Forgiving the frequency of words ending in –er in the title (trust us, it couldn’t be helped) Ion’s new gizmo is quite a high tech marvel for the reading-inclined. What does it do? Basically converts your printed library into digital format by scanning and saving. Easy, right?
First showcased at CES from January 6 to 9, Ion wants their new baby to impact the ballooning ebooks industry. The catch is the user still has to invest some grunt work converting the plain print to digital print. By grunt work is meant—as pictured above—sliding the volume into the cradle (we have to admit the Book Saver Book Scanner looks rather clumsy, ditto the product’s name) and then patiently scanning the pages two at a time. Getting into a rhythm is indeed good advice, especially when undertaking the digitization of such massive tomes as hardbound editions of War and Peace or Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
Another interesting aspect of the Book Saver Book Scanner is its manufacturer Ion. They basically applied their Ion Audio idea of converting old content into digital files on the book world, no small thanks to their vinyl-mp3 conversion technology’s success. Book Saver Book Scanner is a step in a new direction though we doubt it can seriously compete in the market once a more portable device with similar functions retails anytime this year.
If you’re wondering what happens to the print files after a lengthy scan, rest assured they’re saved on an SD card from whence PC viewing is possible. Alas, no word yet on price and other details, so stay tuned.