Last September I wrote a brief overview on the various methods to digitize a textbook, at that time BlueLeaf was the premiere textbook scanning service despite their hefty price tag. That may no longer be the case. 1DollarScan (the most unoriginal name ever…) is a new book scanning service that will convert your print books into a PDF for only $1. 

Sounds too good to be true? In fact, it is. 1DollarScan’s pricing is based on a rate of $1 per 100 pages scanned, up to a maximum of $6. Still, it’s amazing that you could have a full course load worth of books turned into PDFs for reading on an iPad for $30. There appears to be a few drawbacks to 1DollarScan’s inexpensive solution, most notably the fact that they use destructive scanning to convert your books into bits and bytes. Environmentalists rest assured, they will recycle your book after two weeks unless you request to have it shipped back to you, albeit in pieces. You’re also responsible for covering the cost of shipping your books to 1DollarScan.

I’ll be sending an old textbook of mine off to 1DollarScan over the weekend to see if the service is all that it’s cracked up to be. Stay tuned for an update in the coming weeks.

[Via TechCrunch]