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Plustek BookReader V100

Plustek's BookReader V100 integrates high-speed scanning scanner with book edge design, natural voice synthesis (for read back) and highly accurate text-to-speech and optical character recognition (OCR) functionality, all in one device. To create an audio file, the user simply places a book or document on the scanning platen and with a touch of a button, the BookReader V100 transforms printed words into audio files which can be saved in MP3 and other formats.


Designed for book scanning

The Shadow Elimination Element (SEE™) eliminates the book spine shadow and text distortion associated with books scanned on flatbeds and copiers.

Natural Voice

The Plustek BookReader provides high quality speech output to make your book reading experience more enjoyable.

Magnify Tool

The user-friendly magnifying tool can be used independent of the BookReader system and gives you complete access to all other programs you might need enlarged print for; it provides a "see & speak" function while you are reading the text.

Searchable PDF Available

All scanned items can be saved as a searchable PDF. You can even use the book reader software to read any other PDF documents

Audio Files

Scanned documents can be saved in MP3 or WAV format. By using a portable audio player, you can enjoy listening to books anytime and anywhere.

Color Contrast

The color contrast function increases the visual effectiveness and helps those with color blindness using certain color combinations. This allows for a more enjoyable and easy reading.

Zoom Text

This function provides the ability to enlarge documents to allow for easier on screen reading.

Hot keys

Simple hot key design to control the functions you need, such as voice volume, forward/backward, reading speed, color contrast, word spelling, etc.

Repeat Function

Allows the user to repeat any of the text with varying degrees (i.e.: word, sentence, paragraph, page) with one button.

Word spelling

The word spelling function can enhance learning and pronunciation of words.

Text Editable

A useful and practical tool to rewrite or modify the scanned documents.
Image SensorCCD
Light SourceCold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
Optical Resolution1200 dpi
Scanning Area (W x L)216 x 297 mm (8.5" x 11.69", A4/ Letter Size)
Power Consumption< 18 W (operation), < 4.3 W (idle)
InterfaceUSB 2.0
Net Weight3.9 Kgs / 8.5 Lbs
Dimensions (W x D x H)450 x 283.5 x 93.8 mm
Hardware RequirementsPentium II or faster CPU
CD-ROM Driver
One available USB Port
128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
500 MB free HDD space
ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint Plus

Optical Character Recognition software with a simple user interface, supports recognition up to 177 languages and has the following features,

  • Work with single or multi-page documents.
  • Easily create searchable PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, TXT, HTML files.
  • Convert paper documents to digital information.
Scan and read documents, and save in searchable PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, TXT, HTML files for editing, collaboration and sharing.
Supports recognition up to 177 languages.
Plustek DocTWAIN

Industry standard TWAIN drivers ensure compatibility with thousands of image enabled applications including: document management, document capture, enterprise content management, forms processing, photographic imaging and image management applications.

Magnifier 2.0

The Magnifier function has been designed with a fresh look and help the user be able ot read the user interface well, as well as the scanned contents.

Education - Library



Plustek Helps Medical Campus achieve its Goal to Go Digital


The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina opened in July 2011 as an innovative medical education program designed to address the shortage of rural doctors in the United States. The goal of the program is to attract medical students with a strong interest in practicing rural medicine and encourage them to stay and build their own practices in rural areas after earning their degrees and completing their residencies. The new campus’ curriculum is tied to the classroom offerings at the KU Medical Center’s campuses in Kansas City and Wichita. The learning process relies heavily on video-conferencing, with students in Salina participating in lectures with their peers in other cities and receiving many of their lectures via podcast.

To keep the program functioning at its highest potential, Salina campus leaders decided that the best way to streamline costs was to go green by using products such as scanners that are more cost-effective than printers and reduce paper waste.

School administrators reviewed their options and were leaning toward a large and expensive book scanner that had been used with great success on another campus. Before deciding on purchasing it, they were introduced to Plustek’s ST BookScan Center, which offered features similar to the larger scanner but was more cost-effective. Because of its size and price point, KU School of Medicine-Salina administrators opted for the ST BookScan Center. They believed the ST BookScan Center was a good match for the school’s highly computerized curriculum. School administrators believe the medical students will find it more suited to the electronic delivery of course materials than a traditional copier. 2

“We’re hosting a new generation of students who are much more comfortable and tech-savvy than ever before, so I’m sure they will think of endless ways to use the scanner in ways we haven’t even discovered,” said Lucy Kolhoff, senior coordinator, KU School of Medicine, Salina campus. “Because of the distance from the main school, our campus uses digital methods of communication, so the ST BookScan Center works well with what we’ve been trying to create, which is a highly accessible place to learn and retrieve information quickly.”

Currently, Kolhoff is using the ST BookScan Center for archiving and digitizing documents that are easily sent to the main campus. The scanner is located in an accessible spot that allows medical students to readily scan library materials to thumb drives and emails as well. Kolhoff believes that the Plustek ST BookScan Center would be ideal for businesses and educational facilities that rely heavily on paper and toner but want to go green. Kolhoff said that its user-friendly software made the ST BookScan Center simple to understand and easy to use.

An ideal alternative to the copier, the Plustek ST BookScan Center can scan books and large format documents to a USB flash drive, shared network folder, FTP site, email address or even a printer. The system is easy to use and does not require user training. Prompts on the touch screen display guide users through the scanning process and enable them to save books, bound materials and documents in a variety of formats including searchable PDF. The ST BookScan Center was created based on the concept of book preservation, digitization of content and sharing of the book electronically. It can scan up to A3 size page (12” x 17”) in just 2.4 seconds. Thanks to Plustek’s patent pending SEE technology, spine shadows and distortions are eliminated and thick books are scanned without unbinding or dismantling making it a perfect solution for digitizing precious and valuable books and documents. The optional coin-op/card-op payment system can be added for organizations that want to generate revenue from the use of the system. 

Education - Classroom

General Education and Special Education Classrooms

  • Scan and email class materials and tests to support remote and distance learning programs.
  • Scan and email class materials to tutors.
  • Create PDF, MS Word, MS Excel, Word Pro, WordPerfect files of student term papers and projects.
  • Email student work examples to parents and other teachers.
  • OCR and create editable electronic copies of paper documents.
  • Can be integrated with optical mark recognition (OMR) software or applications (upon request). 
  • Scan optical mark recognition (OMR) tests and forms.
  • Easily scan book pages or other bound material for classroom presentation or student resources.
  • Home Tutors can scan and submit students' tests and reports from the tutoring location site.
  • Scan photographic slides and film strips for classroom presentation.
  • Create MP3 files from books to support adaptive reading assistance programs.
  • Create MP3 files from books or paper documents for visually impaired students.

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