A vast, densely packed bookcase may still be a status symbol for some, but in small Tokyo apartments itâ€™s simply not practical. Whilst the arrival of the iPad looked set to solve the problem, Yusuke Ohki soon discovered that an iPad without e-books wasnâ€™t much of a solution. Taking matters into his own hands, he scanned all 2,000 books in his library onto his iPad. Now, six months later, he is helping others do the same through Bookscan.
I have no idea what the Japanese says, but it looks like this is the process:
- Enter information about the books you’d like scanned into the Bookscan website.
- Then pay online for the book scanning.
- Pack up your books.
- Ship them to Bookscan.
- The books arrive at Bookscan.
- Bookscan chops the binding off the books and prepares them for scanning.
- The books are scanned.
- Someone checks over the books to make sure that they scanned correctly.
- The books are converted into PDF.
- The PDFs are shipped to you. Or, something is done with the physical pages of the book. Maybe they’re recycled?
A book scan costs 10 yen for a 350 page book. That’s about $4.