How to scan and digitize your textbooks.
Take your learning online with these quick tips.
With technology, you can have all the information of a textbook — and more — at the click of a button. Instead of purchasing expensive textbooks and lugging them around, learn how you can digitize your learning experience.
Practical tips for digitizing textbooks.
It probably doesn’t make sense to scan in every single individual textbook page. Instead, you’ll want to be strategic about your learning efforts. Consider these tips as you go digital:
- Determine your reason. Why are you scanning the textbook? Is it to share a few pages with colleagues? To archive a lesson for future reference? To avoid buying the actual book? Your reason will affect your strategy — if you just want to share a few pages or archive a few chapters, a mobile scanning device is an easy fix. If you want to digitize an entire textbook, you might want to look into professional scanning services.
- Break it up. Don’t scan an entire textbook at once — that might be more trouble than it’s worth. Instead, go section by section as you learn the material or review the syllabus. You might find that you don’t need every page anyway.
- Use your phone. The easiest scanning solution is right in your pocket. Try Adobe Scan or another app that allows you to scan textbook pages into PDFs with a photo. Using your phone speeds up the process and allows you to quickly create folders of PDFs for each chapter or section of your textbook.
- Combine your copy. Your scanned pages may save as separate PDFs. Merge any PDF files to keep sections together and organize your learning (you can also split your PDF files later, if you want to).
PDF your learning.
Learn more about how you can use Adobe Acrobat to create a convenient, paper-free learning experience.