It's too bad I didn't get my hands on the new IRIScan Book 2 until a few weeks ago. It would have been the perfect tool for that situation.
The IRIScan Book 2 is a portable scanner that works like a magic wand when you pass it across a page of text or images. With one pass, you can capture text, photos, charts and drawings. The scanner is powered by a pair of AA batteries and it saves the scanned material as JPEG images on a microSD memory card.
The scanner is designed to work with pages that are a 8.5 inches wide. It requires a steady hand to get a clean image, but it was far more forgiving that I expected. If you move too fast, a red light appears telling you to start over. Buttons on the scanner let you choose between color and black-and-white images and higher or lower resolution.
Once you’ve finished scanning pages, you can download the captured images to a computer or tablet using a memory card reader or with a USB cable. Software that comes with the scanner lets you convert scans into editable text or import them into PDF, Word or Excel files.
The IRIScan Book 2 costs about $100. For $20 more, you can get the executive version that has a rechargeable battery and Bluetooth for making wireless transfers to a computer, tablet or smartphone.