Plustek Optibook 3600
The latest copy of CILIP Gazette briefly reviews this scanner from Plustek on page 10.
This is the very scanner that we ordered for our unit to use when scanning items under the CLA trial scanning licence. We chose it because the glass goes up to the edge of the plate, allowing us to scan right into the crease of a book, avoiding the distortion that appears with ordinary flat bed scanners. It also only costs about £200 which is considerably cheaper than specialist book scanners.
Our main issue to date has been that it was a bit difficult to get hold of. It took over a month from us ordering it for the equipment to arrive. We had various excuses from the suppliers when we chased them, including that the shipment had been stolen en route – presumably by pirates!
However, now that the scanner is here and we have been using it for just over a week, it does the job very well. Some books with very tight binding are not easy to scan, and I've had to re-do pages because I was not able to push the book in far enough onto the glass, but overall, its a lot easier than trying to scan books on an ordinary flatbed scanner.
It is to be recommended, if you can get hold of one!