How To Remove a Book’s Binding [video]

Prepare your book for *FAST* scanning! Scan and digitize your books and your entire library.

In this video I demonstrate an easy way to remove the binding from a book so that it can be *QUICKLY* fed through an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF). This will save much time during the scanning process. No special tools are required, only a sharp knife (i.e. box cutter), a straight-edge, scissors, and a cutting surface.


If cutting up books is upsetting to you, DO NOT WATCH!

Transformation, Not Destruction

Yes, the books are damaged, as the binding is removed, but you will end up with a digital copy that is more permanent (provided you have a reasonable backup protocol in place) and easier to read (because you can zoom in and make the text larger than it was originally — you will appreciate this more if you are in your forties and enjoying the effects of presbyopia.

It may be possible to rebind this book using highly viscous glue, or CURLOX binding, but I personally do not rebind any books so I cannot say for sure. Let me know what you find out, if that is something you try.