QuarkXPress lets you publish a book in ePub format for digital book readers, or as an iPad app. But if you only have a printed copy of your book, you’ll need to have it converted to editable text and images.
One service is Blue Leaf Book Scanning, which uses optical character recognition (OCR) to convert your book back into digital form. For around $25, they will scan your printed book and send it to you as a Microsoft Word file. But be aware: the Word file they send you will still require significant proofing, editing and reformatting.
Another service is 1dollarscan, which will scan 100 pages of a book for $1.00. They do not return your printed book. As with all services that use OCR, you will need to carefully proof, edit and reformat the text.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.