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Old 10 July 2009, 08:52   #1
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Best Book Scanner Hardware and Software under $1000

I was looking for a book scanner and also some PDF OCR software to scan in a few books and magazines.

On the hardware side I have found the following from Plustek:
Plustek OpticBook 4600 (1200 dpi, fast, $600)
Plustek OpticBook 3600 (also Plus and Corporate versions) (1200 dpi, $400+)
Plustek OpticBook A300 (A3, 600dpi, fast, $$$2000)

My top choice right now is OpticBook 4600 as it is fast and comes with software which can do more than 50 page pdf at once. Plustek OpticBook scanners also have the glass go pretty much right to the edge so you don't break books' spines or get distorted text. I would go for the A300 but it is too expensive for what it does IMO.

I do not think there is another book scanner series available for less than $2000. If anyone knows of one please let me know.

On the software side:
IRIS ReadIRIS 12 Corporate (
- an older version 10 Corporate comes with the above Plustek scanners 3600 Corporate, 4600, A300
ABBYY FineReader 9 Corporate (or Professional) (
- a very basic FineReader 5.0 Sprint version of this is included with the cheaper Plustek 3600 Plus scanner above
Nuance OmniPage Enterprise 17 (or Professional) (

Anyone know of any other good OCR software which can:
- take any number of input scans and do unlimited page searchable pdf files
- (auto) deskew
- (auto) crop
- (auto) flip for every second page due to different orientation after scan
- has very high OCR accuracy
- handles colour images fine
- handles multiple languages

Also, if anyone knows of any other useful tools for book scanning let me know.

Last edited by Calgor; 13 July 2009 at 09:22. Reason: Added FineReader and OmniPage to software
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