I bought my first scanner, a Canon, a few years ago to scan old books. At the time I was heavily researching a topic that was best covered by out-of-print books. Since I could never take enough notes to do my research justice, I needed a way to capture all the information in these books borrowed from the library.
Since then I have had an affection for scanning. I love that Google Books and the Internet Archive are full of scans of old books that most of us would never be able to access otherwise. Scanning allows you to digitize and share books, photos, and your kids drawings for archiving and sharing.
I have also found that every year I get more and more frustrated with the paper clutter that builds up around the house. I’ll blame the kids for that one. Having a scanner let’s you scan in receipts and school stuff and then throw it out. So not only are you organized but you don’t have to worry about fragile paper items getting destroyed over time.
The purpose of this site is to simply help you understand how to shop for a scanner by better understanding the most important features. I have taken the time to do some of the research for you and try to convey the basics for an average person. I also try to keep up with the bestselling lists and general recommendations on scanners and share that information here.
The cool thing about scanners as with most technology is that the field is always advancing. That keeps things interesting.