Book Scanning – The Process to Get Books Digitised

What is the process involved to get all of my books digitised?
Essentially, there’s the initial contact with Microsystems. We require an appreciation of the characteristics of your books – sizes, volumes, that sort of thing. I’ll propose a quotation, relative to the information you’ve given me and then hopefully we will receive authority to proceed to undertake the process of digitisation.
The scanning of books using our dedicated book scanners involves essentially opening each page individually and proceeding one at a time through the book.
All of our book scanners are purpose made. They are state of the art, and they all achieve a minimum of 350 dpi optical, full 24-bit color giving very high rendition quality for the material that is presented to us.
So, whether we are using a V Cradle scanner or a flat platen with supporting cradle is dependent on the characteristics of the book.
The pages are generally scanned under glass, the counterbalanced glass puts a slight pressure on the page essentially just enough to take the curvature away from the spine of the book.
This produces a very flat image with no curvature as it comes toward the gutter off the Books spine.
We scan nominally at 300 or 400 dpi, 24-bit color. This produces an extremely high-quality rendition of the original source material. Our scanners can scan up to A-1 size, and still exceed 300 dpi optical.

When somebody gets their book scanned, is OCR / Text recognition included in the cost or is that an extra?
If a Book is Text based I will always recommend we OCR the content to create a fully searchable image file, if the register is Hand Written generally the recognition results do not warrant OCR and we will introduce more granular indexing techniques to give known locations of content within the Register.
Quite a significant percentage of the work that we do that are handwritten ledgers that are quite historical in nature. So, for them, we’re manually indexing the period, date, name, because they might be internment books from the cemetery or maybe rates books from Council etc. So, therefore, what we’ll look at is the actual feature or characteristic of that book and identify the features to correctly index.

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