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Portable scanners can be the perfect tool for those mobile workers looking to go paperless. The 10.9-ounce Doxie scanner is as small as these devices can be, and it can now scan documents directly into iBooks for the iPhone and iPad on the fly.

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Portable scanners can be the perfect tool for mobile workers looking to go paperless. A small, light scanner makes it possible to capture documents on the fly and convert them into a digital version, thus eliminating the need for paper. The 10.9-ounce Doxie scanner is as small as most scanners, and it can now scan documents directly into iBooks for the iPhone and iPad.

The little scanner handles 600 DPI resolution, and connects to Macs or Windows PCs via a USB cable. The included software provides a full suite of tools to handle captured images. One button-push on the Doxie scans documents into PDF format and ready for syncing (through iTunes) to any iOS device running the latest version of the iBooks app from Apple. This is a simple solution for those wanting to capture information for later reference on an iPhone or iPad.

The Doxie software will also scan documents to other cloud services — Evernote, Picasa, Flickr and others. The entire setup will fit in any gear bag. The scanner is $129 directly from Doxie.

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  1. Hmm, I’m not sure that scanning a document into a desktop computer, and then syncing it to an iOS device via iTunes, qualifies as “scan[ning] documents directly into iBooks for the iPhone and iPad.” The word “directly” suggests that no intermediate device such as a computer is needed. So this is really just a small but otherwise ordinary scanner.

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    1. Same here, that sentence confused me. But it seems to be a good scanner nonetheless. The next step were OCRing scans to create ePubs.
      One question remains unanswered though: what about full-size magazines (size about A3 when unfolded)? Can I scan them using this scanner? A “normal” scanner lets me fold whatever I scan, or simply is large enough for a magazine. But what about the little Doxie?

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