I have a hard copy of a book which I want to convert into e-book format or some format that can be downloaded from a website. As a complete novice at this could somebody advise me of the best way of achieving this? Do I do it with a scanner? With all the advertising blurb out there it's difficult to know which is best. Many thanks.
Most folks buy a scanner with several applications bundled with it: among them, an OCR ( Optical Character Recognition) app.
These programs take your scanned images of text and convert them to editable, useful text. If your source pages are clean and clear, you can get some good results. Otherwise, you get a lot of errors, and a lot of editing and cleanup.
If the book is bound, you may have to disassemble it to get a good read: the inner binding may keep your scanner from seeing the characters near the book binding.
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