True Preservation-Quality Book Scanning.  Own Your Scans.

Not a good fit for Internet Archive’s Book Scanning Services?  We can help.

For years, Internet Archive has been scanning books by the millions of pages at a very reasonable rate.  However, their book scanning service isn’t a good fit for every collection.  Because the resulting scans must be made freely available on the website, collections that have copyright restrictions which keep them from being put online don’t qualify. Creekside Digital is pleased to offer a premium, standards-compliant non-destructive book digitization service which allows our institutional and corporate customers to have a greater degree of control over what happens to their book images. As with all of our imaging services, our customers own their scans for a very affordable per-page price — competitive with Internet Archive’s published rates. This is ideal for situations where you’d rather host your own content — or even monetize it if appropriate.

36 Megapixel Imaging.  Full-Color TIFF masters.

The BC100's oversized platen can safely accommodate even the largest bound volumes during book scanning.

The BC100′s oversized platen can safely accommodate even the largest bound volumes.

Creekside Digital digitizes books using the most advanced purpose-built book scanning system available today – the Digital Transitions BC100 Book Capture System.  Essentially a “Scribe on Steroids,” the BC100 features a pneumatically-actuated oversized platen to gently and non-destructively digitize books up to 17” x 25” with bindings up to 6” thick without disbinding or otherwise cutting them apart.  Its V-cradle design minimizes or completely eliminates curvature imparted on the page images during book scanning due to tight bindings while respecting the integrity of the materials.  And a human operator is in control of 100% of the captures created using this system, which means that unlike robotically-controlled book scanners, our system is safe for fragile, oversized, and otherwise difficult to digitize works.  Finally, Creekside Digital’s color-managed workflow ensures that your works’ color content will be faithfully captured in the resulting high-resolution master files and accompanying derivatives.

Keep Your Edge.

By default and according to the FADGI Federal digitization guidelines, Creekside Digital doesn’t crop inside of the page edges of each page’s scan during book scanning.  Rather, we retain the edge of each page so your patrons can be sure that they’re looking at a complete digital version of the source book.  Of course, we can crop inside of the page edges upon request after digitization (as a derivative — the master file will always retain the page edges)  to yield “cleaned up” images ready to load into your favorite page-turning software.

Incredible Pricing thru the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative.

For nearly five years, Creekside Digital has offered our true preservation-class digitization services to libraries and other cultural heritage institutions across the United States via the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative. We’re pleased to add our premium book scanning services to the LYRASIS service footprint.  For one low per-page price, LYRASIS members receive:

  • 300-400dpi archival master TIFF (24-bit full color, uncompressed)
  • JPEG2000 lossy derivative
  • Searchable PDF with hidden text
  • Text file of OCR output

For more information regarding Creekside Digital’s preservation-class book scanning services available through the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative, including pricing and eligibility details, please contact Laurie Gemmill Arp, LYRASIS Director of Digital & Preservation Services, at (800) 999-8558 x2908, or email her at

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