Book Scanning Service

Converting a Print Book (or typewritten manuscript) to eBook

We can help you to bring your book to a new worldwide audience, even if you only have a print copy available.

Many established authors have given new life to back-list titles with eBook editions. It is an exciting time to discover a new readership worldwide, eager to find eBook versions of previously published titles.

Our book scanning service produces an editable Word version of the content of your print book or typewritten manuscript. This can then be edited, and converted to eBook using our eBook Conversion Service. We get great feedback on our scanning service and we are confident that the quality of the output exceeds that of any other comparably priced service.

We can scan without breaking the book up, and return the copy to you if required.

The book scanning service works in the following way:

  1. You post us a copy of your print book (or we source a copy), which we scan, one page at a time. We are scanning in our UK office only at present, address details below.
  2. We extract the content from the scanned files using technology called OCR (Optical Character Recognition), and produce a Word doc from the extracted content. We run a number of automated and manual checks on the content to minimize the number of errors.
  3. We will email you the Word doc for proof-reading and editing. Once you are happy with the file, if you are using our eBook Conversion service, you can send it back to us and we will convert it to eBook formats.

Scanning Picture Books and Complex Layout Books

If you have a book that has many images, or illustrations, or has a multi-column layout which you would like to retain; we can scan and reformat the content using InDesign to produce a near-replica of the original layout if required. Contact us for more information about this process and the cost.

How long does it take?

We will usually have your editable Word doc back to you within 7 to 10 working days of receiving the print copy. If we need to reformat the content using InDesign (for picture books and multi-column layouts) the process can take an additional week.

Book Scanning Prices

The costs for scanning start at $249/£199. If you would like a quote for your project please email the details to