Hi Tim. When I needed a cheap scanner, I bought a Canon CanoScan Lide 25 and later the Lide 70. They are fast, small, and slim enough to fit into a laptop bag. The trade-off is that they don't scan as well as more expensive models from Epson or the OpticBook. I learned to get reliable results from my Canon, so it can definitely be done. Another option you might consider is buying a used scanner from EBay. Mayrie and I have both done this with good results. You can often get Epson Perfection scanners at a good price. The Epson Perfection 1650 and 1660 are somewhat older scanners that get great results. A newer Epson model 4490 is what many of our active scanners use. You can find these on EBay for about half the price you'd pay in a store. The 1650 and 1660 aren't made new anymore, and people tend to sell them when they upgrade to something new. I hope this helps you. Monica Willyard "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker 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.