BookDrive DIY

Why BookDrive DIY?

BookDrive DIY is a cost-effective book digitization solution that combines the power of digital SLR cameras and the ingenuity of a unique v-shaped, auto-adjusting book cradle and platen to capture sharp images at up to 700 pages an hour.

While conventional flatbed scanners and expensive overhead types tend to produce distorted images resulting from book bindings and page curvature and cause damage to books as a result of applying force in an attempt to flatten pages, BookDrive DIY produces sharp images with no page curvature and is easy on book bindings.

Whether you are a small school, local library, university or imaging center, you can now afford an easy to use and highly efficient scanning solution. BookDrive DIY is the fastest and most affordable book digitization solution available today and because of its component based design it is entirely upgradable.

How does BookDrive DIY work?

BookDrive DIY employs powerful digital cameras, mounted either side of the book cradle, to produce sharp, flat-looking images fit for distribution or archiving and ideal for OCR text conversion. Simply place your book facing up on the v-shaped cradle, engage the transparent platen and press the capture button to shoot both left and right pages.

BookDrive vs. Other Scanners This information page summarizes what sets BookDrive apart from the competition.

Advantages of BookDrive

Face-up scanning

BookDrive DIY employs a unique v-shaped book cradle and transparent platen to help protect bindings (scanning is performed without laying books out flat and applying undesirable or unnecessary force to bindings) and save time (handling is kept to a minimum as pages can be turned without having to flip the book over each time).

No page curvature

Conventional or overhead scanners produce curved page images and rely on software to correct curvature problems. This approach is inefficient and unreliable, often producing poor or unusable results. However, BookDrive DIY's combination of v-shaped book cradle and transparent platen together with overhead SLR cameras guarantee sharp, flat-looking pages are captured everytime.

Auto-centering cradle

The bulk of the book gradually shifts to the left as pages are turned. This 'margin crawl' problem requires manual intervention from operator to reposition the book constantly to ensure consistent margin and page border. The unique V-cradle of BookDrive DIY will automatically correctly position the book before each scan. This produces consistent borders and margins with every page.


BookDrive DIY can be used to scan all kinds of books and can facilitate many different sizes, thicknesses and types of bindings. It is especially easy on battered old books.

OCR Accuracy

Best Scan for the OCR.

The sharp, curvature-free images from BookDrive DIY are perfect for performing OCR, a process that converts a digital image into a text-searchable, editable document.

The OCR software is optional but the output from BookDrive DIY will work well with all commercially available OCR software on the market.

Auto-centering cradle

Margin crawl and BookDrive DIY's auto-centering cradle and platen. Auto-centering cradle
The Evolution of Scanners

We've come a long way from flatbed and planetary scanners.

Thanks to advances in digital cameras, today the v-shaped book scanners from Atiz are empowering libraries around the world to scan millions of books.

Flatbed scanner
Planetary scanner
V-shaped book scanner
Book placement     
Face down on 180° plane
Face up on 180° plane
Face up on V cradle
Image capture tech     
Linear sensor captures
one line at a time
1 sensor captures
spread pages
2 sensors individually capture a true
left page and a true right page
Book centering     
Book must be correctly
positioned for every scan
Book binding creeps from left
to right as pages are turned
resulting in margin crawl
Book binding is centered
throughout scanning
Further handling not required
Stress on bindings
Fingers holding the
pages from flapping
V-glass gently
engages the pages
Capture method     
Manual capture
Button at every scan
Manual capture
Button or foot pedal every scan
Automatic capture
Timer and automatic sensor
Curved text lines
Mess near the binding
Curved text lines
Requires software fix
Straight text lines
Natively curvature-free

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Auto Capture Switch

Auto Capture Switch presses a scan
button for you so you don't have to.

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The differennces between BookDrive
DIY vs. BookDrive Pro.

BookDrive DIY vs. BookDrive Pro