I have used the FlipPal scanners extensively in the last year. I love that they run on batteries and can scan up to 600 dpi. With older books and materials you could take the lid off the scanner and turn it upside down to scan your book pages, thus protecting the binding of the book. After Hurricane Sandy, I used these scanners extensively to recover and restore thousands of photos in one New Jersey town. When people heard what we were doing, they brought us their fragile historic documents, such as military documents and old marriage certificates. We even used it to scan old oil paintings that washed back up. The scanners come with software to stitch together larger scans. I had success with it.