The battle of the e-reader has been fought for some time, but most critics agree that the current leader is Amazon’s increasingly popular Kindle. First launched on November 19th 2007, the Kindle has revolutionised the publishing industry and seduced millions of readers who swore that they would never contemplate using anything other than a good old-fashioned paper book.

Typically, the Kindle has undergone some refinements and its third variation is far more sleek and stylish than its original ancestor. The Kindle 3 first appeared in 2010 and is already a bestseller in its own right, appearing in a record number of Christmas stockings at the end of the year. No doubt Amazon is now receiving record orders for e-books.

Whoever remembers the transition from vinyl to compact disc in the 1980s will recall the dismay of many music lovers, who found it difficult to access equipment that could play their precious 33rpm albums. To solve this problem a company called Ion Audio developed equipment capable of transforming vinyl LPs into digital file format, a crowd-pleaser for many music fans, who found it impossible to replace rarities.

In a similar vein, Ion Audio has produced a nifty device that can photograph your books, turning them into a digital format that can be read with the use of an e-reader. The Book Saver Book Scanner has the ability to scan a 200-page paper book and convert it into e-reader format in 15 minutes. The data can be saved onto an SD card that can be accessed either by an e-reader or on a computer.

With many books now discontinued and unavailable either in digital or hard copy versions, the Book Saver Book Scanner might be the answer.