Book Scanning

Turn your hardcopy books into searchable PDF files with our non-destructive book scanning service.

Hong Kong Imaging offers non-destructive scanning of perfectly bound or saddle-stitched books, magazines, and other print media up to A4 size with resolution up to 600 dpi. The book scanning service applies to books that will be scanned in their entirety.

During the scanning process, we preserve the original state of the book. It is not required to cut off the binding of the book or remove the spine.

Upon scanning each page of the book, we crop and rotate the images, and produce a multi-page PDF file for your digital archive.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) can also be applied on printed textual materials to produce a Searchable Multi-Page PDF file, in order enhance document searchability and provide full access to the content of the digitized version. OCR accuracy depends on a number of factors, including the condition of the original document, the contrast of the characters, the text language, and is usually in the range of 95% to 99%.

The book scanning process described here is designed to digitize printed media and make it accessible on digital devices. If the goal of your book scanning project is to re-publish the book in print format, a different process is required. Please, contact us for more information.


We take every possible step to protect the originals entrusted to us but under no circumstance shall we be liable for any damages arising out of the service we provide. To protect your privacy and artistic integrity, we will delete the files that you sent to us for output or the files that we scan for you 4 weeks after the job is completed.

Important note about data backup:

DVDs, USB sticks and USB hard drives have an average life expectancy of many years, However, they can become malfunction after a short period of time or simply lose their data. If your scans are saved on DVDs, USB-stick or on an external USB hard drive, it is necessary that you check the files and make an additional backup immediately after receiving the storage media.