Internet Archive’s Book Scanning Robot

This is the way to digitize old books! The Internet Archive’s version of the Kirtas APT 1200 book scanning system in Toronto, Ontario, is shown in this video. Simply insert a (bound) book, press a button or two, and let the robotic scanner turn the pages automatically, saving a digital image of each and every page as it operates.
The first section of the video shows an operator working with the robot on every page turn. Later there is a section in this 10-minute video where the robot runs without being touched.

I’d love to have one of these in my living room! However, it is far more cost-effective to simple send your out-of-copyright books to the Internet Archive where the will digitize the book(s) for you at no charge and place the images online at Instructions for sending your books may be found at preserves 750 million Web pages per week! The nonprofit saves about 35 petabytes (that’s 35,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of data PER WEEK! And that only counts the web pages being preserved. also has digitized 2.7 million books and all of them are available online. (See for the details.) In addition, digitizes and preserves old magazines, music, photographs, radio shows, television shows, movies, and more.
You can learn more at


I wish they wouldn’t have given the camera to my Uncle Dave – he never did learn to hold the camera still. I feel sea sick…


ALL books and publicans should be scanned and indexed. Then people can go to a library to view an original. When the copyright ends or the author releases the book or publication it can be made available to all.


CAVEAT: The scanner makes no accommodation for works with fold out pages. Years ago a patron was thrilled to discover the family history online at only to discover the foldout pages with the descendancy charts were not scanned. We alerted and I think the library that scanned the item but neither acknowledged our concern and as far as I know they not gone back and scanned the missing pages..


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