Book Scanning – Destructive vs Nondestructive – What You Need to Know

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What’s the difference between destructive vs nondestructive book scanning? What do I need to know about those two?

When a book or ledger is a unique item, if it has cultural or heritage value, or if it’s simply the only copy in existence, then our purpose-built book scanners provide a totally nondestructive method of Digital Capture.

Having the appropriate Scanner using a V or Flat supportive cradle and Glass Platen ensures there will be no damage to the book through the scanning process. It will actually extend the life of the scanned document because you’re individually opening every page and allowing it to breath for a short period of time.

The result is a perfect rendition of the book, ledger, or whatever it may be, without any risk of damage.
So, to give you an appreciation of the options available to our clients, we’re have undertaken a project for a government department, they have a complete archive of gazettes from 1904 through to 2000.

The collection had many instances of multiple copies, some they only had the one copy. Obviously the ones with only one copy, we used our book scanners, and where they had multiple copies we were authorized to guillotine the spine of the gazettes and utilise our High Speed Document Scanner.
The overall total project cost was reduced because of the efficiencies we could introduce.