Amazon has created a new tool that allows readers to turn their physical books into e-books, as the online retailer grows its digital reading options.
Kindle Convert, an application for Windows, turns print books into digital versions that work on Amazon’s Kindle software, TechCrunch reports. The program costs $19 and requires users to scan the pages of physical book at a computer scanner. The hardware can help Kindle users convert out-of-print and rare books into digital form, with the goal of preserving them and making them more accessible. Converted books can be viewed in adjustable font and employ dictionary lookup and Whispersync.
Amazon has been pushing its Kindle platform with an ever-increasing array of digital reading platforms, including an e-book library, self-publishing for textbooks and books, and free access to the Washington Post.