Scanning and digitising books, magazines, manuscripts, journals and newspapers to a digital platform. A book scanning service offered in London and across the UK.

Book Scanning Services in London

A large collection of books that can be converted to eBooks with our book scanning services in London and across the UK.

We have been providing expert book scanning services in London and throughout the UK for over 16 years. Within our scanning bureau, we take exceptional care in handling your books, while we scan them and convert to any digital formats, such as Microsoft Word, TIFF, PDF Searchable, Amazon, Apple etc. Whether you are looking to simply digitise your book and convert it to PDF, digitise a big collection of books for digital archiving or possess a rare historical book that needs preserving, we have the infrastructure to fulfill any requirements. 

We can scan anything

  • Bound books
  • Unbound books
  • Heritage books
  • Archives
  • Novels
  • Textbooks
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Manuscripts
  • Comics
  • Manuals
  • Journals

Book scanning methods

Depending on individual requirements and type of books, we can digitise them by using either a destructive or non-destructive digitisation method.


Destructive book scanning service in London and across the UK. Discover the advantages of unbound book scanning.

Destructive is the most commonly used book scanning method. Before the scanning takes place, the binding of the book is carefully removed, by using a professional guillotine machine, which allows to free up the pages and scan them with a specialist book scanner, up to A0 size.

  • Quick scanning
  • Cost effective
  • Good quality


Bound book scanning service in London and across the UK. Discover the advantages of bound book scanning.

Non-Destructive book scanning is best suited for books that are valuable and non-replaceable, as the book is kept completely intact throughout the whole scanning process. For this method we use specialist overhead scanners, that allow us to safely scan books in size of up to A2.

  • Special gloves approach
  • Undamaged books
  • Reduced lighting

Optical Character Recognition

By using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, we can make your books fully text searchable and editable. The advantages of using OCR for your scanned books is that it will be easier for you to find your favourite book every time.

The advantages of book scanning

  • Gives you the opportunity to sell or republish your written work in an online format.
  • With having digital formats, you have the possibilities of editing and re-editing your work at any time.
  • To have your favourite book safe and secure as a digital copy.
  • Makes your process easier to share your books and magazines with whoever you like.
  • Giving yourself instant access to your favourite titles wherever and whenever.
  • From digitising your books, manuscripts, journals, etc. This enables you to archive or preserve any collection you have.

We can convert your books into various different digital platforms to suit your requirements.

Contact us today

For a free book scanning quotation, contact us by calling 0207 183 1885, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or using our online Contact Us Form.

A free trial

A free trial of our document scanning and data capture services in London, Manchester and throughout the UK.

We offer a free trial of our data capture and scanning services in London to prospective clients as proof of concept. Find out more:

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Why choose Pearl Scan

Document scanning | Audits

We are backed up by external quality and security audits. Our operations have been audited and approved by many NHS, Local Authorities, Private blue chip companies and we pride ourselves on the high levels of quality and security we provide to each and every one of our clients.

Our data capture and document scanning services offered in London are accredited to industry standards.