Since I've posted this review, I've heard from people who have not been happy with this service. Please look at comments below.
A departure from my book publishing company to review the services of Blue Leaf Book Scanning.
Blue Leaf is an online company that scans books and converts them into digital files. This is a service for published paper/hard-back books that have no available digital files. In my case, it was my book, Rented Rooms: A Collection of Short Fiction. Rented Rooms was published in 2003. At that time, I had uploaded a WordPerfect document, but after several changes of computers, word processing programs and cannibalized pull-aparts, the file was useless. Also to get the complete file back from the vanity press was also crazy expensive. (Yeah, my file. Let's not go there.)
So I heard about Blue Leaf and decided to give it a try. Ordering was easy and the cost of services very reasonable: $20.00. Ordering and payment is done online, then the book is mailed to the company along with the printed receipt. I received confirmation that the book was received and further advised when I should be expecting the files. (Books that are sent can be returned or destroyed. For books that are destroyed, the fee is what I quoted.)
Five days later I received an email that the files were ready for download. A user name and password were also provided along with instructions. The zipped file was huge. In my case 96MG. It took 9 minutes to download with high speed internet. If you have dial up, it would be better to ask for a mailed disc.
So what did I get? Folders of the following: Covers, PDF, PDF(reduced size), MS Doc (formatted), MS Doc (unformatted), Tech notes, and Copies of my bills.
My review...Awesome! To reprint backlist books or convert them into e-books, everything is provided. In fact, the unformatted Doc file already had most of the hyperlinks in place for epub formatting. While there was some minor clean-up (my book had wingdings), the editing was minimal. On the downside, the cover had poor resolution and the zipped file was very large. But both these aspects can be easily dealt with: a cover can be scanned at a local print shop and the files can be sent by mail. For the money and what you get, this is a terrific service!