Excellent A3 Book Scanner, Great for Scanning Bound Collections

Do you need help to handle book preservation? Don’t you know how to choose a book scanner? The well reputed OpticBook A300 Plus is a scanner specially designed for high usage environments. It is suitable for librarians to scan the library collection, and it is also suitable for general readers to digitize books that are not often used. Adam and Daniel were both B&H Photo Video members, after purchased and tested OpticBook A300 Plus, Adam was pleased with the scanning results, and Daniel thought this scanner worked great.

OpticBook A300 Plus can scan an A3 sized page in about 2.48 seconds or a 200 page 8.5 x 11” book in about 20 minutes. The special book-edge design scans book pages without the spine shadow and distorted text associated with book scanning on flatbed scanners or copiers. The included Book Pavilion book scanning software automatically crops and rotates pages and then saves to your choice of file formats including PDF, searchable PDF, EPUB, BMP, JPG and TIF. Plustek’s patent pending SEE™ (Shadow Elimination Element) Technology integrates mechanical, optical, and software technologies to provide clear images within 2 mm of the book spine. Shadows and text distortion found on books scanned by traditional scanners and copiers are eliminated. There is no need to remove book pages from their binding.

No. 1 User Review: Adam / USA / B&H Photo Video Customer

We have a scan lab at the Maine State Library that includes a range of different technology for digitizing various types of media. The Plustek fills an important niche for us, however, and I’d strongly recommend it for anyone looking to digitize bound materials at a fraction of the cost of buying a full blown book scanner. We use it a lot and have been pleased with the results. The Plustek allows scanning right to the front edge of the scanner. That allows you to scan one full page of a book or a magazine right up to the gutter without any distortion or shadow from the book gutter. The bed size is large enough that you can scan pages up to 11×17 in size. The Plustek is portable and costs a fraction of what it cost us to purchase the book scanner. We’ve also found that the Plustek does a much better job of getting page images of tightly bound (perfect bound or fastback bound) books that we need to image because we are able to get a nice scan without having to force the page spread completely flat. There are a lot of entry level book scanners that claim a good page spread from overhead scanning – I’ve yet to see any that provide image quality like what we get from the Plustek. If you want a relatively inexpensive way to get into book scanning and want good results, this is a smart purchase.

No. 2 User Review: Daniel / USA / B&H Photo Video Customer

We are a small research library that occasionally needs to scan our books and articles for our digital collections. It worked great. 600dpi archival TIFFs in seconds! I called Plustek to help with the settings and they were fantastic! Answered on the first ring and they were very helpful. Very little, if any, post-processing required. Relative to the amount it would cost to get our books professionally scanned and edited, this scanner is a steal.

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