The Guardian/Observer Review

DigitiseMyBooks as reviewed in the Guardian/Observer

“A DIY guide to digitising your books

Want to convert your most treasured books to digital? Here’s how…

James Bridle

The Observer, Sunday 13th October 2013

Following my recent column on Amazon’s Matchbook program, and the ability to obtain digital copies of your physical books, one attentive reader pointed out that the program won’t be available in the UK until mid-2014. Of equal concern, as I noted, the system locks you into Amazon’s Kindle – and still requires you to pay a bit more for a book you’ve already purchased. So, what are the more advanced options, particularly for older or rarer books?

You could consider doing what many of us did with our CD collections years ago: ripping them. With CDs, this was a pretty simple operation for anyone with a computer and a CD drive. For books, it’s a little bit more complicated – and expensive, depending on your DIY abilities.

UK company digitisemybooks.co.uk was founded by a former teacher who realised how valuable having electronic copies of books could be for educational purposes – among others. The site offers a variety of packages to create PDFs from books: simply pick one, then pack the books off to be scanned and (your digital copy) returned, for £5.99 per book if you want a searchable text…”

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