ABBYY BookScanner – smart pocket scanner for books!

BookScanner turns your mobile device into a powerful mobile scanner to quickly capture books, create electronic copies in PDF and JPG, EPUB or FB2 and apply online OCR to recognize texts from scans for further editing and sharing.

Create an ebook on your iPhone or iPad and make perfect digital copies of paper ones. BookScanner is a lifesaver for students, researchers and virtually anyone, that is always at hand.


• BOOKSCANNER. Take a snapshot of facing book pages. BookScanner will split the shot into two separate images and correct any distortions and lighting defects. It will then unbend any curved lines as if you pressed the book against the glass of a desktop scanner.
• EBOOKS. Scan paper books and create electronic copies in PDF, JPEG, EPUB or FB2.
• OCR. Recognize text (OCR) on scans in 193 languages (including Latin, Cyrillic and CJK alphabets) and choose from among 12 output formats (DOCX, PDF, TXT and more) preserving the original document formatting such as lists, tables and headers.
• MULTIPAGE DOCS. Create, edit and enhance separate images or large multi-page books (up to 100 pages per book) quickly and easily.
• SHARE & EXPORT. Send books via email, save in cloud storages - iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Yandex.Disk, Evernote and more, transfer them to your Mac or PC using iTunes sharing.
• BUILT-IN FILE STORAGE. Save scans inside the app with tags and search capabilities.
• PASSWORD POTECTION. Protect your image-only PDF files with a password while exporting and sending via email.
• AUTO-CAPTURE AND FILTERS. Excellent visual quality with auto-capture of page boundaries and advanced image filters, which processes scans in color, greyscale or black-and-white versions.
• BEST-SHOT PHOTO MODE. Select Best-shot button on the viewfinder and BookScanner will automatically choose and process the best of the three images captured.
• 3D TOUCH AND SPOTLIGHT SEARCH. Tap the BookScanner icon and find scans straight from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
• AIRPRINT. Print out scans directly from your iPhone or iPad.

The app is incompatible with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, it is also not recommended to use the application on iPod touch and iPad 1 and 2, due to the lack of autofocus cameras on these devices.
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What's New

Version 1.2

BookScanner has had a make-over and now a has a cool fresh look: intro screens, camera, editor and document library are all brand new! The modern design is based on the usability research, surveys and your reviews. We hope you like it and find that BookScanner has become easier, faster and even more enjoyable to use.
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Customer Reviews

3 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Way overpriced for what you get and very, very buggy


Wish there would have been a demo light version so I'd have realized this was not ready to be purchased yet, especially at the VERY high price for this app! It crashes like crazy. It's crashed on me over 15 times while trying to scan and edit and that's after restarting my iPad and iPhone. Also it continually makes the two page scanned images into 1 page vs the 2 that is supposed to make it faster - that was part of the whole reason I got this app because I have so many books to scan in. I'm trying to downsize my physical book library for digital and I thought the cost of this app would have been worth it, but so far it's been quite disappointing and taking up way too much of my time. I hope the developers work these kinks out soon otherwise this is money down the drain on an app that seemed so promising

Developer Response

Dear Caitie-Beth! We're sorry you had a bad experience with our app. We often make discounts and giveaway, join our Facebook group to be aware of it. Regards, ABBYY Mobile Team

Not bad despite some kinks


I been using 4-star FineScan products for some time so I bought this app for my iPhone 7.

The OCR is as good if not better than on the other products. In fact, it automatically and correctly crops and orients a single 2-page scan - even with the extreme curvature of pages in thick books.

It’s still annoying that the OCR doesn’t break for paragraphs but that’s not a world ender. I always proof a scan, anyway. No OCR software is perfect.

The only bug I saw so far is that the preview omitted the last page of a 4-page (2-shot) scan but appeared OCRed in the final output.

I expect product updates to be forthcoming.

Not so good as its brother FineReader


I bought this one largely due to my experience in using its brother FineReader, whose performance is indeed unrivaled. However, this app works really as its processes are web-based, which means all the work are actually done on the abbyy server! Given the large amount of pictures of a book, such workflow turns out to be unreliable and almost useless.
I WON'T recommend this app.

Developer Response

Hello, sunt05. Thank you for your feedback! We are constantly improving our apps, we will consider your notes. Best regards, ABBYY Mobile team.


ABBYY USA Software House Inc
63.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016, ABBYY Production LLC. Multipage Scanner & OCR. Scan books on the go.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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