The DSI Process

Stage 1: Document Scanning

If you’re planning to publish to Kindle, Nook or iPad, create a PDF from a document, or reprint a book the key is to start with a complete set of clear images. Digital Scanning (DSI) can scan most types of physical media; if you need to scan books, scan microfilm, or just scan documents Digital Scanning can meet your needs. DSI will make sure your images are ready to serve whatever purpose you need them to. From creating eBooks to printing physical books, DSI has you covered.

DSI is experienced in scanning fragile books that cannot be disbound. We use advanced robotic book scanners to capture images without causing damage to books. We are experts at bound book scanning, and can handle books up to 10” by 14” without disbinding.


Stage 2: Document Processing

Once Digital Scanning has captured a complete set of images they will be submitted to our rigorous quality control (QC) process. Each book will be inspected to verify a complete capture before we begin to optimize the images for their intended use. Additional processing will clean scanning and page imperfections to create archive quality images suitable for future reprocessing.


Stage 3: Repurposing Your Files.

Once the initial processing has been completed, the files will be converted to the requested format. If uncertain, we will review the format options to best suit your needs. For most users we will use optical character recognition (OCR) software to convert printed text into an editable, searchable document. DSI is able to convert your files to be used for many different purposes. The column on the right details the common conversions we perform.



If you have a catalog of books that are not in print or electronic version, now is the time to take action. Hundreds of millions of tablets, eReaders, smartphones and computers have access to eBook distribution services. DSI can help you reach this enormous market. We have worked with operations large and small, academic, historical and commercial. Let us help you take advantage of digital distribution today.

To learn more about DSI's services and begin discussing your project, please visit our contact page.

Book Scanning SampleTo view samples of our work, please visit our samples page



Kindle Publishing

If you are looking to publish on Kindle, iPad, nook or any other eReader device it will require special formatting to meet usability standards. To go from a text file generated by our OCR software to a file ready to submit to the Kindle Store or other online distribution service requires intensive reformatting. This process involves:

  • Removing page breaks, page numbers, headers and footers
  • Formatting fonts, margins and spacing
  • Creating a table of contents
  • Creating metadata for the book
  • Creating a cover image

Digital Scanning will require you to provide us with metadata for each book we process, including ISBN, price, book summary and reviews. Should you prefer to create the metadata, or plan to make edits, we will provide a formatted MS Word .DOC file. With this file you can edit the text of the book and then use the utility or service of your choice to create the final eBook file.


Scanning to PDF is the best choice if you're interested in sharing your material online. PDF files are generally much smaller than a set of individual page images. PDF is a widely used format, meaning that users of any major operating system will be able to read the file. The PDF files Digitial Scanning creates are a complete digital recreation of the source material. PDF is ideal for sharing reference material online. When DSI converts your material to PDF we combine the archival files we create into a single file, and then use sophisticated compression and OCR software to create a compact, word-searchable file.

Print-on-Demand (POD)

If you want to reprint your books, DSI can help you through the POD process. We work with Lightning Source, a leader in the POD field, and over the past 14 years have had thousands of books printed using their service.  With Lightning Source you get the books you need when you need them. Many of the costs associated with printed books, such as inventory storage and shipping, are greatly reduced or eliminated by taking advantage of the POD model. When a customer orders a copy, it is printed and shipped directly to them; you only pay for the copies you need when you need them. Lightning Source streamlines more than just printing; title information is automatically distributed to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and hundreds of other resellers through the Ingram Books in Print Database. Wherever your customers are, DSI and Lightning Source can help you get your books to them.

Preparing a book for print-on-demand is a labor-intensive process. Each page image is carefully aligned and cleaned to a strict standard so that the printed book is uniform. A cover can be created from the source material, or a new cover can be created. The final files will be formatted to meet Lightning Source’s guidelines. DSI can help you submit these files to Lightning Source.

Promotional Material

The files that Digital Scanning creates for you can easily be repurposed for promotional use with programs like Amazon's Look Inside the Book, Google Books and Take advantage of these free services which enable potential customers to read samples of your material and directs them to where they can purchase the full version. Whichever method of distribution you choose there are ways to promote your material.