Facts about e-Books

It seems that e-books have appeared almost from nowhere. This blog looks at little known and significant facts about e-books – the digital book revolution - that every avid reader should be aware of.

The first e-book was patented in 1949 by a Spanish teacher, Angela Ruiz who wanted to decrease the number of books her students had to carry to school. In recent years, e-books have boomed, especially with the introduction of products such as the Amazon Kindle which allows users to instantly download a book and begin reading in seconds. Find out some little known facts about the e-book revolution that you have probably never heard.

Environmentally friendly

E-books are good for the environment. One tree can normally produce 50 books. This would mean that e-book readers would only have to read 50 books to save a tree. Instead of buying 50 paperbacks or hardbacks and let them gather dust on your bookshelf, why not invest in a Kindle and stop trees from being used for paper?

Electronic publishing saves paper. For example, one weekly issue of the New York Times consumes 75,000 trees. One year’s worth of Sunday papers produced by the New York Times destroys and consumes more than 3,900,000 trees. It’s much more environmentally friendly to subscribe online.

Big Books Sell

According to PEW Research, 75% of people between 16-29 have read a printed book in the last year, with the younger generation preferring digital products – with the exception of e-books. Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords found that e-books that have over 100,000 words sell significantly more than e- books that have under 50,000 words.

E-books Make More Money for Publishers

When it comes to profit margins, e-books generate a higher profit margin than hardback books. A hardback has a profit of 41% for publishers, making roughly $5.50 for each book sold. E-books can make publishers nearly $8 per sale, creating a 75% profit margin. That is an increase of 34%! Publishers can even make money from books released decades ago, by converting a new edition and launching it digitally.

Long Odds on Becoming a Bestseller

Only a tiny proportion of the market is making serious money from their efforts. Hugh Howey’s Author Earning report found that 100 authors made $100,000 or more from publishing e-books. With roughly 390,000 e-books being sold in the U.S. alone according to Bowker research, the chances of making $100,000 or more from an e-book are very slim.

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Misconceptions of the Paperless Office

paperless office misconceptions

According to recent reports, more paper than ever is being thrown away and 35% of companies are ordering more paper than they were five years ago. So what's the problem? What is stopping businesses taking paperless steps?

The paperless office. Yes, we do talk about it a lot but judging by these reports, it needs discussing a lot more to change people's misconceptions about adopting digital business processes. So, let's take a look at the most common excuses that have prevented companies going digital with their document management.

It's too expensive to go paperless

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This is not the case. In fact, you may well be wasting money with your current system on document storage and file retrieval costs among others. If you don't have the infrastructure to handle the digitisation process yourself then the smart choice would be to outsource to document scanning services rather waste money on attempting it yourself. Plus, outsourcing usually costs a lot less than you realise for the services it brings.

I can't get rid of aLL of the paper in my office

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This is a common misconception about the paperless office which shows that perhaps it should have been called something else. While achieving a completely paper free office can be achieved if you really set your mind to it, the paperless office concept is really just to encourage the use of LESS paper and adopting more efficient and environmentally friendly means of doing business. Now this idea is easily achievable!

I will need to train my staff again

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In this increasingly digital age, we are all surrounded by digital products on a day to day basis whether that's mobile phones or computers so if you adopt the right document management software, it will be simple enough that it can be picked up by anyone with a basic knowledge of computers.

My documents will be less safe in digital form

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Again, not true. This rumour is constantly fed by news of digital files being hacked and information leaked but if you use safe servers and file encrypted documents with passwords, your digital documents will be completely safe from the risks of loss, theft and damage that paper documents are increasingly susceptible to.

Paper is too important for my business

surrounded by paper

This opinion is definitely just a mind set. In the same way that we claim we can't live without our mobile phones , it is simply a case of adapting to change. Where you would usually use paper documents to share important files with colleagues, you can just send a digital file over email. It can even be edited in real-time with apps such as Google Docs.

Going paperless won't change anything

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There is such a broad range of benefits that come with going paperless that it's incredibly likely that it will bring at least one positive change to your company. You could;

  • Save huge costs on storage
  • Speed up file retrieval times
  • Improve customer services
  • Give your documents more security
  • Increase office efficiency
  • Boost green credentials
  • Save/reclaim office space
  • Boost employee morale

...the list goes on!

It's always been done this way, why change it?

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What kind of attitude is that? If everyone thought that way, we would still have walking as the only mode of transport and be cooking dinner on bonfires! Progress is important to improve everyday life. Sometimes you might not even realise the positive effects a change can have until you make it. Just think about the evolution of the telephone to smartphone. All I can say is you'll never know unless you try and the benefits speak for themselves.

How Pearl Scan can help

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a wide range of paperless office and document scanning services which can be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client. Our services can ensure the process from paper to paperless (or at least paper-light) is a smooth one with optional extras including OCR processing, cloud hosting and document retrieval software. If you would like some more information about the paperless office and how your company can benefit, check out some of our blog articles. For a free, no obligation quote for paperless office solutions, get in touch today.

How Archive Scanning Can Help Council Libraries Cut Costs

How our book scanning services can benefit councils with our archive book scanning services in London and throughout the UK.

According to Voices for the library, over 500 UK public libraries out of the nation’s 4500 are currently facing the threat of closure. With library cut backs determined by a local authority and budgetary pressures, one way libraries can cut costs is by investing in book scanning. What does this mean for the libraries at risk?

Libraries can benefit from book scanning in many ways

Costs can be reduced by saving on the amounts of space needed. Converting many books into a digital format helps reduce the square footage taken up by physical items. This allows local authorities to save on the amount of money spent on running a property. These spaces can then be used for other purposes such as community functions.

Under the 1964 Public and Libraries and Museums Act, libraries have to offer a comprehensive and efficient library service for free. Converting books into a digital format and bringing local libraries into the future helps reduce costs and ensures that laws aren’t being broken.

Book scanning is the process of converting books into eBook format suitable for iBook, Kindle and eReaders. E-Books have seen a rise in popularity over the past decade with more and more books being made available in this format.

Some libraries have archives full of old books, manuscripts, journals, files and documents. Transforming these helps bring old items into the public eye, and gives life to old books that previously sat collecting dust. Old books also tend to be fragile. Digitising them ensures that they are not damaged by rough handling or sticky fingers.

The digitisation of books also helps ensure that libraries are not lost if a physical building succumbs to damage such as fire. With all files stored online and accessible on any device, library collections can officially stand the test of time with Pearl Scans bespoke book scanning service.

Bound and Unbound scanning methods are used with our book scanning services

We scan a wide range of books, transforming them into any required format. The book scanning service can be tailored to meet the needs of libraries of all sizes. Using two different methods, bound and unbound scanning using either a document feed scanner or upright scanner, no file is too big or small to be converted. Each scanning process carries its own benefits, which can help libraries and local authorities save substantial amounts of money.

If you can’t find the information you need, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free no obligation project quote. How do you think the book scanning process can benefit libraries and local authorities? Share your thoughts with us on social media!

Whether it's books, documents or microfilm, we offer professional scanning services in London that includes expert advice with a cost-effective solution for you.

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