Book, Newspaper, and Photograph Scanning Services
Preservation-quality book scanning has arrived! Using state-of-the-art overhead scanners from i2S DigiBook, Creekside Digital can scan bound books without cutting the bindings — as well as loose documents, newspapers, photographs, and any hard copy materials up to 17”x24”. Whether you’ve got a single item or a huge collection to convert, Creekside Digital can help.
We can digitize:
- Bound books and Foldouts
- Ledgers and Notebooks
- Yearbooks and Scrapbooks
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Photographs and Postcards
- Fragile Documents and Manuscripts
- Maps and Posters
NEW! We now have flat-rate pricing for book scanning.
Highest Technical Image Quality for Book Scanning
Most book scanners use multipurpose digital SLR cameras which offer limited resolution and reduced document size. Additionally, these cameras may not be able to output uncompressed files such as TIFFs. Using a dedicated, proprietary scanhead with an effective array of 105 megapixels (35 million pixels per RGB channel), Creekside Digital is pleased to offer archival 8- or 24-bit TIFFs (uncompressed and lossless, up to 600dpi true optical resolution at full A2 size) for long-term preservation which meet or exceed all LOC, NARA, and CDL guidelines for Digital Master image files. Of course, we use a color-managed workflow to ensure that the colors scanned from your source books and documents exactly match what you see on your calibrated monitor as well as what you send to the press. For the highest quality book scanning available, this is the way to do it.
We also support emerging archival standards by offering our customers JPEG2000 and 36-bit (“Deep Color” – up to 68.71 billion colors per image) uncompressed lossless TIFF files. Of course, we can also deliver any standard derivative files for reader copies, web presentation, or general use.
Upon request, Creekside Digital will gladly share scans of photographic targets digitized on our equipment (e.g., Eastman Kodak TL-5003 “Old Man” Imaging Test Chart) in order to demonstrate the technical quality of the images we are able to produce.
Book Scanning Options:
- Color Depth: 24-bit full color (36-bit “Deep Color” TIFFs available for special projects), grayscale, or bitonal (black and white)
- Resolution: 200-600 dpi (true optical); downscaling available for lower-resolution files
- Image Types: TIFF (black and white, grayscale, or full-color, Group IV, uncompressed or LZW, single- or multipage), JPEG, searchable / image-only PDF, JPEG2000, GIF, PNG, and all other standard image formats
- MARC Records and metadata such as METS/ALTO, Dublin Core, and others
- OCR “sidecar” file output for compatibility with CONTENTdm and other digital collection management software
- HTML, RTF, and other eBook / Kindle-friendly document formats
Geometric Curve Correction
The facing pages of bound books will retain some curvature towards the gutter when digitized on overhead scanners. Using a glass and motorized book cradle, Creekside Digital minimizes this curve when scanning your books. Any remaining curvature is digitally removed after the initial scans have been created using software from i2S DigiBook specifically written for this purpose.