Hi Jana. Epson is still producing some very nice scanners. I think they are the best quality for the price. Other scanners do work, and I don't mean to put anyone else's scanner down. I just work with a lot of people who are using Epsons, and I like the quality of the scans. Louise, who has submitted hundreds of books this year, is using one of the Epson scanners and may be a good resource for information about choosing a good model. I do like the quality of scans from my OpticBook. I don't like the customer service of the company that makes the scanner. I don't know how to quantify those things though. Over all, I'm still happy with my purchase because of the physical comfort the scanner provides along with its speed and ability to handle thick books well. For someone with arthritis, the OpticBook significantly decreases the shoulder and elbo pain involved in frequent scanning. If you're healthy and rarely scan thick books, these points won't matter as much. I know that picking out a scanner is both exciting and somewhat intimidating because it's a long-term investment. You're smart and know what you need and how you like to work. I know you'll make a good choice when you're ready. I hope you find a scanner that's just right for you, one that almost seems to have your name on it. (smile) -- Monica Willyard Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.