How A Printed Book Becomes A Digital eBook

The Apple iPad may be one of the biggest updates to the modern classroom in recent memory, but what good is a new tablet without any content? How do you turn the tried-and-tested (and loathed?) textbooks that you’re accustomed to using into a digital eBook? A new visual guide lets you in on the ‘behind the scenes’ of how a standard printed book becomes an interactive eBook.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to the process than just your typical ‘strip and scan’ system where you peel the binding off a book and just feed it through a heavy-duty scanner. In fact, there is an editorial process, digitization process, and a lot of work required to actually make the eBook more than just a standard old PDF.

While a PDF is still preferable to many, often times a scanned PDF is not able to be reliably searched. For example, optical character recognition (OCR) only works so well. You need a lot of steps to figure out the best way to make an eBook as useful as possible.

If you’re looking to turn a book (of any kind) into a digital eBook, use this visual guide as a way to start your long and hopefully fun journey!

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1 Comment

  1. Aussie Arena

    February 13, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I sometimes doubt over the modern tech and it use in the class rom. Students should be in touch with books. This is serious!