I’d like to get more of my scores, song anthologies, and music textbooks digitized and imported into my iPad. So last week, I took a box of my scores and books to a local copy shop to have the bindings sliced off, so that I can feed the pages into my sheet-feed scanner.
All print shops have equipment that can slice off book spines, but surprisingly, not all shops are willing to perform this service for you. I tried FedEx Office as well as a local independent copy shop called copyamerica, and both declined to do this, citing some fishy-sounding excuses about past customer complaints. Luckily, another independent shop that’s local to me here in Silicon Valley, Copy Factory, was able to do this for me – they charged $15 for this box full of books.
Once I’m done scanning, I will probably
take the books back to Copy Factory to re-bind them with a comb binding take the textbooks back to Copy Factory to re-bind them with a coil or comb binding, and hole-punch the scores and put them in a three-ring binder (per pianists’ recommendations in the comment section of this post). As a bonus, the comb binding or three-ring binder will allow them to lie flat on a piano rack or music stand.
If your scores are not too thick and you have the time and patience, you may be able to slice off the bindings yourself. For a score that’s just a few pages, a guillotine paper cutter from an office supply store works fine, as documented at the Technology in Music Education blog. For a thicker book, you can grab a razor blade, box cutter, or Exacto knife and have at it, one page at a time. Admittedly it’s tedious and the cuts are quite a bit messier – I wouldn’t do this with my nice scores; I’ve only done this with low-value items. But hey, it’s a cheap method and might get the job done when no other means are available.
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