[Full Guide] Scan a Book to PDF with Phone and PC

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Learn the free ways to scan a book to PDF on your PC and mobile. Digitize the cumbersome pages to pixel and you can read them anywhere, anytime.

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Scan a Book to PDF

Scan a Book to PDF

While many prefer reading physical books, they can be bulky and easily damaged. For travelers, scanning beloved books into PDFs is a real relief,

This way, you don’t have to worry about pages turning yellow or the text becoming unclear. Instead, you can quickly locate keywords and make notes directly on these digitized PDFs.

But how can you quickly scan printed novels or textbooks into PDFs? We’ve gathered several effective methods for both computers and mobile devices to help you out.

How to Scan a Book to PDF with a Printer on a PC

Printers are excellent for accurate and clear document scans, offering various options to scan files to email or other formats. They are especially suitable for scanning thick books and documents with dense layouts, ensuring high-resolution digital copies.

And for Windows and Mac users, there’s a default on your PC to work with a scanner or printer. Let’s take a look at it:

Ensure your printer/scanner is connected to your computer via WiFi or USB and powered on. Install the necessary software to initiate scanning.

Open the scanner lid and place the book face down on the scanner glass. Align it with the guidelines on the scanner. (To avoid curved text, please press the book firmly to flatten the pages against the scanner glass.)

Place the Book into a Scanner

Place the Book into a Scanner

On Windows:

Step 1. Open the scanning software like Windows Fax and Scan, HP Scan.

Open Windows Fax and Scan

Open Windows Fax and Scan

Step 2. Based on your need, select the option to scan as a PDF, such as resolution, color mode, and contrast.

Step 3. Click “Scan” to scan the first page. After scanning, flip to the next page and repeat the scanning process.

Adjusting Settings in Windows Fax and Scan

Adjusting Settings in Windows Fax and Scan

Step 4. Once all pages are scanned, use the “Save As” option to save the books as PDF and choose the location and name for your file.

Please note that some printer software may not directly support scanning a book to PDF and may only output images. In such cases, you can use an image-to-PDF converter like PDFgear.

PDFgear allows you to convert JPG or PNG images to PDF quickly and in batches, without compromising quality. It also features an AI PDF reader for file summarizing and organizing, and an editing feature for making notes, all without fees or registration.

On Mac

Step 1. Open the Image Capture app in the Applications folder.

Open Image Capture

Open Image Capture

Step 2. In Image Capture, select your scanner from the list of devices on the left.

Step 3. Initiate the scan by tapping the “Scan” button and the scanned document will be loaded in Image Capture.

Start Scan with Image Capture

Start Scan with Image Capture

Step 4. Click “Show Details” to get into settings. Adjust settings like color, size, contrast, and brightness if necessary. Choose the file format as PDF in the settings. And then, click “Scan” again to complete settings.

Adjust Settings in Image Capture

Adjust Settings in Image Capture

Step 5. You can now drag the new PDF file out and save it to your desired location.

How to Scan a Book to PDF on iPhone/iPad

iPhone and iPad have a native scanner to capture pics with the camera. For people who don’t have a printer or find it confusing using professional printers, this feature is here to provide a quick and easy way to scan books to PDF on your phones.

Notes app, Files, and Email all allow document scanning and editing. Let’s take Notes as an example:

Step 1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone/iPad. Tap the compose button (a square with a pencil) to create a new note.

Step 2. Tap the camera icon above the keyboard > Select “Scan Documents” from the options that appear.

Initiate New Scan with Notes

Initiate New Scan with Notes

Step 3. Place the book on a flat surface with good lighting. Open the book to the pages you want to scan.

Step 4. Position your iPhone camera over the page. The app will automatically detect the edges of the page. (If the app doesn’t automatically capture the page, press the shutter button.)

Step 5. Tap “Keep Scan” to save the page, then turn the page to scan the next one. Repeat this process for all the pages you want to scan.

Step 6. Once you’ve scanned all the pages, tap “Save.” The scanned pages will be saved in a single note.

Scan Paper in Notes

Scan Paper in Notes

To make the scanned book into PDF, you need to tap the share button (a square with an arrow pointing up) in the note > Select “Save to File.” The new file will automatically be saved as PDF.

Save the Book as PDF

Save the Book as PDF

Note that the scan feature in Notes is quite basic. For more professional book scanning, PDFgear Scan meets your needs.

It’s a dedicated iOS scanner that provides comprehensive scanning features including cluttered background removal, automatically straightening the scanned document, and exporting the OCR result to various file formats. And all is done in just a few clicks:

Step 1. Install PDFgear Scan in App store. Launch it on your iOS devices.

Step 2. Place your book properly and open the page you want to scan. Choose “Scan Book” to begin. You can scan one page at a time by tapping the “Single” button or two pages simultaneously by tapping the “Double” button. The “A” and “B” indicators show the areas for different page scans.

Step 3. Tap the shutter to capture book pages, and tap the thumbnails at the lower-right to edit the scanned documents. After the editing, tap the “More” button and share the scanned book file as PDF.

Scan a Book in PDFgear Scan

Scan a Book in PDFgear Scan

How to Scan a Book to PDF on Android

For Android users, many apps are available for accurate book scanning. One great option to check out is Microsoft Lens.

This free app from Microsoft is designed to enhance the quality of your image files. It automatically crops out unnecessary edges, so you can focus solely on the pages of your book, making it a top choice for professional-quality document scanning.

Step 1. Download and install the Microsoft Lens app from the Google Play Store. Launch it on your Android device.

Step 2. In this app, select “Document” mode for book scanning. Place the book properly with good lighting, and turn to the page you want to scan.

Start Scan in Microsoft Lens

Start Scan in Microsoft Lens

Step 3. Now, position the phone’s/tablet’s camera over the page. Press the shutter button to capture the image and adjust the edges. Keep tapping the shutter button to scan additional pages.

Step 4. After scanning all the pages, you can review and edit the scanned document. This scanner allows you to reorder pages or adjust the filters for better clarity.

Adjust the Scanned Pages in Microsoft Lens

Adjust the Scanned Pages in Microsoft Lens

Step 5. Tap the “Done” button to finish scanning. Choose “PDF” as the save format and select the location for new file saving.

Save the Scanned Book as PDF

Save the Scanned Book as PDF

FAQs

What settings should I use to scan a book to PDF?

To scan a book to PDF, you should set the DPI as 300 or higher and the color mode as black and white for smaller file sizes. Ensure the document is scanned as a PDF, and if you want the final file searchable, apply OCR for text recognition.

Is there a free app to scan books to PDF?

Yes, Microsoft Lens is a great free app for scanning books to PDF, as mentioned in this post. Other excellent options include Google Drive and Adobe Scan, which also offer high-quality book scanning and PDF exporting for free.

How do I scan a book to PDF with automatic page cropping?

The scanner on iPhone and iPad enables automatic page cropping: Start a new note in the Notes app > Start Scan Document > Enable auto shutter to capture the scan > Position the camera to a proper place over the book. Notes will automatically crop the border of the page.

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