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Turn Your Book Into a PDF with Destructive Book Scanning

Turn your past publication into a new PDF file for just $149.
Call us at 1-877-961-6878 to get started today.

What is destructive book scanning?

Destructive book scanning is the process of digitizing books by separating and scanning each individual page of the book to develop high quality PDF files, which can be used digitally or to create a brand new run of printed books. Digitizing your book can also help protect and save it, by electronically archiving it forever. Instead of a bound book that can face wear and tear, a scanned book ensures that your writing will be timeless in its digital format.

Whether you’re scanning old books or lost your manuscript document files, breathe new life into your previous work with BookBaby’s book scanning services. We'll turn your book into a PDF digital file that you can use to create a brand new version of your printed book when you purchase 25 or more printed books. We offer a variety of different pricing options, depending on your needs.

Why self-publish your book with BookBaby?

Breathe new life into your physical book with our book scanning service. We’ll convert your old book into a PDF file that you can use to create a brand new version of your printed book. Digitizing your book pages ensures that your writing will be here for generations to come.

How does destructive book scanning work?

First, we’ll unbind and remove your book’s pages to ensure precision throughout the book scanning process. We’ll then scan all of your book’s content. The scanning project will take about three days to complete. Once finished, your book will be a print-ready PDF that can be used to republish your work into a new custom-printed book.

Why reprint your book with BookBaby?

  • Affordable book printing in all standard book trim sizes and binding types. Customize your book here
  • Publishing specialists are here when you need help
  • Prepress experts assure your book is set up correctly before going to print
  • Every book copy is made under one roof in our Philadelphia-area facility
  • Your books are printed in as fast as five days
  • Your books are 100% guaranteed or your money back

What type of book will you make?

Start planning your printed book’s trim size, paper stock, and other bookbinding custom elements. Get started.

Not sure where to start?

Talk to one of our publishing specialists who can answer all your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my book destroyed in the process?

Yes. To create a high-resolution PDF file, your book will be taken apart so each page can be accurate for our book scanner.

Will my PDF file have searchable text?

No. Your PDF is only an image and is only useable for print applications.

Are there any requirements?

Your bound document's width must not exceed 8.5".