A friend called and said they had a book that was written by a member of the family that they would like to publish, but all they had was the print copy. Could they get it re-published and receive the royalties?
The answer is—yes—if you have the publishing rights, or if the copyright has run out on it. Not being of a legal mind, I’ll leave it to you to establish your legal rights to have it republished.
Another client came to me with the same problem, only this was a book they had published several years before and was still for sale on Amazon. They wanted to update it and re-publish it.
The problem was that they only had the book, they didn’t have a typed copy. When they came to me they wanted to retype it. Since this was a long book, the price of retyping it would have been pretty steep and probably prohibitive. I suggested we could convert it to a Word document which could easily be corrected and formatted for publication. This is an OCR process.
The problem with that is that there are inherent problems in converting a document—there are always misinterpretations in any type of conversion, and depending on the source document and the equipment used, the errors may be extensive.
Care should be taken to choose an OCR software with the highest conversion accuracy from image to text in order to minimize errors due to the conversion.
We use commercial grade scanners which scan much faster and more accurately than the typical personal scanner.
As with everything else we do, we have top-notch experts to do your OCR conversions; therefore making it economically feasible and possible for print to digital conversion which can be formatted and readied for publication—or re-publication, as the case may be.
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