Do you have a book which was previously published that you would like to update and republish, but only have the print copy? Or perhaps you’ve gained the rights, through inheritance or otherwise, to a previously published book?
As a facilitator for self-publishing writers, I recently had a project which required converting a book from print-to-digital.
The project was to take a book that has been for sale on Amazon and convert it to Word so it could be edited and republished. The challenge was to scan and OCR the material for the least amount of problems to be corrected.
The book has been for sale on Amazon for the past 26 years and is still generating royalties, even though the book is now out-of-date. After the conversion to Word, updates were made and the book will soon be for sale on Amazon again, as an updated version and probably generate another sizable sum in royalties for the next 50 years.
BBSS uses commercial grade scanners which scan much faster and more accurately than desktop scanners. We use complex OCR software as used in converting legal documents in order to minimize the errors inherent in a PDF conversion, thus making the editing and formatting process cost effective.
Perhaps you have the rights to a book that either you have written or an ancestor has, but all you have is the book. There are no typed versions of the document. As long as you have the complete rights to the product, you have the right to publish it as a book.
A historic book or memoirs of a family member are perfect examples for this type of project. This process can also be used for books whose copyrights have expired. Do a search in public domain and you will find thousands of these. For example, you could take a self-help book now in public domain, bring it up-to-date and self-publish it.