If this can work in Japan, why not in the U.S.? Yusuke Ohki lives in a small apartment, as do many others in Japan. He found it wasn't practical to store thousands of books in his tiny space, so he purchased an iPad. He then was disappointed at how few of his books were available electronically. He soon discovered that an iPad without e-books wasn’t much of a solution.
Taking matters into his own hands, Yusuke Ohki scanned all 2,000 books in his library onto his iPad. Now, six months later, he is helping others do the same through Bookscan.
Here's how anyone can use his BookScan service:
- Enter information about the books you’d like scanned into the Bookscan website.
- Then pay online for the book scanning.
- Pack up your books.
- Ship them to Bookscan.
- The books arrive at Bookscan.
- Bookscan chops the binding off the books and prepares them for scanning.
- The books are scanned.
- Someone checks over the books to make sure that they scanned correctly.
- The books are converted into PDF.
- The PDFs are shipped to you.
- The physical pages of the book are recycled.
A book scan costs 100 yen for a 350 page book. That’s about $1.20. (1 Japanese yen = 0.0120 US dollars) NOTE: This number was corrected after an earlier version of this story was discovered to have a typo error.)
You can read more, if you can read Japanese, at Yusuke Ohki's BookScan web site at http://www.bookscan.co.jp/. You can also read about the service in English in Bloomberg at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-03/ipad-makes-space-in-japan-s-tiny-homes-by-removing-bookshelves.html
OK, now who is going to start a similar service in the U.S.?