09 – Scanning books and bound objects

These are just some simple rules and suggestions to follow when digitizing books.

  • Typically these are skipped in digitization: blank pages [especially if there is a large amount] and spines of bound objects.
  • Always shoot the covers, even when blank.
  • When using the Atiz BookScanner, the laser focus will help with pages the auto focus has trouble with. If for some reason the laser is not working, contact your supervisor for troubleshooting, and shoot in manual mode. To do this, just place a piece of paper with writing on it over the page, take a test shot, and then flip the lens switch to manual focus. This focus will be good for at least 2-3 inches worth of pages. See the Atiz instructions page¬†for more info.