Choose a Document Scanner

Although the suggestions in the previous chapter should help you to cut down on the volume of paper that comes into your life, they won’t stop it altogether—and they won’t eliminate the paper you’ve already accumulated, either. So we move on to the next phase, which is scan­ning your documents so you have searchable digital copies, after which you can (at your discretion) recycle, shred, or file the originals. To accomplish this task, you’ll need a scanner—and not just any scan­ner. In this chapter I explain what makes an ideal scanner for this specific application, mention a few good candidates, and help you decide which one to buy.

I want to warn you up front that the type of scanner I recommend is not cheap—a $50 ...

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