Kindle’s are doing for books what the iPod did for music back in the early 2000’s. They are revitalizing the industry and getting more people into reading and also back into reading by providing a useful interface that emulates a book near perfectly while being considerable smaller and thinner. Over 5 million Kindle’s have been sold in the last year and I myself have just purchased one.Although it hasn’t really been marketed too much, the iPad also have built in support for reading eBooks and also support the Kindle application meaning that you can read Kindle books on your iPad. The success of the iPad goes without saying, but both these extraordinary devices are single-handedly revolutionising many industries including computers and literature, and the fact is that thanks to these devices there has been a surge in book purchases and magazine and newspaper subscriptions. So if you’re an author or publisher you might have thought about getting your publications converted to the formats that are supported by these two devices as well as the other e-Reader devices that are out there.Book scanning is the only feasible way to make this happen, usually by sending your book(s) to a professional document scanning company, many of which have specialist book scanners made for the job which enable you to gain access to a PDF, ePub (for the iPad) and mobi file (for the Kindle), making them completely text searchable in the process and fully readable by their respected devices.Book scanning is usually completed by taking the book and either scanning it in at high quality in its current state or by taking it to pieces. If you’re willing to let the book be taken to pieces, this usually makes the job of scanning and conversion considerably easier and will take less time, hence the cost should be lower. However many books that come through for this process are rare and hard to find so are requested to be kept in their initial state. When the scanning itself is completed, the pages are then OCR processed. If you’re not aware of OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, this is the process of converting the scanned files, which at this point are effectively images, into fully text-searchable and computer readable files that can be used for searching and finding certain keywords or names within documents. The converted files are then usually converted to the required format and checked to make sure they are set our correctly and that the line spacing and other important elements are correct. This is done using industry specialist software.Once the book scanning is complete and the OCR, conversion and checking is done the files can be sent over to you to enter into the Amazon Kindle Store or to Apple’s iBook’s program.There have been a number of thoughts on this process over the last couple of years. Those who see books traditionally, see the likes of the Kindle as an inadequate replacement, not because they aren’t good at what they do, because books to many are sacred, and that’s up to the individual. However what isn’t arguable is that converting books to Kindle and other formats via book scanning breathes new life, not just into the book itself, but the entire industry. Progress will always happen and books in the traditional format will always be around to be read and treasured, but there’s no reason why progress can’t be allowed to happen at the same time.