1DollarScan, a service that lets publishers, authors, and consumers mail work to be digitized and sent back as a PDF, is fully integrating with Evernote, allowing its scanning service to be utilized in the cloud.
1DollarScan, which has its roots in Japan (it's operated by zLibro, Inc.) and is based out of San Jose in the U.S., provides its scanning services for all customers under the condition of Fair Use. Users agree to the terms and conditions, which does not allow the sharing or distribution of any scanned content (additionally, a user agreement form is signed by the user and scanned as part of the delivered PDF file to show ownership). Copyright holders can specify their approval or denial of the scanning of printed books at 1DollarScan’s Copyright Management Center.
“We’re the first digital book scanning service to integrate with a major Web brand like Evernote,” said Hiroshi Nakano, CEO of 1DollarScan. “Our integration with Evernote will help further expand our footprint in the U.S. market for any consumer or business. Our advanced scanning and operations software enables us to deliver the fastest, highest quality, and most affordable digital scanning service in the world.”
1DollarScan’s scans are compatible with all platforms, and use Fine Tune technology, a free service that optimizes the reading experience for all devices with high resolution and color quality.
Despite assurances that copyright is protected under fair use provisions, the Authors Guild, for one, is concerned. When reached for a statement, the Authors Guild's executive director Paul Aiken said: "If the information on its website is accurate, this is a copyright infringement service. Their fair use defense is laughable." He continued: "There are differences between digitization projects of 1DollarScan and Google and HathiTrust, but they share this: each is subverting the author's fundamental right to choose whether or not to make a work available digitally, and under what terms. Though it makes sense for most authors to enter the digital book market, digitization has clear risks. It's not up to unlicensed third parties to choose whether to take those risks with an author's work."
In response to Aiken's statement, Nakano replied:
"We honor the copyright of publishers and authors and hope to deepen our relationships with them to expand the eBook market further. We are not trying, in any way, to force publishers or authors to use our service to digitize their paper books. We have never shared any content through our services. We do not want to compete with authors or publishers. We are not subverting the author's fundamental right because we scan and digitize physical books that customers have already purchased, and it is one-to-one transaction for their personal use only."