OpenBook Scanning and Reading Software

“When my school upgraded to OpenBook, my life started all over again. I now use OpenBook to scan all the science work/tests the teacher gives me. I'm never leaving school without OpenBook, the best scanning / reading package ever! ”
- Juan Alicea, Florida School for The Deaf and The Blind

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What’s New in OpenBook


Making Graphics-based Text Accessible to the Visually Impaired

OpenBook® converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format on your PC, using quality speech and the latest optical character recognition (OCR) technology. OpenBook utilizes both Nuance OmniPage® and ABBYY FineReader® OCR engines to bring you the most accurate text recognition available. You also can choose between two leading text-to-speech software synthesizers: RealSpeak® Solo (natural, human-sounding voices) or Eloquence (efficient synthesized speech that often is preferred for editing and document skimming).

Customize Your Viewing

With so many low vision features, you can tailor the appearance of text on your screen (font style, size, character spacing, and color), view with split-screen and compare your original document and OCR conversion results, use Masking and Word Spotlighting to help you follow text as it is read, and more.

OpenBook with PEARL - a Truly Portable Reading Solution

The PEARL® expands the features of OpenBook to provide lightning fast OCR. With OpenBook, the PEARL folding camera deploys in seconds to connect to your PC. You can instantaneously snap a picture of your reading material and be reading in seconds. Read more about the PEARL.

Mark Up Your Documents

Use the Highlight feature to mark important passages of a document for later reference and to quickly navigate within your document. You also can insert comments in a document and have those comments remain hidden or be announced during document review. You can even export Highlights and Comments to new documents.

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Man uses the split screen feature to see the actual page view in one window and highlighted text in another

Reformat Text for Easier Reading

Once your page has been captured, you have multiple options for viewing the information. You can display the text so that it wraps on the screen, enlarge the font, change the font style, and change the foreground and background colors. Have the individual words spotlighted as they are spoken.

Lightning Fast Page Acquisition - and No Page Scan Mistakes

OpenBook captures up to 20 pages per minute. Its built-in motion detection prevents snapping a picture until a page is turned and is perfectly still.

Maximize Your Productivity

Our Launch Manager lets you easily export OpenBook documents to other applications like Microsoft ® Word or Notepad, so you can share with others.

More PEARL Features

  • Scans 20 pages per minute while reading
  • Add comments and highlighting
  • Export to other applications like Microsoft® Word or Notepad

FREE DEMO of OpenBook (317 MB FTP download)

Supported Scanners for OpenBook

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Read the PEARL Data Sheet (PDF)


OpenBook Pricing for U.S. Customers

OpenBook software: $995

(Scanner must be purchased separately)

Purchase with the PEARL Camera: $1,790 for both

OpenBook supports 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows® 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista® and Windows 2008 Server, and 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server operating systems.

Call 1-800-444-4443 for multi-user license pricing

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