How to Convert a Physical Book Into an Ebook?




About: Chemical Engineering student.

Being a student majoring Chemical Engineering, I usually have bulk

textbooks, technical books and notes to scan (sometimes print) I’ve looked for an efficient book scanner for some time, but most them are expensive, extremely huge. Before long, I found a book scanner called Czur which actually is a Semi-DIY scanner. After using it for a couple of months, I think it’s maybe a good choice for students or someone who is enthusiastic about book collection. (I found a questions several days ago, and I’d like to share my experience here.)

So…let’s begin!

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Step 1: Connect Czur With Computer. Place the Black Pad Under Camera. Download the Official Software.

Step 2: Place a Book Under Camera

Note: here you need to wear the finger cots to press the book. And turn

page. That’s the DIY part.

Step 3: Software Preview and Process

Note: you need to choose the proper Processing

Mode on the software. For books, choose Facing Pages. Here I also choose B&W color mode (to make ebook). The left side shows scanning preview.

Step 4: Use Foot Pedal to Quickly Scan a Whole Book

When you press the pedal, you can use hands to turn pages and let one

foot to start scanning order.

Step 5: Another Useful Tool: Hand Button

When scanning documents, using Hand Button is

very efficient(because you don’t need to turn them)

Step 6: Make an EBook!

On software interface, you may process and change the Color Mode for

another chance. Here you can see the different results between different modes.

After that, choose Export to generate PDF documents.

Step 7: Results

This is the final results (just for reference. I scanned 20 pages this time)

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5 months ago

Question for Kate:
Once the book is copied, is it possible to word searches?

2 replies

Reply 5 weeks ago

YES.. that is why I scan a lot of my reference books, its easier to find things rather page through one.


1 year ago

You cannot just go around copying books - that is illegal - copyright law protects authors & publishers from what is effectively theft. If everyone did this no one would be able to afford to publish anything.

6 replies

Reply 5 weeks ago

I guess in a technical sense you may be right but as long as you retain the original book and don't share the electronic copy around, you should be fine.


Reply 3 months ago

There are limited exceptions under US Copyright law that make this activity legal. The most relevant one to me personally is the ability to make printed material accessible for specific people with specific, documented print disabilities (e.g. blindness, dyslexia, quadraagia)
A print disability is any condition that makes it impossible for a person to benefit from a traditionally printed book or periodical for reasons of a disabling condition. Blindness is, of course the most commonly understood of these--if you can't see the text, you clearly can't read it! Dyslexia is a reading disability that involves perceptual difficulties that revolve around the decoding of phonemes (letters and letter patterns), into words--so the person's vision is perfect, but there is a specific neurological processing issue that prevents the printed words from being understood as words by the person who has the condition. Finally, in folks with paralysis from the neck down cannot turn pages--therefore they cannot open the book to see what's in it. Conversion of owned texts or library texts for these people is legal (with conditions) under the Chaffee Ammendment to Copyright law. By converting these books electronically via screen reader and other software the materials become accessible to folks with print disabilities.
So there is a clearly legal and alturistic use for this instructable!. (But otherwise, I agree with you point.)


Reply 1 year ago

The fact that laws say it punishable does not equate to inability to do so.


Reply 1 year ago

I scan books and notes for personal use( saving and easy reading on bus), definateltly not for BUSINESS.


Reply 1 year ago

In the UK you are allowed to copy 5% for personal use.


Good article but need to clarify what you end up after scanning your book. Its not a true ebook, its a scanned document readable in any pdf reader. With that said, the differences you can't rescale the fonts or that kind of thing but the workarounds are reasonable with zoom etc. I acquired the CZUR scanner and find it very useful for not only scanning larger books and large photos, maps, etc. I still use my ADF scanner for smaller books that tend not to be easy to scan with the CZUR. In those cases, I have to remove the binding on the book to get a series of pages that will go through the document reader. I have a lot of small scale paperback books and they are more important to me as a scanned book then in a binding. The big advantage when you have a PDF, is to run OCR against it to make it searchable. Both CZUR and other PDF readers have that capability. Great for reference books of which I have a lot of.


2 months ago

in response to HStiles11:
Jun 28, 2018 - Making copies of the book for your personal use does not affect the market value of the work. For this reason, converting your book to an ebook is legal fair use despite the fact that you are converting the entirety of the work. It's just as legal as recording an entire TV show or ripping an entire CD.
so if you purchased the book it's yours to convert to any format for personal use.