News Briefings: HarperCollins Strives for Global Reach | Book Scanning Service1DollarScan Integrates with Evernote. Everyone happy?
Beyond being able to access scanned ebooks anywhere Evernote goes (aka: everywhere), 1DollarScan VP of marketing Ryan Brusuelas explains that users will also be able to record their notes, comments and impressions on those books through Evernote.
According to Brusuelas, "the main benefit of this integration is so that people can organize their e-reading experience. Right now, it's not very organized. We're dealing with, ironically, a new digital clutter."
Brusuelas notes that 1DollarScan (which is affiliated with the Japanese company Bookscan, which performs the same services, and which is unrelated to Nielsen BookScan), after cutting the book spines for scanning, indeed destroys and recycles all of that delicious pulp.
As part of the scanning service, through which 1DollarScan converts, using optical character recognition, print books into reflowable PDF files, the company requires customers to agree to not distribute their new files, and includes that signed ownership document in the PDF.
"So far we haven't had any issues," says Brusuelas. "We believe it falls under fair use." He adds that "our goal is not to compete with publishers, it is to collaborate with publishers."
Publishers and authors are provided a portal to approve or deny the scanning of printed material at author.1dollarscan.com. However, not everyone is convinced the company is acting responsibly; as reported elsewhere, the Authors Guild believes this process to be copyright infringement.
Speaking of publisher bugaboos, 1DollarScan also offers an Amazon direct option, wherein print books ordered from Amazon can be sent directly to 1DollarScan to be converted to ebooks.
Services like this could go a long way toward solving a problem lots of ebook converts have: what to do with all of those read and unread p-books once one has made the leap to digital reading. It will be interesting to see how this develops.