When digitizing all of your library’s books and housed texts, it might seem tempting to simply scan them into your new digital archive system – but keep in mind that doing so will greatly diminish the effectiveness of your new electronic library services.
Some of the key reasons why most libraries, both governmental and academic, are digitizing their texts is to improve user access, preserve historic, fragile texts, and save costs. However, to maximize the benefits you gain from digitizing your library’s works, you should understand the difference between simply scanning documents and total conversion into a digital format:
- Scanning. Scanning is probably cheap and fast and can be done by all of your library staff within a few months – spending only a few hours a day on the task. It’s also fairly simple to use an automated free scanning method which you can custom create with your scanner so that your employees aren’t standing by the scanner and turning each page, one by one. This method of digitization is fast and inexpensive.
- Full conversion of physical book into eBook. Utilizing the services of a conversion company, such as Print2eforms, this method confers the most benefits to your library’s digitization. Scanning your books converts each page into a digital image, whereas full conversion converts each page of text into a digital page of electronic text. With scanned images of book pages, your electronic library services will be lacking – users, who are trying to find sources for research, will still have to manually search through books for hours to find the topics they are looking for. In contrast, full conversion of each book’s page yields electronic text which is searchable via rudimentary search features on Windows or Mac. Using Print2eforms, your users will spend seconds finding the sources they need via keyword searches, rather than hours via manually going through each eBook.
So choose Print2eforms over scanning digitization methods. We offer competitive prices and boast a 99.95% accuracy rate. Contact us today to learn more about how we can improve your future electronic library services.