Black & White, Grayscale or Colour

“Fourthly, determine the colour of the books or documents you would like to be scanned.”

Once you have picked your package, the next step is to identify the colour of your books and/or documents.

  1. Yellowing Pages: If your book has yellowing pages caused by the passage of time then select this option from the drop-down menu in the Store – regardless of the colour of any text and images inside. If there is no page yellowing, then select from the following options:

2. Black and White: For books and documents that contain only black ink set against a white background. Novels, for example, largely fall into this category. They mainly contain continuous prose with no pictures, photography, graphs or tables.

3. Grayscale: For books and documents with a range of shades of gray without apparent colour. Whilst Black and White contains only two levels, black and white; grayscale includes all of the different shades between black and white. Grayscale images scanned with black and white settings will appear blotchy so it’s important to choose correctly.

4. Colour: For books and documents with colourful text and/or pictures and photographs inside. Cook books and travel books are two examples of these.

Yellow Pages: Many old books have yellow pages caused by the passage of time.

Black and White books have black text and images set against a white background.

Grayscale books contain shades of gray, usually pictures or photographs, but may also be text boxes and graphs as well.

Colour books usually contain either colourful photographs or pictures such as this one, or the writing itself may be in colour.

In reality, many books are a combination of black and white, grayscale and colour. If so think of it like a hierarchy. If your books have black and white and grayscale, select grayscale. If black and white, grayscale and colour, select colour.