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Book scanners: compare and contrast

For those considering large scale book digitisation, and the purchase of a book scanner, this brief report will help consider the pros and cons of some of the main book scanners currently available on the market.

Julian Ball, the author of the report, attended an event at the Munich Digitisation Centre (18-10 June 2008) where four vendors exhibited and demonstarted their scanners: Qidenus, Kirtas, Treventus and 4DigitalBooks.

The report lists basic specifications for each scanner, contact details and personal observations on the various products.

Julian Ball is the Manager of BOPCRIS, the Digitisation Centre based within the Hartley Library at the University of Southampton. He he also currently involved in one of the JISC-funded digitisation projects, 19th Century Pamphlets Online.

Download the report (PDF) on Book scanners Munich 2008.

Podcast Listen to a podcast on the 19th Century Pamphlets digitisation project with Project Manager Grant Young.

By Paola Marchionni

I work as Digitisation Programme Manager at JISC and am responsible, together with my colleague Alastair Dunning, for the successful delivery of a portfolio of projects that have been funded under the JISC Phase 2 Digitisation programme spanning 2007-2009. In addition, I lead on programme evaluation and programme support activities such as workshops and events, and work closely with the Communications and Marketing team.

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