If you are unable to submit digital files for Lightning Source to process and print from, you can submit an already printed book instead. We will take the book apart, scan the cover and interior pages, produce digital files, and print from these files.

What are the Fees for Scanning a Book?

The total cost of scanning your book is based on the exterior, page count and if your title has images within the text.

Exterior Cover Scanning for both Hardback or Paperback is $75.00 or £42.00

Interior Book Block Scanning is $0.25 or £0.14 per page. This includes blank pages and up to 20 B&W halftone images.

If the interior pages of your book have more than 20 halftone images, then additional images are billable at a rate of 20 halftone images at $80.00 or £45.00.

Cost example of scanning a hardback book with 180pp and 30 images:

Cover scan:                     $75.00                £42.00

Interior scan:                  $45.00                £25.20

Additional images:          $40.00                 £22.50

TOTAL COST                   $160.00              £89.70 


A halftone is an image that is made up of a series of dots rather than a continuous tone.

These dots can be different sizes, different colors, and sometimes even different shapes.

Larger dots are used to represent darker, denser areas of the image, while smaller dots are used for lighter areas.

Since a halftone image is made up of discrete dots, it requires significantly less ink to print than a continuous tone image. When printed with black ink, a grayscale image converts to a pattern of black dots that simulates the continuous tones of the original image. 

When printing a grayscale image with black ink you essentially are printing a B&W photograph because the halftone is simply black dots of ink. This includes:

  • Photographs, black and white or color
  • Pencil drawings with shading
  • Grey (shaded) bar and boxes
  • Grey lines and text
  • Grey drawings
  • Grey boxes with white text or with black text
  • Graphs and charts with multiple shading

What wouldn’t be considered as a halftone?

A solid black pencil drawing

Solid black line drawing

Black chart

Black line graphs

NOTE: Color text and images may become black when scanned.

The turn-around-time to produce files from a scanned book is usually two weeks. Once the scanning process is complete, Lightning Source will produce the digital files for your book and provide an electronic proof for you to review and approve on your account. You may place a proof order and then approve the eproof after receiving a printed copy of your book.





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