment until someone tries the service, but, yes, I wonder.

    M: Thanks. When I actually used the calculator, that’s the scanning cost, $23—exactly why I put a question mark after the 4 cent quote. Still, an interesting deal, though, if it’s what it is cracked up to be.


  2. I have a collection of 100 year old Pulp Mags, clearly public domain, But they are started to fall apart. How can I scan them myself at home, for my Sony E-reader? I don’t think I would risk mailing them to some one else. There must be a program that can turn my pdf scan into whatever my E-reader uses.

  3. @the chief: You could try Calibre; it’s free, and does a pretty good job of converting between lots of ebook formats. Downsides: Calibre’s user interface can get confusing, and PDF (in general) is not the best format to convert from.

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