Destructive or Non-Destructive Scanning
“The first decision to be made is whether to opt for destructive or non-destructive scanning.”
If you can afford to lose the book, always opt for destructive scanning. This is because:
- It’s cheaper. Destructive scanning starts at £8.99 whereas non-destructive starts at £25 per book (up to 350 sides) plus 10p a page.
- It’s faster (see the homepage and footer for the current estimate). There is also the option of a Rush Delivery service which we cannot offer for non-destructive scanning. For non-destructive scanning, each page is carefully held in place by the operator and this takes significantly longer.
- The results are better. For destructive scanning, because the spine is removed, each page can be scanned flat and so the text appears in the scanned version exactly as it looks in the original. With non-destructive scanning the book is held open and scanned from above. Whilst our corrective software is excellent, the curvature in the centre of the book can still cause the lines of text to slope slightly on some pages. Additionally certain kinds of binding, such as ring or nail binding, will be visible in the resulting scan. With destructive scanning these are removed and so do not appear in the scanned files. Finally if your book is on glossy paper, or suffers from page yellowing, then the light from the scanner may cause colour distortions in the resulting scans.
There are also some limitations of Non-Destructive Scanning
The thickness of the book has to be 3 or under. Any more than this and the curvature becomes too pronounced. If your book is over 3cm and you would still like your book scanned, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Advantage of Non-Destructive Scanning
Thankfully most of the books where non-destructive scanning is desirable are older, precious books. These older books usually have strong binding using, most commonly, glue and stitching. It is mainly newer books that use a thin layer of glue.