07 September 2016
What's involved in converting a hard copy book to an ebook?



Many of our customers only have a hard copy printed book, perhaps because it was produced by an ancestor, or many years ago. For one reason or another the layout files from the printer are not available or not useable. In fact you are not alone. Many traditional publishers choose to ship hard copy books to their ebook conversion house for ebook creation because of the simplicity and time saved having to dig around for layout packages that are the correct and up-to-date version of the book.

We can easily work with printed books to turn them into beautiful reflowing ebooks. It just adds one extra step to our workflow, that of scanning and OCRing the book. This involves chopping off the spine, feeding it through our multi-page scanner, then running it through some Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, followed by a human proof of the resulting text. We will get rid of header and footer text, page numbers etc.

One drawback of OCR scanning is that even the most sophisticated methods of OCR do bring in the occasional error. For example quote marks are sometimes perceived as parts of a letter so you'll see an n become an m and a missing quote mark. Our OCR scanning process is done using state-of-the-art multiple sheet-feed scanners, and we also engage proofreaders to check through the resulting OCR'd text.

You can rest assured that with Australian eBook Publisher your book will have 99.6% accuracy. Some of our OCR'd ebooks include Fit to Fly, Baal Belbora, Dinkum Aussie Ringer, the ebooks by Dr Eddie Price, News Sense and More News Sense, and Admiral Pip's Hope.

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