AALL Spectrum

AALL Spectrum / November/December 2018 / Volume 23, Number 2

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 37 Speaking with Scannx VENDOR VOICE I n 2008, shortly after retiring from serv- ing as president of document scanning technology provider Visioneer, Murray Dennis decided to drop off some overdue library books that he noticed his sons had left on the kitchen table. As he was leaving his local library, Dennis was surprised to see several students deposit- ing change into the library's copy machine to reproduce book pages. "I said to myself, 'I just spent the last 10 years providing Fortune 500 companies with digital imaging solutions,'" he says. "'And my city library is still using 60-year-old paper- based copier technology?'" When, shortly after that day, a company Dennis knew approached him for advice about marketing their specialized book-edge scanner, he had an idea. The scanner, he says, did a great job of preventing book bind- ing damage during the scanning process, but libraries didn't seem interested in acquiring it For the past six years, Scannx has provided thousands of libraries with an easy, economical way to copy photos, documents, and portions of books. because it appeared to be more complicated to operate than a copier. "The need for a turnkey solution, espe- cially for library patrons, seemed obvious," Dennis says. "I decided to combine the book-edge scanner with a dedicated touch- screen computer, put together a software development team, and founded Scannx in 2010." After two years of additional software development, the company launched its first Scannx-branded product, the Book ScanCenter, in 2012. In addition to producing its own scanning devices, the company has since partnered with Zeutschel and other manufacturers to create copier-replacement solutions that can scan up to an 18″ x 24″ area, produce a non- skewed image, and instantly store scanned content from books, documents, and photos in digital destinations such as Dropbox or Google Drive. BUSINESS EDGE

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