1dollarscan.com sounds like a time-saving and reasonably-priced service for those of us with large libraries of printed music that need to be scanned into a digital format for use on an iPad/tablet or other computer. For as low as $1 a book, 1dollarscan.com will scan your book and convert it to a PDF file that you can download and use on your computer or mobile device.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: With this service, your physical books are NOT RETURNED, they are digitized and then DESTROYED! So don’t use this for your precious tomes with sentimental value where you can’t let go of the physical volume. Do use it for books that are cheap, used, and/or easily replaceable. I’m sure this policy of theirs is some kind of CYA for copyright laws.
Some other quick facts to know about this service:
- Base price is $1 per 100 pages.
- For an additional cost, there are add-on services such as:
- Text recognition to make the book searchable (in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and other languages)
- File compression and de-skewing (compression is important when using scores on a mobile device)
- Express service
- Accept direct shipments of your book orders from Amazon or other online book/music vendors
- (Coming soon) Direct upload to your Dropbox
- Processing time is 2-4 weeks for regular customers, 5-10 business days for Platinum customers (plus round-trip shipping time)
- Book covers are not scanned (so scan covers yourself beforehand, if you wish).
- They accept local drop-offs at their San Jose facility in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- They accept orders shipped from inside or outside of the U.S.
Review Lagoon has a pretty good review and follow-up report about their experience with the 1dollarscan.com service, and Living Dice also has a review. There are only a handful of reviews on Yelp about 1dollarscan.com, but all are positive so far.
If you’re shipping a lot of books from the U.S., check out the economical USPS Media Mail rates.
I haven’t yet tried out this service, but I will eventually – follow-up post to come.
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